When Fear Fuels Reality, is Faith Lost? (‘Hidden in Dreams’ Review)

By Kathryn Eriksen
Guest Reviewer

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 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.

This review was originally published at Kathryn’s blog. Reprinted with permission from the author.

One Response to “When Fear Fuels Reality, is Faith Lost? (‘Hidden in Dreams’ Review)”

  1. Wow…intriguing! If this is really great writing, I’d love to turn my sister on to these books. She is still stuck in those Amish novels. One of my favorite novelists is Eugenia Price and her Savannah quartet!

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