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The Dream Giver

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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  6,099 ratings  ·  430 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 ...more
Hardcover, 157 pages
Published September 3rd 2003 by Multnomah Books (first published 2003)
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Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Natalie Vellacott
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have just read as much of The Prayer of Jabez as I could stand. Reflecting, I realised that it wasn't my first encounter with this author. I read The Dream Giver whilst serving on-board a missionary ship. A friend highly recommended it so I found it in the ship library. I remember being disappointed and thinking it reminded me of the Christian hedonism principle espoused by John Piper which I don't have much time for.

This book is an allegory in the style of Pilgrim's Progress or Hinds Feet on
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
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read this book my heart is rejoicing and I see more clearly God's plan for my life. It's like a map you want to check from time to time to see where do you find yourself standing.

I strongly recommend this book!
David Rave
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best short book I ever read.
Sep 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
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,
Cynthia Egbert
Mar 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Kind of trite...but should make a great discussion with the kids in class.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my to-read list for quite a while and I have no idea how it got there. Someone must have recommended it or have given it high reviews. It's a very religious little self-help book focused on how to discover, achieve, and overcome obstacles related to dreams and life's purpose.

The story of Ordinary during part one of the book annoys me a little. It's a little too overt how proper names are also descriptions of each thing. At the same time, the author gets the point across.
Linda Martin
Everyone has a dream, and author Bruce Wilkinson wants to see you achieve yours. The first half of this book is an imaginative fable about a person trying to achieve his dream. This book is like a map to the blossoming forth of long-cherished desires about things you'd like to achieve.

This is the fourth book I've read by Bruce Wilkinson. I always enjoy his writing and speaking on YouTube videos. This time I guess you could say I got both as I purchased the audiobook copy of The Dream Giver, and
Carrie Daws
Encouraging. The parable was easy to relate to, to apply to my own life as I've walked forward into my own dream. I've seen and experienced the doubts, fears, and bullies, and I've wondered if I should leave the land of familiar, routine, and ordinary. Yet I also believe the dream inside me was planted by God and fertilized by others who love Him. I appreciated the second half of the book, filled with specific questions, answers, tidbits, and hints for the journey. This is a great book for ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars Very encouraging, and a great way to start my reading year! Im in a career transition, so it was nice to think positive thoughts as I consider what my goals might be for 2018. 3.5 stars because the parable was a little silly, though it did get the point across, and the message felt a little simplistic, but it was encouraging and I cant wait to see what fears I push past this year. ...more
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
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
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This book gave a lot for me to think about and one that can be used in our daily lives when the "Giant" try to keep you on a path of their choosing. using words live Ordinary which we all are familiar with or Big Dreams can we do it without causing to much of a ripple. Once you can let go of your Comfort level you may find that your life was just plain without shaking a few branches.

The biblical Wilkinson gives readers seem to be easy but limited with out going with God as your co-pilot.

It is
Sarah Hayes
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book!! Everyone has a dream. Even if you don't know what your dream is currently, seek after it. It's there! I love how this book shows you how to reach your big dream. I also love how it shows how much God plays a huge role in our dreams and that we need to rely on Him for help along the way.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has helped me get my dream back. As a child it is easy to dream so big, but as you get older you end up feeling that you can only dream as big as your income will allow. But this simply isn't true. You can chase your dream, and at any age! So glad I read this book.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I really like this book. I loved the simple story about Ordinary. I have a feeling I like it as much as I do, because it just seemed to come along at a crossroads in my life. I want to reread and take my own notes and I don't want to forget the message that this book imparts.
kim fisher
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is an amazing book. Thanks for waking me up again to reach up and truly strive to make my life about glorifying God!

Sherry Conrad
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Chris Torregosa
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the most easy to read yet very striking book I have read. A must read to all.
Nadine BoPeep
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is nothing short of awesome sauce! This is another spiritual fill-up! Loved this book mainly because I could see so much of myself through the lens of the protagonist Ordinary. Now I don't want to spoil the fun for anyone but basically this book talks about Ordinary who lives an "ordinary" life until one day he is moved to go after his calling. Although Ordinary is fired up and ready to take on this challenge, it is hard for Ordinary to do this because he knows that it requires him to ...more
Justin Dixon
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
So...not a fan of this book. The book is divided into two parts: a parable and advice (or dream coaching). The writing is actually not terrible and I enjoyed reading the parable. But my praise for this book stops there. My biggest concern is the theology of the book, which is terrible. First, the author states everyone has a big dream that they must pursue in order to fill a need that only they can fill. If there is a need and God wants it filled, it will be filled regardless of who chases what ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not religious, but this book spoke to me because it reinforced what I intuitively believed all my life: That I was given certain gifts, skills and interests in this life, and that I was meant to use them. I know this, but still, as the book explains, there are hang-ups and bang-ups that happen that prevent people from going after the goals in their hearts. For me, it is the feeling that "It's too late" or "I'm not good enough" as well as the "Boarder Bullies" and also fear of leaving the ...more
*Jasmin B*
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This book has
such a beautiful story
and so many beautiful,
inspirational, and
motivational words
that I can honestly say
is nothing short of extraordinary
and nothing short of
amazing in my eyes.

This book is life-changing
if you really take time to think
about every single brilliant insight
that's written in it.

I cannot remember
when it was the last time
that a book moved me to tears
and when it was the last time
that a book made me smile.

This one moved me to tears
and made me smile,

Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
                           THE DREAM-GIVER
When I think about a book talking about following your dreams and if I'm asked to recommend one, this book will not be first on my list (The Alchemist holds that position; Paulo did it so effortlessly and beautifully) but it'll definitely be on my honorable mention list. Pros of the book was that it was a short read, simplistic and easy to follow especially for those who don't like reading. I also like the author's use of allegory in part 1 then a more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

I think the book was a little too religious for my liking. But I was still able to translate very useful tips from a non-religious point of view.

I read the Spanish version of this book and found some mistakes. As a professional translator, this bothered me a bit, but I think that someone who doesn't do that for a living wouldn't really care or even notice, so I'm not too upset about it; just enough to mention it and then let it go.

The overall message about following your dreams was
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more

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