I can’t even express this enough, I love this book! Being a mother, a wife, sister, friend, daughter, and etc. this book speaks volumes of the God given dreams into my life and to pause, reflect, and to be encourage. I highly recommend this book!
What a wonderful book about finding and discovering dreams and following what God is putting in your heart. It's a very encouraging uplifting read. Ms. Bluhm has an easy to read writing style full of personal stories. She is relatable. I did wish there was more scripture. When talking about dreams God must be at the forefront and I felt like there could have been a better balance of scripture and commentary. I did love the study guide book and wish there was a hybrid. Two books in one type deal... that would make it more powerful and easier to walk through if everything was in one book. It's a great starting point to work through dreams for sure. Great for teens, young women, new believers, and those who aren't sure where they feel God leading them. I received a copy of these books from the author as part of the launch team. I was under no compulsion to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
If you have been wondering about a greater purpose for your life, sitting on a dream you know you should pursue, or feel too fearful/ overwhelmed to take the next step, this primer for the Christian woman on pursuing your dreams provides great food for thought. However, if you want any of that to change, I suggest you also pick up the study guide and find a group of women with whom to go through it.
Tiffany uses stories of her life experiences, and of Moses' life in the book of Exodus, to convince even those who think they are unqualified to dream that God has a purposeful plan for your life. This book provides a logical progression of the challenges that face dreamers and ideas for how to tackle them. It also offers great encouragement to believe in your worth and purpose and to trust the God who put you on this earth.
I tend to be more of a "doer" so I felt triggered a bit into "doing more" until I got to the chapter on rest, which provided a different perspective, which I appreciated.
Tiffany's writing style is easy to follow and a little in-your-face, for those who care about that sort of thing when selecting a book.
Read it and be encouraged to dream, to rest, to trust God, and to ignore the haters while you do the little or big things you're dreaming of doing.
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
I liked the book from the beginning when the author references women from the bible who dreamed big such as Queen Esther and Mother Mary. These were strong women who dared to dream and saw their dreams come to pass. That is so encouraging to read and be reminded that God can use anyone and when you dream, dream big. He is waiting to hear your dreams and equip you to seek those dreams with His guidance.
I know we all have dreams and are still waiting for them to happen. God knows our desires and knows what is best for us. I thought because of my childhood, I was still being punished years later. Rejection is so hard to overcome and I wasn't willing to put myself in a position where I would be rejected. I have always dreamed of being a teacher. I was not encouraged by my parents to pursue that dream, so I tucked it away. Many years later God answered my dream in a big way. I became the Children's Pastor of our church. I was finally a teacher. My dream of being a teacher had come to pass but with a larger responsibility . I was a teacher of over one hundred children not just a small group in a school. I couldn't believe that God trusted me to mentor these precious children.
After reading this book I am more encouraged to continue to dream. I like how the author reminded us of the Proverbs 31 woman. She was cherished and had big dreams. She worked outside of the home and also was there for her family. I love to read that section in the bible when I am feeling discouraged.We don't have to be super woman and do everything. We need to follow our dreams and be sure we are attentive to our home life as well.
I really enjoyed the different examples the author shared and how she used scriptures to emphasize the subjects. We were put here on earth for a purpose. Don't give up on your dreams. Be encouraged that God is right there beside you as you dream big.
" We have a life to live. A life to love. We have passions to pursue, people to serve, and loved ones to shepherd."
I received a copy of this book from Read With Audra Blogger Program. The review is my own opinion.
Author Tiffany Bluhm has a compelling story and writes an appealing book to encourage Christian women. She includes examples from Scripture. I have very mixed feelings about this book. It is a twist on the current spate of how-to-be-a-success books for women. I appreciate that she acknowledges failures and brokenness as a part of women's stories. And her own personal story includes huge gut-punches of these elements. Still there are some things I am uncomfortable with this book.
First, a number of times she talks about finding out what sparks joy in us. Cringe--should she footnote Marie Kondo? Seriously, is it just about us and our joy? Also as much as she quotes Scripture and acknowledges difficulties--I am finding too much of her story and others' and not enough of Jesus' story. Our focus needs to be on the "author and perfecter of our faith." In a book about purpose, I'd like to see more about sacrifice and service and less about self-actualization.
I know there are many who are going to love this book. I am concerned, though, in her desire to encourage and minister to a wide group of people, she takes the heart of the gospel out of the heart of this book.
SHE DREAMS is not exactly sitting across the kitchen table with a mug of coffee friendly, it is more standing at a lecturn and giving a lecture style.
At first I got a little annoyed because it started reading like a memoir (which I am not fond of) but then she changes it to: "The reason I shared that is" and continues on with the lecture.
There is a lot of good information in there and a lot of scripture and this would be so excellent as curriculum for a women's Sunday school class or small group study for women. It is also good for individual study.
