Author: Whitney Johnson
Basic Overview: This delightful book is all about you–how to help you identify and achieve your dreams. The 15 chapters are divided into three sections:
(1) DARE. Boldly step out and consider disrupting life as you know it.
(2) DREAM. Give life to the possibilities around you.
(3) DO. Execute your dreams.
While there are plenty of excellent quotes, facts, and organized ideas in this book, it’s mainly a story book–full of experiences from those who have actually achieved (or started on the journey to achieving) their dreams.
But the dreams featured in this book aren’t all about the Olympics and Fortune magazine–they’re about real people doing real things. You can’t help but feel inspired.
Parts I Liked Best: Whitney has gathered her very best advice on daring and dreaming into this book. The variety of anecdotes, quotes, and stories from her own life have been thoughtfully organized.
One quote that I love says this: “God calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” -Frederick Buechner
So many of us wonder what our “passion” is and ask ourselves what we can possibly offer the world. This quote adds a beautiful direction to our inner dialogue.
Where is your deep gladness? Where is the world’s deep hunger? I’d never thought about it that way before.
Another quote included from The Maiden King says, “For thousands of years, a powerful voice was a mark of personhood. The longer the person stayed in the underworld (plunged to the depths of sorrow, for example), the more powerful the voice.”
Sometimes I feel like I’ve been “in the underworld” for years. It’s a beautiful underworld–full of 2 a.m. feedings, the sweet chatter of babies, and volumes of precious experiences–but now that my youngest is starting kindergarten in the fall, I can see how incredibly challenging it has been.
So many mothers feel like this. They have so much to say, so much to write, so much to offer. But they have to hold back for the sake of their families and wait for the right time to tell their stories.
My planner is full of little notes and ideas that are just waiting to be shared, and as I ponder the quote above, I am excited to think that all the long hours of working, thinking, praying, and waiting have actually strengthened my voice. And when each of us comes out of that “underworld,” we’ll be able to emerge as powerful voices for change in the world” (p.25 Dare, Dream, Do).
Reading a “how-to” book like this leads me to believe that all of us can dare, dream, and do.
How This Book Made an Impact In My Life, Especially as a Mother (or why I just really liked it): Although this book is mostly directed toward women, it’s actually based on principles that apply to everyone. But the reason I think it’s so essential that mothers read this is because we are very seldom encouraged to dream.
When was the last time someone asked you about your personal goals? When was the last time you felt like your dreams really mattered?
Simply the fact that this book exists is evidence that the “person” inside the mom also exists. Whitney knows that. She sees it in the women around her, and she has poured her heart and soul into this book so that everyone who has the desire to live life more fully has the tools and resources to do so.
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