'Dreamality' Explores God's Dream for Man

CINCINNATI, OH (ANS) -- Who hasn’t had a dream? Whether it’s a four-year-old’s desire to be a cowboy or a fifty-year-old’s hope to spend the golden years on a beach, we all dream. The human heart beats to dream and to hope. Some of our dreams are still on the horizon. In his Howard Publishing release, Dreamality, author Bob Coy explores the differences between man's dream and God's dream for man.

Our dreams can be endless and cover a range of possibilities. We may dream of an important promotion, a great accomplishment, an upcoming vacation, being old enough to drive, or graduating from high school, college or medical school. The variety of dreams is as countless as our thoughts to achieve them might be.
It is true that these dreams and more can be summed up in humanity’s hope to lead meaningful lives filled with purpose that transcends our own finite existence. It is this common bond of aspiration that causes our eyes to tear, our hearts to melt and our determination to rise when we see others’ dreams fulfilled.

But somewhere between childhood and adulthood, many of us let go of our dreams. We stop hoping that anything could get better. We stop expecting life to be full of excitement, anticipation, joy, fun and hope.

We let go of our dreams in exchange for the unrealistic dream world of Hollywood or Madison Avenue. At times, our optimism is replaced by anger, frustration, and bitterness. But it doesn't have to be that way. Bob Coy, senior pastor of the 17,000-member Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale, one of the fastest growing churches in America, believes that hope can be revived and we can rekindle the expectation of something more in our hearts.

In Dreamality, Coy reveals how Heaven's dream can become your reality. He looks to God as our dream-deliverer as well as the source of our dreams. He asserts that, as we come to understand God's heart toward us and the bigger picture of our lives, we can reclaim and live out our dreams.

Dreamality deeply explores the differences between man's dream and God's dream for man. Coy not only looks to biblical examples, like the life of Joseph, but he also relates by incorporating his own life experiences into its pages.

At the age of 24, Bob Coy left an executive position in the music industry to serve as an associate pastor with Calvary Chapel of Las Vegas. In 1985, Bob and his wife, Diane, moved to South Florida and began Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale. As senior pastor, he has become well known for his unique "life application" style in expounding the scriptures and making them come alive and relate to those of us living in the 21st Century.

Dreamality reveals that we all have the same quest for greatness. "We know instinctively that God’s plans for us are bigger, grander and more meaningful than any plans we could make, and the cry of our hearts for greatness makes us identify with people like Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire," says Dreamality author Bob Coy.

Eric was a famous runner from Scotland who refused to run in his best event, the one-hundred-meter race at the Paris Olympics in the summer of 1924, because the heats were held on Sunday. He chose to run in the four-hundred-meter competition instead, a race he was not expected to win. The Flying Scotsman, as he was affectionately called, won a gold metal in that race and set a new world record. As depicted in the movie Chariots of Fire, Liddell made this profound statement: “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast, and when I run I feel God’s pleasure.” He was living in the reality of heaven’s dream and sensed that God was pleased with him. He was doing the thing he was created to do, loved best and excelled at most. Now, we can experience the thrill of victory through his story.

In Dreamality, Coy also talks about the feelings we all have when we are victorious in achieving our goals and making our dreams become a reality. We’re driven to our feet, cheering, when the long shot wins the race or when Rocky comes back from a beating that would kill the average man to take the World Championship in boxing. We are wired for victory.

"How did we get that way?" Dreamality addresses some of the common questions and takes a look at dreams from a Biblical and Godly perspective. "The Bible tells us that God made us in His own image. That’s one reason we dream. God is into dreams. He’s the dream distributor and the dream deliverer: God is in the business of giving us dreams and then fulfilling those dreams in our lives by helping us to realize His purposes for each of us," explains Coy.

Coy shares numerous examples throughout the book about how the Bible is rich with accounts of God-given dreams. Whether through Abraham and his family, Esther and her destiny, David and the temple, or Joshua and the Promised Land, we see God giving and fulfilling dreams.

Dreamality takes a closer look at those Biblical dreams through the life of a young dreamer named Joseph. Find out why some of his dreams go nowhere, while others blossom. Once we’ve completed this journey with Joseph, we'll find out more about God-given dreams but also learn how to believe in those dreams. God loves us deeply and only He can say to us, with the ability to deliver, “You can have your dreams back, because they were made with you in mind!”

Joseph set out in life with a dream, but along the way he encountered opposition. Dreamality explores the importance of Joseph’s life in relation to ours, as readers discover some of the stark parallels between Joseph and our own lives today, to see what they reveal about our position as Christians.

In reading the book, you will discover that we all have dreams similar to Joseph’s. Dreams that say we’re important, that we belong to something bigger than our own lives and that we were meant for greatness. But what happens to those dreams along the road of life? How do we change from hopeful dreamers into disappointed or dutiful doers stuck in the rut of routine? The answer is, we have an adversary - a dream destroyer. And when he attacks, the life we thought would be a dream becomes a nightmare. Sometimes we even lose sight of our dreams. At least, that’s what the adversary wants us to believe. But it’s a lie.

By the time you finish reading the book, you'll discover that God has given each of us a dream and with his help we can live it. "I wrote this book because I hope to rekindle the expectation of something more in your heart. That’s what we were created for - something more, something supernatural that is bigger than this world," says Coy. "I pray that through the pages of this book, you’ll regain the hope and beauty of the grand dream for your life that began in God’s heart."

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