The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere


Recently our oldest daughter Kandace brought our 1-1/2 year old granddaughter JoLee to a pageant and during it JoLee began running around, jumping, squealing and laughing.  She had many eyes on her and loved every minute of it but at one point Kandace tried to settle her down and make her be still.  JoLee was not having it.  She refused.  Really refused.  She continued running around and laughing causing a distraction so Kandace took JoLee’s face in her hands to persuade her to look her in the eyes.  JoLee wasn’t having it.  She picked up both feet in hopes to gain freedom, but fell to the floor instead.  She looked at Kandace with a shocked expression on her face of “How could you allow this to happen to me?”  The following thought went through my mind.

How many times have we been set in our own plans (or plans others try to force on us) and we buzz around like bees or run around like a chicken with its head cut off when all the while God is wanting to take our faces in His hands and say,”Look at me in the eyes and listen to what I have to say.  Look at me.  Follow me.”

I recently read a book, The Good Dream, by Donna VanLiere.  It is on the New York Times bestselling list.  I have been studying a lot because I am trying to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Business and doing a Bible study, but I wanted a good book to read for relaxation.  Sometimes we just need to kick back and relax.  I really enjoyed this book.

This book is set in Tennessee in the 1950’s about Ivorie Walker, a woman who is considered an “old maid” because she lives with her parents and works in the school library.  Her mother worries over her because she has not married.  The town pities her because “her life is passing her by.”  Well, Miss Ivorie meets a mute little boy who has come down from the Tennessee mountains.  Miss Ivorie thinks raccoons or something are stealing the vegetables from her garden only to learn it is this filthy, ragamuffin little mute boy.  I do not want to ruin it for you in case you decide to purchase this book so I won’t tell you the whole story, but I will say this book is a must read.

It teaches the importance of following through with the plans of your life no matter what naysayers say.  It is a story that teaches us to push beyond our boundaries, reach out and help those who can’t help themselves even if it is scary; possibly even cost our life.  I believe this is one of our purposes in life.  To look to God, see the plans He has for us and help others.

I hope you read The Good Dream.  I think you will fall in love with Miss Ivorie like I did.

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