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

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  3,491 ratings  ·  299 reviews
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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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
K.D. Absolutely
This book, Dream Giver, The is the second book by Bruce Wilkinson (born 1940) who is the author of the popular book, The Prayer of Jabez Devotional: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life (3 stars). That prayer is based on the passage from the Holy Bible (1Chronicles 4:9-10) that goes like this:
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, "I gave birth to him in pain." Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that you would bless me indeed and enlarg
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.
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
Valerie Caraotta
The Dream Giver is comprised of two parts with part one including a fictional story on fulfilling your dream. Part two is where author Bruce Wilkinson becomes our dream coach and answers questions people have posed, especially the obstacles, that create uncertainties about their pursuits. Additionally he reviews key points from chapters in his fictional work and tells us how to apply each stage in our advancement toward our dreams. It is God's desire and high calling that we become all we were ...more
Kent Thai
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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,
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
"God has put a driving passion in you to do something special...You are created in His image-the only person exactly like you in the universe. No one else can do your Dream." ~ Bruce Wilkinson, The Dream Giver, Page 75, Paragraph 5

God is our Dream Giver and He has deposited something very special inside everyone of us. He has give us a calling, giftings, talents, abilities, etc. that He has not given anyone else on this planet.

The realization I came to when studying this book was that I am the o
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.
Sherry Conrad
Author Bruce Wilkerson explains how to follow your dreams in this life even when those around you do not support you, God is always with you.
Wendy Sparkes
I loved it. The first part of the book is the parable of Ordinary leaving the land of Familiar in pursuit of his Big Dream, following the journey he takes, and the battles he has to face before he gets to the land of Promise. In the second part Bruce Wilkinson shows the parallel of Ordinary’s life to ours, and gives us tips on the way to our Big Dream.

What I liked was how Bruce Wilkinson didn’t sugar coat the difficulties we will face ~ or the opposition we are likely to get from unlikely source
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
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
This book starts with the story of Ordinary, who sets off on a journey to find his Big Dream he's recently woken to.
A spiritual book centering on Christian beliefs, the Dream Giver being another name for God in this story and part two where the author dissects the story and how it can apply to everyone's lives, how they can achieve their Big Dream to the fullest in God's eyes.
Not on my list of favorites, this one. Though I can see this book has many great intentions and the technique is a simp
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
Jennifer Rundlett
I listened to this book as I was driving to a from work a couple of years ago and I can honestly say it was an important factor in my decision to go ahead a publish my own book. Bruce Wilkinson is a gifted story teller that has created a life altering fable with a moral that will change how you think of that next phase of your life. If you are facing a major cross-roads decision and you feel like maybe God is calling you to something more...this is the book for you!

God thru the Arts
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
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
Amazingly written with a great concept!

The author did such a fabulous job illustrating life and the challenges of reaching, living your chosen path. This book empowers you to dream and dream big knowing God has your back and knows that you will need his wisdom and grace when living out this big dream given as your life's purpose.
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 will be blessed.
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
Juanita Lanaux
This book truly hit home. I identified with Ordinary, the main character of the book and have plenty of border bullies in my life. This book showed me that I can live my dream no matter the odds. I recommend it for anyone looking for the courage to live their big dream.
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
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
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.
The Dream Giver is a very inspirational, profounding novel. This novel is for anyone contemplating on their goals and dreams and whether they can achieve them. The book teaches that anything is possible and it doesn't matter where you come from and even if you think you're a nobody. Everyone can accomplish their dreams if they never give and they still go when things start to get rocky. The Dream Giver also teaches to be yourself, in spite of what people may think, and to never be a follwer but ...more
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
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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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