Discussing From Dream to Destiny by Robert Morris is like telling one of those good news/bad news jokes.
The good news is that the book is a good study of the life of Joseph, especially for male readers. It tells about ten issues men deal with on a continuous basis, such as pride, purity, and prosperity (yes, all ten start with “p”). In each instance, Morris explains how these factors were addressed by Joseph and how they apply to contemporary man. Often, he uses himself as an example in a humble and self-effacing way that makes him real, vulnerable, and very human. As a discussion starter for a weekly men’s Bible study, this book would be functional and easy to use.
The bad news is that the book has a lot of flaws, the worst being that not all of his advice to men is very wise or rational. For example, Morris says that the best way to advance toward purity in your marriage is to sit down with your wife and tell her about every impure act, thought, or deed you ever had with other women prior to your marriage. Morris did this with his wife and he said she really appreciated it. Man…what planet is this guy living on? I’ve been married for 33 years and I can’t imagine my wife saying it would be pure pleasure for her to be told about every date I had before I knew her and to learn of every “mistake” I made as a young and immature Christian. No, some things are better “left behind.” If the Lord can forgive and forget, so should we. Why return as a dog to its vomit (Proverbs 16:11)?
The book has outdated jokes (chapter two), ideas taken from other people’s best-selling books (chapter ten is “The Purpose Test,” a la Rick Warren), and too many repetitions of the same points. It needs newer, better, and more illustrations and more up-to-date references and examples.
Taken a chapter at a time as a study guide, the book would work on a week to week basis. However, to sit down and read it from cover to cover is very tiresome. -- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.com
If you have a dream, then you have a destiny. In his inspiring new book, From Dream to Destiny, Robert Morris prompts you to ask, How do I travel from the dream to the destiny—and what happens on the way? Each of us is given a dream by God—it’s the notion that sets our hearts racing by the mere thought of it. Unfortunately, most people never see their dream come to pass, so they never fulfill the destiny that God has in store. Robert Morris tells readers exactly how to make their dream into the reality they long for. He uses the example of Joseph’s life in the Old Testament. God gave Joseph a dream and then promptly took him through 10 character-building tests that lasted 13 years. These tests assessed Joseph’s strengths and weaknesses—from pride to purity—and they are the same tests that each of us must pass before God lets us realize our dream. Find out what the tests are, if you are passing or failing them, and get ready to begin fulfilling the destiny that you have long dreamed of.