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In Unlock Your Dream Philip Wagner will inspire you to engage in life's greatest quest: discovering and reaching God's purpose and dreams for your life. You'll be empowered, equipped, and freed to give life to your dreams and to live with joy and expectation for an adventurous future.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Waterbrook Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1601428820
ISBN-13: 9781601428820

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Publisher's Description

Life Can Be Hard.
Dream Anyway!


"God gave you a specific desire, an assignment to complete, and it’s something that will be larger than you, but it’s something that will fulfill you completely. He allows us to be a part of His redeeming work, bringing a lost world back into communion with Him. God has a dream for our world, for humanity, and He has a dream for you and me. We have the capacity to reach those dreams, but it’s crucial that our desires lead us to the God-dream for our lives... Our greatest pursuit will be that dream."   —Philip Wagner
 
Your dreams are calling. Will you answer?
 
We all dream. The capacity for dreaming and pursuing those dreams is a gift given to every individual. But many people cannot even begin to describe their dreams, much less figure out how to bring them to fruition in the face of frustrating obstacles, distractions, and setbacks.
 
In Unlock Your Dream Philip Wagner will inspire you to engage in life’s greatest quest: discovering and reaching God’s purpose and dreams for your life. You’ll be empowered, equipped, and freed to give life to your dreams and to live with joy and expectation for an adventurous future.

Why Are You Really Here?

This question reveals the deepest longing of the human heart—a desire for meaning and significance. We recognize that we are on this earth for a purpose. Discovering that purpose is our life’s work and the key to unlocking our greatest dreams.
 
With contagious passion and humor, Philip Wagner blends biblical truths and real-world insights to invite you to:
 
* Reach beyond the ordinary to find the extraordinary gifts God has given you
* Disentangle yourself from lesser goals and embrace a God-size dream
* Navigate inevitable setbacks, disappointments, and distractions
* Build the ultimate team to energize your dreams with support and encouragement
* Discover your true calling and forge a unique path to an adventurous life
 
Whether you’re a student, a parent, or a professional—no matter your background or your life’s current season—it’s never too early or too late to uncover your God-given purpose and move boldly in the direction of your dreams!

Author Bio

Philip Wagner is the lead pastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles, a vibrant, innovative, and culturally diverse church with a strong focus on humanitarian efforts. Philip is the founder and CEO of Generosity.org, an organization dedicated to ending the clean-water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time. Philip is the author of Marriage Makeover and Love Works. Philip and his wife, Holly, have been married for more than thirty years. www.philipwagner.com

Editorial Reviews

"Everybody has a dream, but few know how to make it a reality. Let Philip Wagner be your guide! He’s a man who can help get you where you want to be, because he knows how to trust God for the impossible."
—Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and New York Times best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life

"Philip Wagner has been a friend of mine for a long time. I like a lot of things about him, but right at the top of the list is that he’s a dreamer. Dreams can be brain-candy that take us away from the present, but the best dreams are the ones that launch us into the future. This book is a conversation with a trusted friend about what could happen if we traded in our small-sized dreams and ambitions for some of the big ones Jesus talked about."
—Bob Goff, New York Times best-selling author of Love Does; founder of Love Does, a nonprofit human rights organization; and Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States

"Everyone dreams. As we get older, realities of life adjust our dreams, usually downsizing them. In Unlock Your Dream, my friend Philip Wagner reignites the dream, helps us understand why we have rationalized our dreams away, and gives us pragmatic steps to dream once again."
—Sam Chand, leadership consultant and author of Leadership Pain

"So many of my God-dreams have been realized because I have applied Philip Wagner’s teachings to my life. Reading his wise words in Unlock Your Dream on surviving through hurt and betrayals has been a soothing balm to my soul. I am excited for you to unleash the power of your God-dreams, the same way Philip has, with God’s hand, shown me."
—Sherri Shepherd, former cohost of The View and star of NBC’s Trial and Error

"We all have difficulties in figuring out what our purpose is on this earth. Philip Wagner has found a way for us to whittle away the parts of our dreams that are selfish and focus on the dreams that are God-centered. If you are looking for God to use your life for His glory and to have a great and fulfilling time along the way, this book is for you!"
—Barry Zito, Cy Young Award–winning pitcher and three-time All-Star for the Oakland A’s

"We all dream of a life that matters. We have a desire to make a real difference but often don’t know how. In Unlock Your Dream, Philip Wagner will inspire you to push past your doubts and give you the confidence you need to reach your God-dream."
—Craig Groeschel, pastor of Life.Church and New York Times best-selling author of #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World

"Unlock Your Dream breathes new life into that stirring in your heart you so desperately want to pursue. Philip identifies the challenges we’ll face in launching our God-given dreams while also providing the encouragement we need to keep moving forward."
—Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

