The Dream Giver: Following Your God-Given Destiny
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The Dream Giver: Following Your God-Given Destiny (Dream Giver)

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Bestselling author Bruce Wilkinson shows how to identify and overcome the obstacles that keep millions from living the life they were created for. He begins with a compelling modern-day parable about Ordinary, who dares to leave the Land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream. With the help of the Dream Giver, Ordinary begins the hardest and most rewarding journey of his life...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 3rd 2003 by Multnomah Books (first published 2003)
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Carol
This book changed my life! I cried thru the whole thing because ever since I was a small girl, I just KNEW that I was born for greatness and to make a difference in the world; however, I realized that I had allowed that dream to lie dormant, buried underneath fear and failures. I had settled for a life of mediocrity. but NO MORE! This parable is so easy to read but is filled with wisdom about how to never allow anyone to steal your dream and about the struggles we all face in reaching for that d...more
Julie
This book came at a crucial time in my life. It is a quick, simple read, but very profound. I found this information to be helpful in this new season of transition in my life. I learned that fear is just a four letter word and it is time to move with passion to reach my dreams. Yes, I said dreams with an "s", because life is full of many great things to achieve. Just holding to only one dream in life is too limiting. After reading this book I feel liberated from the prison of "ordinary" and that...more
David Rave
Best short book I ever read.
Sarah
Sep 27, 2008 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sarah by: Jeanne Page
The great thing about parables is that they are non-specific enough that everyone can find herself in one.

When I first read the preface to this book, I was extremely skeptical. The author wanted to be my "Dream Coach," excuse me? 'What a load of inspirational baloney,' I thought. 'This is going to be the cheesiest thing ever.'

But I had a few hours to kill, and the book was thin enough and written in big print, so I gave it a shot.

I think this cheesy little book of inspirational baloney has chang...more
Kent Thai
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Ron
Sep 18, 2008 Ron rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Ron by: wish I knew
Don't waste your money. At $17 for what would only be about one hundred pages if font, line spacing and margins were normal, it's pretty expensive.

Wilkinson is a great communicator. His The Three Chairs and Prayer of Jabez are classics of inspirational literature. The Dream Giver however does not meet those standards. It's half parable (John Bunyan, Wilkinson is not.) and half inspirational guide (complete with The Dream Giver "resources").

If you want to read something that'll do you some good,...more
Mack Bartle
This might be my favorite book. Dr. Wilkinson helps the reader discover his or her dream with a practical story that I will not forget. The Dreamgiver changed my life.
Nancy
After 7 years, I was ready to give up my dream of writing my first book that would help others. Just too many roadblocks and people constantly putting down my dream. My daughter recommended The Dream Giver to me. It made so much sense to me, helping me see that it is about the journey, not the destination. What encouraged me was the fact that I had to go around the bullies that "seemed" to be in my way. Once I decided that I CAN do what it takes to make my dream a reality, things became somewhat...more
Scott Sheppard
I thought the parable presentation was a nice was to present the info in a new way. However, I couldn't help but feel that the theme of the book was that for anything to be worth it there needs to be a massive struggle.

While I can certainly understand that often times struggles do exist, it's not a defacto result of trying for something better. So my advice to anyone reading it is to take all of the stories to heart, but not to manifest more hardship into your life than necessary.

When the stru...more
Ron
I could have given this more stars except for the author's insistence that we all have a "big dream" and have either forgotten it, buried it, or similar. The truth is, not everyone has a dream that they were "born for" and if they do, then it shouldn't be that difficult to discover what it is. If one has no ego, and is willing and ready to accept whatever their big dream is, but they still can't identify one, then perhaps not everyone really does have said dream - even if they'd like to have one...more
Maria Arnt
First off, if you don't believe in God and that he has a plan for you, skip this book. I don't believe in foisting my religion on others, so consider this fair warning.

That said, if you DO believe that, it's pretty good. I was very annoyed by the first half of the book, it's basically Joseph Campbell's journey of the hero, but without bothering to give any of the characters real names or personalities. The Alchemist did a way better job of presenting the same allegory, I just couldn't connect to...more
Tryn
We read this book aloud to our children and then met to discuss it with other families. It was interesting to sit in a room with four families, sharing the dreams we have pursued or would like to pursue, the dreams we have witnessed others pursue, the dreams that have failed, and those that have succeeded. That is the kind of thinking this book leads to. You start thinking about your dreams.

The first half of the book is an allegory. It’s pretty didactic and obvious, in the tradition of Pilgrim’s...more
Christy
This was a great story, but would have been fantastic if it was written with Ordinary using EFT to help him succeed. My boys laughed and soon rolled their eyes for the many times I stopped reading and asked what Ordinary could have used to make that part of the journey lighter. (Answer: EFT) That would be a great project for me, rewrite it with the paradigm change of EFT thrown in the mix.

The Dream Giver was a great allegory of a man named Ordinary who lived in the Land of Familiar and left his...more
Amanda Strnad
I almost feel as though there are two separate books within THE DREAM GIVER instead of two parts.

The first part, "The Parable of the Dream Giver," is worthy of 5 stars, in my opinion. Beautifully written and easy to follow, it tells the story of a man named Ordinary seeking to live out his dream from the Dream Giver. It is so well written I believe the parable could easily stand alone without any commentary.

