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.
We all have dreams. Some small, some large, some that we reach with ease, and some that seem impossible. In “She Dreams”, Bluhm encourages her readers to strive for our God-size dreams, all while keeping our eyes on the One who gave us those dreams.
This book talked about the importance of not comparing ourselves to other women and their progress, persevering even when our lives do not go as planned, not giving up because of “haters”, and mentoring and helping other women reach their dreams, along with many other nuggets of truth. I found the book to be like an uplifting, motivational speech that will be a nudge for women everywhere to follow their dreams and do what God intended in their lives.
I would recommend this book for any woman, at any stage of life. You are never too young or too old to dream!
“In our lives we will experience dreams dying, dreams being resurrected, and dreams becoming reality. Through it all, may the Dream Giver always be the One we long for – more than our dreams, more than our plans; may the Dream Giver be the One we are after. I promise you this: the One who created us will always be enough for us. As we place Him on the throne of our lives, we can run toward our dreams with the Dream Giver, never apart from Him. He is the Giver of the dream, our Partner as we pursue the dream, and the One who gives us the victory.”
If you’re looking for a dose of inspiration to follow your dreams, then this book is for you!
Bluhm shares her personal stories, including her dreams and fears, and mixes in some Scripture verses and biblical stories to illustrate her points. In doing so, the author has made this book quite relatable to most, if not all, women, as so many put their dreams aside to take on other roles and help those around them reach their goals. Bluhm reminds the reader not to give up on their God-given dreams but to keep the faith and press forward. An associated study guide and DVD are also available.
Some of my favorite quotes are:
· “Our messy moments aren’t the defining line of our story. They are merely twists in the narrative.” · “As we dream God-sized dreams, let’s refuse to be boxed in by labels or cultural norms that do not encourage us to be who God created us to be.” · “Knowing your why is critical to the life of your dreams, because without it you may be tempted to give up or give in when the going gets tough.” · “…trust that the Lord is still at work in the midst of the changes. Because He is.” · “As we pursue our God-sized dreams, it is imperative that we fight the urge to compare our beginning or middle with someone else’s later chapter in the story.”
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy as part of the Read with Audra blogger program, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.
Tiffany Bluhm has written a book that really spoke to me and nudged me to think about what I am doing, how I am living life day to day and how that may not be enough, as God has more for me. I love how Tiffany draws from Moses' life and how he followed God's dream for himself and his plan, to create this book full of wisdom and encouragement for myself and other women today. There are so many lines I have underlined and starred throughout this book while reading. Tiffany covers so much in this book, from praying and truly seeking God's guidance and wisdom, as we are not in this alone. However, it is also important that we obey and follow what God has intended and laid on our hearts. One line that really stands out to me is this: "As we pursue our God-sized dreams, it is imperative that we fight the urge to compare our beginning or middle with someone else's later chapter in the story." Each of us is unique; therefore each of our dreams and journeys toward those dreams is unique and cannot be compared with other people as they are along on their journeys. Comparison is a web that can draw us in and drag us down, creating discouragement, confusion, bitterness and feelings of giving up. One other part that really stood out to me is not only our dreams make us feel, but also how we can be used to bless others at the same time; so powerful to read and think about!
I ordered this book for my wife, so this will be her review:
I’ve just started reading - only a couple of chapters in, but my mind is racing with thoughts so I’ve gotta put them down before I forget!
Here are my impressions, in order: 1. This is easy to read! Written simply but with powerful thought-provoking points. 2. She shares feelings and thoughts that are totally in my head. How does she know me so well? 3. I wish she was my BFF. What a brilliant fun friend she must be. Through this book, you’ll feel like she’s sitting next to you in the same room, visiting, and talking. Great, centering, friendly perspective. 4. I need this book. More than I ever realized. I’ve done so much in my life - but looking back now, feel like it all didn’t matter. It seemed to be a big deal at the time, but I feel like I didn’t do enough. When I think like that, I think of myself alone. This book is gonna help me look at things differently. God’s truth is that He’s with me. I’m not alone.
It’s rare that I’m am to stay sustained in a book to the end. This one, I will. I want to hear EVERYTHING she has to say. ☝🏻
Every woman has a God-sized dream inside of them ready to burst out. Sometimes, due to circumstances or seasons of life, our dreams get buried, and we begin to think they will never be fulfilled. That is when we most need to press on.
"She Dreams" is Tiffany Bluhm's response and gives us encouragement and hope to continue following our dreams and watch God do the impossible in our life. Using the story of Moses and contemporary examples of women who have realized their dreams, Bluhm encourages us to take the steps necessary to realize our God-given dreams.
Are you living your dreams, your purpose? If not, Bluhm gives biblical advice and wisdom from the life of Moses and offers practical steps for discovering your passion, trusting God and pursuing the dream He has placed in your heart.
You can do it. God can make the impossible possible. You just have to do your part.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press through Audra Jennings PR. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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.
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.
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.
I am enjoying myself and learning so much from this book. I feel like when I am reading the author is having a conversation with me and not at me. It works really well as a daily devotional with each chapter having a theme and scripture to mediate on. I think so often as moms and wives we get busy and miss those quiet moments when God is talking to us, when he whispers to us a purpose or a dream. This book really opens your heart to listen and realize that your dreams and gifts were given to you by God and He wants you to work towards them, if they are His will. I know fear often holds us back, as it does for me. Or , even perhaps we are unsure of our dreams. A book like this encourages you to take that quiet time with God and look into your own heart. This book has really inspired me to seek what God is placing before me and share my dreams with my family and friends. This book is definitely worth checking out and would be amazing as a group or done on your own! I received this book free from the publisher but wasn't required to leave a review.
I had the privilege of reviewing, She Dreams by Tiffany Bluhm. The author did a splendid job in writing, organizing, and promoting this book. This book is powerful and motivating, I am empowered to press in every dream I have laid aside. The author even shared her dreams, fears, and all the in-between things. I am truly blessed and grateful for this book and the impact it gives to all women who will read it. There were so many nuggets that I can relate too that I marked up my book very good. I like the beginning of the book and the poem before the first chapter, the poem embraces us for what lies ahead in the reading of the book. Women take on so many roles that we push our dreams aside to help others, but then forget about our own dreams. This book could not have come at a better time and I encourage all women to buy this book. Tiffany has a heart to serve and the motivation to inspire others. Its always great that family support you in your dreams and assist in some way to help you fulfill them. This book shows others that if you’re not living the life you want to live, then God and you can create it in faith. The author encourages us to dream big and don’t give up. If God has given it to you, you are called to do that thing. Keep the faith and continue to press for success! #shedreamsbook