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The Dream Giver

A friend recently loaned me a copy of Bruce Wilkinson’s the Dream Giver. It took me days before I got to finish reading it and it wasn’t because the book was hard to read – in fact, its one of the easiest books I’ve ever read. It was mainly because we still didn’t have electricity at home at the time. I brought the book with me each time I went out and read it each chance I get.

The Dream Giver is an inspiring book. It successfully managed to combine the principles of “Who Moved My Cheese? (Spencer Johnson),” the adventure of “The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho),” and the spirituality of biblical stories (the David and Goliath story, in particular).

The book itself is divided into two parts – the first is the story itself, the second part being Bruce Wilkinson’s insights about the story. As I said, the book is really easy to read that I personally think that even a child can read the book and get its message without needing an adult’s explanation.

The story is something that most readers can relate with. It’s about a Nobody named Ordinary who lived in the Land of Familiar who “got up and went to his Usual Job” every morning. Everything was routine to him until one day, he got up and found a Big Dream in his heart. With some motivation from his own father and opposition from everyone else, he left the Land of Familiar and went out of the Comfort Zone. What follows is a series of difficulties – one after another – until he finally achieves his Big Dream.

Like the Spencer Johnson book mentioned above, this one also has a commentary section after the story. Unlike “Cheese” however, this part isn’t fiction. This section of the book displays Wilkinson’s spiritual and intelligent insights as he draws from real-life situations, personal experiences, suggestions for practical application and, of course, some verses from the Good Book.

Reading the book really motivated me to examine my life and where I currently am. It inspired me not only to move forward despite the difficulties but to make sure that I am really heading in the right direction. It made me ponder a lot about what my Big Dreams really are that it made me want to write all my goals in great details – yes, as specific as I can get. As that question at the back cover asks, “Are you living your Dream? Or just living your life?”

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5 Responses to “The Dream Giver”

  1. jzhunagev says:

    Book reader ka rin pala. Nabasa ko ri mga spiritual books niya. Notably yung “Prayer of Jabez?” and “Secrets of the Vine.”

  2. jzhunagev says:

    Sir, tanong lang po… may goodreads account ka po ba?

  3. Mark Rosario says:

    @ jzhunagev, hi ser! Oo, I love motivational books. I remember this one, nabasa ko to pagkatapos nung super typhoon na tumama sa min rito sa Dagupan. Heheh.. I love Dream Giver! Try ko rin siguro hunting-in yung mga ibang books na sinabi mo :)

    PS. Ala akong goodreads account pala.

  4. Mela says:

    I like the question you posed at the end of this artik. And I didn’t know that Bruce Wilkinson is a fiction writer pala kasi I just read his popular book “The Prayer of Jabez”. It’s also a good read try mo :)

    This book seems interesting too. Hahahah. Mahanap nga sa NBS one of these days :)

  5. Mark Rosario says:

    @ Mela, I haven’t read the Jabez book yet but rest assured I’ll do so if I get the chance. Yes, NBS carries The Dream Giver. I still see it there all the time!

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