When Fear Fuels Reality, is Faith Lost?


Have you ever noticed that when you focus on fear, it seems to grow exponentially?  Every thought, every emotion becomes tied up in what “could be” or what “might happen,” robbing you of peace, tranquility and a sense of well-being.  Your world is tainted by fear, and you begin to make decisions that may not be sound, but appear to be valid given your new inner landscape.

Take that scenario of fear, embed it in the consciousness of millions and watch panic spread like a virus.  Sparking terror and prompting wide-spread terror.  Especially if the fear is based on the one thing that Western Civilization relies upon as its foundational touchstone.

Money.  And the fear of its loss.

A creative and unusual book about the conflict between fear and faith has just been released by  bestselling author, Davis Bunn.  The second in the Dreams series, Hidden in Dreams follows Dr. Elena Burroughs as she unravels another dream mystery, this time involving a world-wide banking crisis that is sparked by a series of dreams about financial chaos.  The difference this time is that the same dreams occur to different people around the globe.

Elena is a fascinating protagonist and role model.  Although she does not seek the limelight, her knowledge, expertise and talent in interpreting dreams draws her back into the front of an escalating series of crises that threaten the financial stability of the world economy.  Although Elena becomes involved on a professional level, it is not until she starts having the same dreams as the others that she is challenged to find her way on a very personal level.

Just as she did in The Book of Dreams, Elena seeks answers by going inward and listening for God’s guidance and direction.   The central question of faith versus fear is handled deftly by Bunn, who creates the inherent conflict by his strong plot, intriguing characters and realistic challenges.  The issue of faith (or the lack thereof) almost becomes an unseen character, always present but never so obvious that its influence turns off readers.

Even non-Christians will appreciate Hidden in Dreams.

If you want to enjoy a great summer read that also asks thought provoking questions about the battle between fear and faith, you will not go wrong with the Dreams series.  Even though the same character is portrayed in both books, you can read either one or both, in any order.

To read Chapter 1 of Hidden in Dreams, please visit the following link:

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Hidden-in-Dreams/Davis-Bunn/9781451663815/excerpt

Because of the deep questions that are asked and answered in this latest from Davis Bunn, Hidden in Dreams also makes a perfect book for book clubs.  The following is a link to the reading Group Guide:

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Hidden-in-Dreams/Davis-Bunn/9781451663815/reading_group_guide

To learn more about Davis Bunn, please visit:

Website and blog are at www.davisbunn.com

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I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. I was not required to write a positive 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.

 

Greed vs. Spiritual Guidance = Today’s Economy


Have you ever read a book of fiction and felt like the author was deciphering current events in a clear and concise manner that made you sit up and say, “Of course – that’s why that happened!”  When the story is told by a master wordsmith, the book becomes more than thought provoking…it almost becomes an explanation of why events occurred and the motivation of the individuals and institutions involved.

The “Book of Dreams” by Davis Bunn is such a work of fiction.

Part mystery, part mystical, the characters come alive at the deft touch of Bunn’s hand.  The heroine,  Dr. Elena Burroughs, faces a troubling choice in her life that is only resolved when she relies on her faith and intuition to guide her.  Because she is a psychologist with an international reputation of being an expert on dream interpretation, Elena is drawn into a troubling crisis that tests her fortitude, resolve and morals.

The underlying theme is one of good v. evil.   Or more accurately, greed v. God.

Elena must choose which voice to listen to, and it is her guidance and insight that resolves the conflict.  By sharing her faith in an open and direct manner, Elena inspires the other characters (and the reader) to “look within” for direction.  Knowing that she is loved by God, Elena stares down her adversaries and remains undaunted in the face of even the most dramatic of challenges.

Christians will cheer as they read this book, for it reinforces our belief that God always prevails.  Non-Christians will still be intrigued by the plot and factual details concerning the greed that created the current financial downturn.  And perhaps, if enough readers caught the message of “Book of Dreams,” the economic climate that the world faces would shift away from greed and limitation to abundance and joy.

One can only hope for such a result from “Book of Dreams.”

   Facts about David Bunn

Called the “Gentleman Adventurer”

 

Born and raised in North Carolina, Davis left for Europe at age twenty. There he first completed graduate studies in economics and finance, then began a business career that took him to over forty countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Davis came to faith at age 28, while living in Germany and running an international business advisory group. He started writing two weeks later. Since that moment, writing has remained both a passion and a calling.

Davis wrote for nine years and completed seven books before his first was accepted for publication. During that time, he continued to work full-time in his business career, travelling to two and sometimes three countries every week. His first published book, The Presence, was released in 1990 and became a national bestseller.