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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
The Dream by Deborah Arlene begins with a dream, the kind of nightmare from which the victim wakes up disoriented and drenched in sweat. But Seth Siracke's nightmare isn’t an occasional kind of dream. It has become something that disturbs his sleep, nags at the edges of his mind while he is awake, and sucks away at his energy. What makes things difficult is that he is losing interest in life and giving in to despair. His girlfriend, Katy, is worried about his dream, but even her resolve to not talk about it won’t free Seth from its grip. There is only one way to stop the dreams: find out the truth and why the dreams leave him no moment’s respite. So, Seth sets out on a spiritual odyssey, an inner journey that links him with an elderly man and a story linked to the horrors of abortion.
Deborah Arlene writes with compassion about a topic that few people feel comfortable discussing, compelling readers to appreciate the beauty and sacredness of every life. The consequences of abortion are painful, despite how much our egoistic culture tries to downplay it, and it is painful for everyone involved. The Dream explores this kind of pain and unveils the face of a loving God who makes healing and acceptance possible for His creatures. Deborah Arlene’s writing is thoughtful and filled with religious insights, a story that explores love, abortion, healing, and hope. It has a strong appeal to readers who enjoy stories that are inspiring and that involve the power of God’s love operating in the depths of human brokenness. The prose is beautiful; the narrative voice strong and compassionate, and the plot so intelligently imagined and skillfully written that the reader feels as though the story was taking place in their own lives. The Dream is a must-read for any reader who wants to understand the value of every life.