Thursday, March 1, 2018
The Dream by David Bailey
The Dream by David Bailey is reminiscent of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. While I highly recommend the classic, it is arguably a daunting read for even adults. Bailey has crafted a story in which younger audiences can get a glimpse of the workings within the spiritual realm. The Dream pulls the curtain back between the physical and spiritual worlds.
Oliver is horribly unhappy as his grades are slipping and he finds himself the target of bullies. Living with his mother, Jenny, and her latest boyfriend, he soon becomes an irritant usually resulting in violence. In the midst of a seemingly endless cycle of abuse, Oliver begins to have a recurring dream of a strange house.
When things at home hit rock bottom, the dream changes to include a man who gives Oliver a message that he is to meet someone who will help him on a journey toward peace and happiness. So begins a new chapter in Oliver's life as he receives instructions through dreams and carries them out in real life.
David connects with various people on his journey, and soon joins up with Jess who continues on with him. Their journey is not without peril but their guides have provided them the instruction and tools they need to make it through each day. Both Jess and Oliver have seen the worst of life and they are delighted to have found an authentic friend with whom they can journey. They vow that they will remain connected once they find the house prepared for them.
Much like Christian in Bunyan's classic, Jess and Oliver face dangers and distractions that try to keep them from their purpose. Readers will be drawn into their heartfelt longing to find a place of safety and belonging. The Dream is a beautiful allegory of how God can orchestrate circumstances and use people in our life to guide and direct us on the journey he has marked out for us.
Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of The Dream from Instant Apostle in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.