- Book of Dreams, A Novel
- DavisBunn, ©2011
- Howard Books, Division of Simon and Schuster
- ISBN 978-1-4165-5670-1
- 328 pp. plus reading guide (ppbk.)
- (also available as an e-book)
Psychologist Dr. Elena Burroughs receives a request for emergency counseling to a woman who arrives with bodyguards. These men thoroughly search Elena’s office before allowing the patient to enter. This woman has had one horrible dream reoccur every night for weeks.
As guidance for the case, Elena’s mentor gives her an ancient book printed in gold calligraphy. Each page contains a verse of the Lord’s prayer and those who read the page may hear from God. Elena’s mentor had never heard anything, but Elena, on reading the first page, clearly does. Soon she’s enmeshed in world-shaking conspiracies that will destroy the world’s economy and countless lives.
In the light of present world economies, this book sounds almost prophetic. According to internet news reports, some events written as fiction may already be happening in our world.
From page one Davis Bunn’s writing creates sympathy for his characters’ lives. His pace keeps readers turning pages for hours. In the story, a small group learns to pray, trust and follow God into adventures dictated by visions that come through the Books of Dreams. The plot involves romance, mystery, arson, thievery –and murder by a ghost-like assailant.
The pace of the tale slows somewhat in the last part of the book. However, the characters growing relationship with God may make readers hungry to also know Him that well. The ending is a neat, unexpected twist that leaves room for a sequel.
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Davis Bunn did his undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, earning honors degrees in both economics and psychology. In London, he earned a Master of Science in both industrial psychology and international economics. He taught at a Swiss university for a year, then entered a business career that took him to more than 40 countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Davis came to faith at age 28, and began writing two weeks later. Before that, he’d never written anything longer than a business report. He completed seven novels in nine years before the first, The Presence, was accepted for publication by Bethany House (1991).