"I believe the Holy Spirit has sovereignly ordered the steps of your life to the intersection of Pastor Philip Wagner. In his book, Unlock Your Dream, Philip humbly reveals the divine purpose and destiny assigned to his life: ’It’s part of my dream to release you so you can reach your dreams too.’ Through practical vignettes of dreams, dreamers, and dream-makers, every page both pushes and calls you to dream and dream big!"
—Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, DMin, PhD, Faithful Central Bible Church and former president of the King’s University, Los Angeles

"Unlock Your Dream will not only encourage those who read it to remain faithful to their dream, but it will also provide insight about how to do it."
—Al Kasha, two-time Academy Award–winning songwriter and composer

"Not many people you’ll meet will be as genuinely inspiring as Philip Wagner. He’s lived an extraordinary life as a husband, dad, and pastor—and now he’s penned a practical but personal guidebook for us to reach our highest God-given dreams along the real and sometimes rocky roads of life. He’s a modern-day happy sage with stories to tell and wisdom to share."
—Judah Smith, lead pastor of the City Church and New York Times best-selling author of Jesus Is_______.

"Culture has always been created and grown through dreamers who dare to dream big. In Philip Wagner’s book Unlock Your Dream, you will discover that setbacks and past hurts don’t have to keep you from the dream God has put in your heart. Philip is honest and transparent about the challenges he has faced and gives us a glimpse into his personal journey, which will encourage and inspire you to dream again."
—Darlene Zschech

"With thirty years of ministry, my good friend Phil Wagner has become one of the most effective and influential voices in the world today. He is passionate about his mission and has encouraged millions to discover their true potential and realize their God-given dreams. In his new book, Unlock Your Dream, Philip will help you discover the true purpose God has for your life, along with the means to bring it about. If you dream, this book is for you."
—Joel Osteen

"Dreams are your view of the future. Dreams are the substance of great achievement. In his new book, Philip Wagner shares the events in his life that taught him how to unlock his dreams and face the future with anticipation and excitement instead of hopelessness and apprehension. It will change your life!"
—A. R. Bernard, founder, senior pastor, and CEO of Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York

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  1. Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
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    Unlock Your Dream
    November 12, 2016
    Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    "Unlock Your Dream" by Philip Wagner is a good title for anyone wanting inspiration for their dream. The book is around 215 pages and addresses several topics such as:

    1. Questions to ask about your dream.

    2. 3 keys for keeping your dream realistic.

    3. Keeping a soft and compassionate heart is essential for pursuing your dream.

    4. 3 keys for avoiding the comparison trap.

    5. 7 lessons we can learn about generosity.

    6. The kinds of friends you need to have around as you pursue your dream.

    7. 3 keys for opposing the forces that threaten your dream.

    8. The importance of perseverance in pursuing your dream.

    The book is very readable and smoothly transitions from chapter to chapter. While overall a good book, I would have liked to have read more on how to determine the dream God has for you. While there was some reading on that topic, I believe there could have been much more. Like other books on the topic, this title is full of inspiration and good thoughts but short on determining your dream. Still, a good read.

    I was given a review copy by Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.
  2. Chicopee, MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    What prevents you from pursuing your dreams?
    November 9, 2016
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    Chicopee, MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
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    Pastor and author Philip Wagner believes that God has placed something inside each of usan image, an idea, or an assignment. His goal is to help people reach their dreams so that God can do amazing things in and through us.

    We have an incredible opportunity to do something extraordinary because God designed us with a special and unique purpose in mind. He has given us each a dream. In our journey we need to discover what that dream is and then align our efforts with Gods guidance to attain what He wants us to accomplish.

    The purpose of this book is to help you discover the keys that unlock your dreams and remove the barriers that stand in the way of having the full life God has planned for you. It is to help you realize that our world needs you to shine. We need you to flourish. We need your compassion, your heart, and your contribution. Without what you bring to our world, life will be less than what is intended for all of us. Its part of my dream to release you so you can reach your dreams too.

    Life is going to involve detours, roadblocks, and delays, but if you keep moving forward, learning what you can each step of the way, you will get there, and you will arrive fully prepared for the dream that awaits.

    Throughout the book, the author mixes stories from his own life and others, along with countless movie references in an attempt to help people unlock dreams that have been shut down somewhere in your heart. The bulk of the book tells how he pursued his own dream of planting a church in Los Angeles, establishing a non-profit organization that brings clean water to developing countries, and how he faced cancer. It started to sound like an autobiography after a while.

    The book is another example of Bible-lite written by a megachurch pastor. Rather than teach Scripture and illustrate it with stories, the author tells stories and illustrates it with Scripture. Most Scripture passages are handled correctly, though a few are taken out of context. In the opening chapter, the author states,

    Im going to help you unlock your dreams so that God can do amazing things in and through you. Jesus reminded us that with God all things are possible. So nothing should hold us back!

    With this as a starting point, the book tends to communicate twin messages. One is, If we can dream it, we can do it! The second is, Pursue your dreams and God will bless you. While the book is not necessarily bad, it is not one I would recommend.

    I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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