Book Review: Unlock Your Dream: Discover the Adventure You Were Created For, by Philip Wagner
Pastor and author Philip Wagner believes that God has placed something inside each of us—an image, an idea, or an assignment. His goal is to help people reach their dreams so that God can do amazing things in and through us.
We have an incredible opportunity to do something extraordinary because God designed us with a special and unique purpose in mind. He has given us each a dream. In our journey we need to discover what that dream is and then align our efforts with God’s guidance to attain what He wants us to accomplish.
The purpose of this book is to help you discover the keys that unlock your dreams and remove the barriers that stand in the way of having the full life God has planned for you. It is to help you realize that our world needs you to shine. We need you to flourish. We need your compassion, your heart, and your contribution. Without what you bring to our world, life will be less than what is intended for all of us. It’s part of my dream to release you so you can reach your dreams too.
Life is going to involve detours, roadblocks, and delays, but if you keep moving forward, learning what you can each step of the way, you will get there, and you will arrive fully prepared for the dream that awaits.
Throughout the book, the author mixes stories from his own life and others, along with countless movie references in an attempt to help people “unlock dreams that have been shut down somewhere in your heart.” The bulk of the book tells how he pursued his own dream of planting a church in Los Angeles, establishing a non-profit organization that brings clean water to developing countries, and how he faced cancer. It started to sound like an autobiography after a while.
The book is another example of “Bible-lite” written by a megachurch pastor. Rather than teach Scripture and illustrate it with stories, the author tells stories and illustrates it with Scripture. Most Scripture passages are handled correctly, though a few are taken out of context. In the opening chapter, the author states,
I’m going to help you unlock your dreams so that God can do amazing things in and through you. Jesus reminded us that “with God all things are possible.” So nothing should hold us back!
With this as a starting point, the book tends to communicate twin messages. One is, “If we can dream it, we can do it!” The second is, “Pursue your dreams and God will bless you.” While the book is not necessarily bad, it is not one I would recommend.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.