Wednesday, April 4, 2018

"The Dream of You" - A Review

As children we have big dreams and goals, but as we grow up, we tend to lose these dreams which changes our identity.  We lose our dreams through circumstances, life changes, and listening to others.  What does God say about us, our identity, and our dreams?  This is the premise behind the book "The Dream of You" by Jo Saxton that I recently received to read and review.  I was very curious to see what she had to say on this topic.
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"The Dream of You" by Jo Saxton has 218 pages along with a foreword by Ann Voskamp, a page of acknowledgement, and a section of notes where the author cites her references.  The theme of the book is "Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For."  This book features 13 chapters and an epilogue.  The chapters in this book include:
  • Don't Call Me "Pleasant"
  • What's in a Name?
  • The Talk
  • The Day I Lost My Voice
  • God's Child
  • Known and Loved
  • Slay Your Giants
  • The Wander Years
  • In the Valley
  • Breaking Up with Perfection
  • The Song in My Heart
  • Practices
  • Pick Up Your Keys
Each chapter discusses a piece of our identity we may have lost and questions we can ask ourselves to work on getting that piece of our identity back.  The chapters also feature personal stories from the author that readers may be able to identify with.  The book is about how we become broken and through that brokenness our identities change and how God can heal that brokenness.   

I have been reading this book as part of my devotional time.  I was intrigued by the title and theme of the book because I felt like I could personally relate to broken identities.  I really wanted to hear Jo Saxton's thoughts and ideas on this concept and see how God used her to write this book.  As I was reading I could relate to some of the author's stories and I liked how she uses her personal journey and brokenness to show different areas of our life where our identity can be changed.  She spoke of drastic life changes that affected her greatly, school yard bullies that caused her to lose her joy and her voice, moving to a different country and more.  Then she related each story to a Biblical concept or story to show how God can heal the parts of us that get broken and that while we see ourselves as broken, only God can make us whole.  

While I could relate to some of Jo Saxton's stories and I liked the Biblical principles she applied to fix the brokenness, I was left wanting more after reading each chapter.  I felt like she lead up to her point and introduced the Biblical principle and then moved on.  I felt like she gave you a concept to think about, but then just moved on to the next topic without completely wrapping up the entire concept and telling how the Biblical principle can help you personally heal the brokenness.  I realize that part of the depends on your own interpretation for the Biblical concept, but some practical applications at the end of each chapter might have helped this.  Overall, I thought it was a good book that I was able to relate to, but it did not show me completely how to "Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For."   

You can read more information on Jo Saxton here and learn read more about "The Dream of You" here to find our if it is the book for you.  

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review

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