There are no questions to answer but some readers might want a notebook and pen or a highlighter handy for nuggets that stand out. There is also a workbook available which I did NOT get for review. That might eliminate the need for a notebook.
An excellent resource for women to encourage them to reach for their God-given dreams.
SHE DREAMS. My copy will be added to our church library and probably will be used for small group study.
This book is full of encouragement to dream big dreams, something bigger than ourselves. The idea is to glorify God and partner with Him. Bluhm deals with many issues dreamers might have to confront. I appreciated her teaching on obstacles, fear, criticism, failure, mentoring, rest, and more. She reminds us that dreams do not always turn out the way we expect. She encourages us to trust God and have a life well lived.
This book is a good one for women who have that feeling there is something more, something greater, for them to do. You will get good encouragement to go for it. Unfortunately, there are no discussion questions included nor practical strategies for discovering the dream and pursuing it. That might be in the separate study guide.
Bluhm's book was a pleasure to read. She has a writing style I liked. As a senior citizen, my favorite quote was, “If you still have a pulse, then God is not done with you, even if you feel like He is.” (57/2100)
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Read With Audra. My comments are an independent and honest review.
What a thoughtfully written and encouraging book! She Dreams reads like a conversation at a coffee shop with a good friend. Bluhm encourages the reader to pursue their dreams, but first and foremost to pursue the Dream Giver — God. Bluhm regularly weaves the Word into the book, reminding me that as God works in my heart and I pursue him above all, his dreams become mine.
I find it all too easy to judge a book by its cover. (So the fact that this one highlights my favorite color and makes me think of the beach is promising.) I never would have imagined the author’s story to be what it is, and am amazed at how God brought beauty from ashes — repeatedly.
As a fellow PNW girl, I particularly enjoyed the occasional Seattle references! (Can I run down to Tacoma for a cup of coffee?)
I received a copy of She Reads from Read With Audra / Audra Jennings PR. All opinions are my own.
She Dreams is a woman’s inspirational with encouragement on how to live your life’s dreams, or better yet on how to live the dreams that God has given you. I liked how she wrote, almost like going out to lunch with a friend. The author wrote her heart and love for her Christian sisters in the book.
Giving great practical advice, using her own broken dreams, and stories from the Bible- she lets us know that sometimes our dreams are not right for us (resulting in brokenness, restlessness, etc.) and that sometimes God, who knows us best, has bigger dreams in store for us.
I would recommend this book to all women, young, old, and in- between, because we all dream and long for something more. This is one for the keeper shelf.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Bluhm's book "She Dreams" is a spiritually filled female empowerment book that encourages women to be the best they can be and to strive for the stars.
Tiffany Bluhm is a Christian who writes about her own path in exploring Christianity, in talking to all sorts of people from all walks of life, to inner searches, and with ministerial travel. She writes with an authoritative yet friendly style in pursuing a dream career, relationship, or spiritual relationship with God. She gives examples of struggles and perseverance in both the old and new testaments that can help a person decide what to do in pursuing their life ambitions.
I was expecting to get the DVD and the study guide with this, but I did not unfortunately. I feel this would be covered in a women's only Christian study group easily, and would bring up many points of discussion.
Tiffany Bluhm, the author of She Dreams, is also a dreamer of what she calls "God-size" dreams. As a child abandoned at birth, and with many challenges in her life, it would be understandable if she became bitter and depressed as an adult. Tiffany, however, has become a positive, driving force for women and their life dreams. Throughout She Dreams, are two powerful messages: Trusting in God and His Son Jesus Christ is crucial, because God-sized dreams, "encourage us to be the person God created us to be." Also, as women, we have Godly women as role models who, throughout history, have had God-sized dreams and been able to achieve amazing success in their lives through their faith and their drive. She Dreams is a positive challenge to women. Tiffany recognizes that women in the past have been discouraged or denied the opportunity to achieve their dreams. Today however, the doors for women are open wider than they have ever been and often the only thing keeping women from achieving their dream is their own fear. Tiffany does a fabulous job of addressing the many issues that we may face in pursuing dreams. Just a few are: Failure - it is an option and it's how we learn, so keep on going!Excuses - "I can't do this," or "You can't do that," from ourselves as well as other "well intended" people. How do you eat an elephant? ONE BITE AT A TIME! In other words, work on your dream one step at a time.Age - You are never too old to make a difference. (THAT'S a good thing!) Tiffany uses many Godly, Christian women in She Dreams, including herself, as well as personal friends. I believe her personal story is one of the most powerful, however. Her life story goes from heart wrenching to amazing. She Dreams is a great book for women who dream. Which - I believe - is all of us, ladies! The only issue I had with the book, and the reason for less than five stars, is that Tiffany uses several women as examples who are not what most would consider "Godly, Christian role models." She also uses the story of Moses' life and - while it is a wonderful and amazing story of dreams come true - Moses is a man. It might have been better possibly if she used a strong Biblical woman as the main example in the book.