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By Carol Kelley
I love reading great books, whether reconnecting with an old favorite or discovering something new. Recently I became reacquainted with one of my favorite authors, Davis Bunn. His recent novel, Hidden in Dreams, combines fascinating subject matter and memorable characters with a suspenseful plot. I was hooked from the first chapter!
You can count on Davis Bunn’s books to deliver an action-packed read, and Hidden in Dreams is certainly no exception. The story centers on Dr. Elena Burroughs, professor, psychologist, dream interpretation expert and author. She is hearing alarming reports – numerous individuals scattered across the globe are all experiencing the same disturbing dream.
Then Elena’s own nightmares begin. Could they be legitimate prophetic warnings, or perhaps something more sinister?
Her faith, friendships, and professional principles are all about to be severely tested.
Hidden in Dreams speaks to current economic and political challenges with amazing accuracy, yet without lapsing into a doomsday mentality. As you read, you will find yourself drawn into Elena’s challenge to differentiate between subtle shades of truth and error, and your own powers of discernment will be tested along with hers.
Dream interpretation can be extremely subjective, as Dr. Burroughs knows. She learns to trust her intuition and discern what is true, and also comes to value the prayers and perceptions of trusted friends.
I give Hidden in Dreams a 4 star (out of 5) rating. While I devoured the book eagerly, some of the descriptions and dialogue were a bit clichéd. But I applaud Davis Bunn for writing a well-researched, fast-paced novel about dream interpretation.
This topic is of great personal interest to me. My husband and I both firmly believe that God wishes to communicate with his children; dreams are one way that he can convey truth to us. I appreciate that Bunn outlined some historical and spiritual principles for interpreting dreams, while also emphasizing the importance of exercising sound discernment. In life as in dream interpretation, things are not always as they first appear!
This review was originally published on Carol Kelley’s blog, Global Vision Connection. Reprinted with permission from the author.
Davis Bunn’s books never disappoint. Intrigue and danger stalk the characters through this suspenseful novel. Marc Royce, whom we met in Bunn’s masterpiece Lion of Babylon, is geared for another wild adventure—this time in Kenya.
Are those dispatched to aid native refugees somehow involved in further disrupting their fragile lives? US and the UN involvement up the perilous stakes, and Royce wonders whom he can truly trust.
Forging ahead amidst chaotic circumstances, Royce works to bring hope and justice to the group he’s sent to assist. Impressed by Charles, the native pastor, and Philip, the wise young head chief, Royce works with them to solve a problem much larger than he expected to uncover. He also falls for the Jewish Christian relief worker, Kitra, whose brother has gone missing.
Bunn, as usual, weaves an involved plot into a fascinating story filled with thought-provoking issues. Philip had dreamed of a hero who would deliver his people, a shujaa. He told Royce that Royce must decide if he was ready for this role. They both knew the true meaning of a real hero—sacrifice. Royce proves his willingness and ability to give his all to the task.
Some violence is involved, of course, but I appreciate the author skipping explicit details.
This book was just announced as a Christy finalist in the Suspense category. Congratulations to one of my favorite authors!
Announcing Prose in Motion: a first-time-ever two-day workshop I’ll be teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area this fall. This event will take place at the Silicon Valley Courtyard Marriott in Newark, CA, and will offer full-day instruction as well as buffet lunch. The dates are September 14 and 15 and will be packed with great instruction to help you take your fiction to the next level, whether you are a beginning or seasoned writer.
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