I have never before read a book on the topic of dream interpretation. That’s why I was very excited to pick up “The Complete Guide to Dream Interpretation” by Marsha Trimble Dunstan. This book is a unique addition to the Christian non-fiction market, and as the title tells us, it is on the rather controversial topic of understanding the reason, message, and significance of these scenes that play through our minds as we sleep.
This book takes us through topics such as types of dreams, steps of interpretation, common questions, and of course many examples to illustrate the topic in discussion. It provides us with a well-thought-out approach to better understanding where our dream came from (whether from God, the enemy, or ourselves), what it means, and what we can learn from it. Also, it includes one of the most extensive symbol dictionaries available to help you understand and interpret the metaphoric nature of dreams within a Biblical context.
As I stated earlier, many examples of dreams are included in order to reinforce a topic that the author is discussing These examples bring the book to life and are very beneficial to the reader. That being said, some of the examples are very personal, and can sometimes feel inappropriate. On the one hand, I can understand why the author chose these particular examples since they do reinforce the point being made, but on the other hand I would recommend you be aware that a few examples can be uncomfortable to read.
I have long believed in the merit of dreams as a form of communication between God and His children. After all, there are numerous examples of exactly that in the Bible itself. I understand, however, that not everyone is open to the idea of dreams having very real and significant meanings. I would recommend this book not only to those who already believe in the merit of dreams, but also to those who are skeptical, as it is written in a way that will help to remove that doubtfulness, and replace it with a confidence that some dreams can actually be tools to improve our lives and bring us closer to God.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”