Once the dream is conceived, discerned, and named, next comes the challenge of working out the dream into more concrete ways. In the second section, Booram discusses the questions and challenges one will face when shaping one’s dream. What happens when one feels like their original dream is changing? What if opportunities present themselves but one isn’t quite ready to take such a big step? How does one handle disappointment when everything seems to fall through?
Finally, what should we expect after the building is bought, the employees are hired or the move is made? Just as we would expect parents’ life to change dramatically after the birth of their first child, so we can also expect for our life to be significantly different after our God-given dream has been realized. Booram gives some great suggestions on how to create boundaries as we figure out our new normal.
Ultimately, everyone’s process will be messy. There will be doubts, misunderstandings, roadblocks, and probably changes that are made along the way. For some, the dream will go dormant, and for some it will later be resurrected. Certainly great joy and deep sorrow will be mixed in along the way. It’s shortsighted to think that God is mostly concerned about the dream itself becoming reality. He’s also very much invested in the work that He is doing inside of us through the process. On this Booram writes:
“Sometimes the rugged, uphill grade of the path toward realizing a dream exposes the content of our hearts and can purify our desires. Through it, we are reminded of God’s greater concern for who we are becoming rather than what we are doing for him. He seems to take the long way around the block because he has so much more on his mind than just putting us where he wants us, so he can do great things through us, or more honestly, we can do great things for him. He cares about the kind of people we are because only when we are real people do we have something of offer the world” (60).
So, if you have a dream in your mind or a unrelenting prayer in your heart, you’re invited to pick up this book, grab a cup of tea and a slice of homemade bread, and allow Booram’s insightful thoughts and questions direct you towards the heart of God.
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com
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I so appreciate Tiffany’s great review; it’s thoroughness and her enthusiasm. I loved the opening illustration of bread rising as a way to describe how a dream works itself into us. Thanks, Chris and Tiffany.
My pleasure, Beth! It’s a great book. I read it at a very good time :).
Oh, glad to hear. Please let me know if I can be helpful to you….when I started to read the review, I totally thought you must have a dream to start a bread baking enterprise. 🙂