Maybe I'm biased since I've previously read so many books and heard dozens of teachings o...more
Carol
If you have had the experiences described in this book, it is very applicable. I have and I get it. For those who have not been through the valleys and experienced the mountaintops, it may be a little more difficult to follow. But read the book. Put yourself in the place of an Ordinary. Move into the land of Extraordinary...you will be blessed.
Jennifer
This was a really quick read but worth the 2 hours. It makes you think. It's a parable of Ordinary who lives in the land of Familiar and goes to his Usual Job every day then comes home and sits in his recliner and watches the box. (Sound familiar??)
One night Ordinary has a dream and knows it's from the Dream Giver. He finally can't stand it any longer and must follow his dream. So, he must leave the land of familiar and confront Border Bullies and accept help from Champion and make it through a...more
Jillberry
The first half of this book is an allegory, while the second half is a detailed explanation, chapter by chapter, of the allegory. That format lends itself to a certain level of corniness, but all in all, it was a helpful guide in understanding the challenges (the obstacles and their corresponding opportunities for growth) that lie in the way of pursuing God's Dream for our lives. My linear brain had a hard time dealing with the fact that in real life, the steps don't necessarily match the order...more
Ruben
I'm not a religious person and this book works for me. I don't think one has to be a religious or church-going individual to be inspired by this book. I feel very connected to God without religion and this book spoke to so many passions that I had once given to the grave. If you're truly journeying and open to simply reading, without seeking a 1-2 step plan, then you'll probably be inspired by the dreams that do lie within you...dreams that may have been tugging at your heart strings for year bu...more
Randi
"The Dream Giver" is a simply told story with straightforward commentary, but it is quite powerful. I first read it a few years ago, though I suppose I must not have been ready for it, because it didn't affect me quite as much then as it did this weekend. If you're chasing a "Big Dream" and are running into low points or obstacles (or if you haven't even started, or perhaps think you don't have a Big Dream), this little book is an amazing motivator...and it will also help diagnose specific probl...more
Jeffcharie Charie
I think this is worth reading yourself and with your kids. A great book about believing in the fact that with Heavenly Fathers help you can do many big and wonderful things. Another book by Dr. Demille also clarified the different missions. He said there are eight types. "Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Heal the Sick, Comfort the Lonely, Teach the Ignorant, Liberate the Captives, Create Beauty and Preach the Gospel." One of these missions should jump out to each of us.
Dechelle Harris
Quick read. Really enjoyed it. Similar to The Alchemist. For anyone with a dream, pursuing it or thinking of pursuing it. I would recommend.
Therese
This book is one of the best books I've ever read. This book encouraged me to pursue my dreams and know that God wants me to do that. He doesn't want me to miss out on the BIG plans that's waiting for me...if I just let go and trust Him. Never mind leaving the Land of Familiar, leaving Comfort Zone, going through the Wall of Fear, travelling deserts and facing giants. My dreams are worth it. God wants me to realize how beautiful it truly is. If I don't step up to it, something important is going...more
KellyElaine
I first had to read this for a leadership course in college but have read it at least a couple times since. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in exploring their innate passions and dreams--we all have them!

Wilkerson discusses the process of realizing and pursuing one's dream--particularly the MANY obstacles in doing so. Having walked part of this dream journey in my own life, I can attest to the accuracy of what he claims and describes--especially the obstacles. The ideas presented in t...more
Mary
Loved the parable at the beginning of this book! A good motivational little book!
Mike Henry Sr.
Fun allegory that makes the point that Christ is the great dream giver. Must read.
Shannon
Apr 27, 2013 Shannon rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shannon by: Jeanette Pike
The book is an easy read that I was able to get through quickly. I enjoyed the story at the beginning. I felt I was able to relate to it and it inspired me, especially now at this time in my life. The second half of the book compared the story to various stories in the bible. This part was more difficult for me. I have never been an overly religious person so I struggled with this. I appreciated the author's effort and I could still appreciate the point he was trying to make. I understand that I...more
Ashley Blomeley
This book is helpful for anyone looking for some encouragement during pursuit of a new dream or goal. The author offers a simple story about "Ordinary" living with the "Nobodies" in "The Land of Nothing." When "Ordinary" is given a feather from "The Dream Giver," his view changes. As he pursues his dream he meets bullies, giants, and other obstacles. The second part of the book relates the story to scripture and how to actively pursue a relationship with God. To trust God as you move through lif...more
Carla Still
I picked up this book very cheap at the library bookstore and put it on my physical book shelf until this week. Wow! This is the most encouraging book that I've ever read. I could identify so closely with Ordinary who leaves the Land of Familiar and heads out to be Somebody. A very fast read Wilkinson is right on with the stages of following a dream. After a WasteLand experience, I am now enjoying a time of Sanctuary. Giants are ahead - but my God is bigger and I'll choose to look down from God'...more
Autumn E. Thomason
LOVE this book. With limited time and at the recommendation of a friend, I only read Part II - which is application from Part I, the parable portion of the text. In less than a 100 pages, Wilkinson does a phenomenal job summing up the dreaming process. I love how he applies a Biblical basis to each aspect of dreaming with God. Part II of this book is succinct, encouraging, and excellently articulated. His simple truths communicate the big picture aspect of dreaming without neglecting the insight...more
Katie Rohwer
The concept of dreaming has always been off limits for me. I am practical to a fault. This book opened my eyes to how God gives dreams. He is more than able to accomplish MORE than I would ever hope or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). If you're practical like me, please read this book. Open your heart to what Jesus is calling you to!
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Bruce Wilkinson is recognized as one of the world's foremost Christian teachers and speakers. But he is best known as the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, The Prayer of Jabez, and other bestsellers including A Life God Rewards, Secrets of the Vine, and The Dream Giver. He is the founder of WorldTeach, a global initiative to train Bible teachers in every nation. Wilkinson also founded Dr...more
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