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About Unlock Your Dream

Life Can Be Hard.
Dream Anyway!


“God gave you a specific desire, an assignment to complete, and it’s something that will be larger than you, but it’s something that will fulfill you completely. He allows us to be a part of His redeeming work, bringing a lost world back into communion with Him. God has a dream for our world, for humanity, and He has a dream for you and me. We have the capacity to reach those dreams, but it’s crucial that our desires lead us to the God-dream for our lives... Our greatest pursuit will be that dream.”   —Philip Wagner
 
Your dreams are calling. Will you answer?
 
We all dream. The capacity for dreaming and pursuing those dreams is a gift given to every individual. But many people cannot even begin to describe their dreams, much less figure out how to bring them to fruition in the face of frustrating obstacles, distractions, and setbacks.
 
In Unlock Your Dream Philip Wagner will inspire you to engage in life’s greatest quest: discovering and reaching God’s purpose and dreams for your life. You’ll be empowered, equipped, and freed to give life to your dreams and to live with joy and expectation for an adventurous future.

Why Are You Really Here?

This question reveals the deepest longing of the human heart—a desire for meaning and significance. We recognize that we are on this earth for a purpose. Discovering that purpose is our life’s work and the key to unlocking our greatest dreams.
 
With contagious passion and humor, Philip Wagner blends biblical truths and real-world insights to invite you to:
 
* Reach beyond the ordinary to find the extraordinary gifts God has given you
* Disentangle yourself from lesser goals and embrace a God-size dream
* Navigate inevitable setbacks, disappointments, and distractions
* Build the ultimate team to energize your dreams with support and encouragement
* Discover your true calling and forge a unique path to an adventurous life
 
Whether you’re a student, a parent, or a professional—no matter your background or your life’s current season—it’s never too early or too late to uncover your God-given purpose and move boldly in the direction of your dreams!

Praise

“Everybody has a dream, but few know how to make it a reality. Let Philip Wagner be your guide! He’s a man who can help get you where you want to be, because he knows how to trust God for the impossible.”
—Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and New York Times best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life

“Philip Wagner has been a friend of mine for a long time. I like a lot of things about him, but right at the top of the list is that he’s a dreamer. Dreams can be brain-candy that take us away from the present, but the best dreams are the ones that launch us into the future. This book is a conversation with a trusted friend about what could happen if we traded in our small-sized dreams and ambitions for some of the big ones Jesus talked about.”
—Bob Goff, New York Times best-selling author of Love Does; founder of Love Does, a nonprofit human rights organization; and Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States

“Everyone dreams. As we get older, realities of life adjust our dreams, usually downsizing them. In Unlock Your Dream, my friend Philip Wagner reignites the dream, helps us understand why we have rationalized our dreams away, and gives us pragmatic steps to dream once again.”
—Sam Chand, leadership consultant and author of Leadership Pain

“So many of my God-dreams have been realized because I have applied Philip Wagner’s teachings to my life. Reading his wise words in Unlock Your Dream on surviving through hurt and betrayals has been a soothing balm to my soul. I am excited for you to unleash the power of your God-dreams, the same way Philip has, with God’s hand, shown me.”
—Sherri Shepherd, former cohost of The View and star of NBC’s Trial and Error

“We all have difficulties in figuring out what our purpose is on this earth. Philip Wagner has found a way for us to whittle away the parts of our dreams that are selfish and focus on the dreams that are God-centered. If you are looking for God to use your life for His glory and to have a great and fulfilling time along the way, this book is for you!”
—Barry Zito, Cy Young Award–winning pitcher and three-time All-Star for the Oakland A’s

“We all dream of a life that matters. We have a desire to make a real difference but often don’t know how. In Unlock Your Dream, Philip Wagner will inspire you to push past your doubts and give you the confidence you need to reach your God-dream.”
—Craig Groeschel, pastor of Life.Church and New York Times best-selling author of #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World

“Unlock Your Dream breathes new life into that stirring in your heart you so desperately want to pursue. Philip identifies the challenges we’ll face in launching our God-given dreams while also providing the encouragement we need to keep moving forward.”
—Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

“I believe the Holy Spirit has sovereignly ordered the steps of your life to the intersection of Pastor Philip Wagner. In his book, Unlock Your Dream, Philip humbly reveals the divine purpose and destiny assigned to his life: ‘It’s part of my dream to release you so you can reach your dreams too.’ Through practical vignettes of dreams, dreamers, and dream-makers, every page both pushes and calls you to dream and dream big!”
—Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, DMin, PhD, Faithful Central Bible Church and former president of the King’s University, Los Angeles

“Unlock Your Dream will not only encourage those who read it to remain faithful to their dream, but it will also provide insight about how to do it.”
—Al Kasha, two-time Academy Award–winning songwriter and composer

“Not many people you’ll meet will be as genuinely inspiring as Philip Wagner. He’s lived an extraordinary life as a husband, dad, and pastor—and now he’s penned a practical but personal guidebook for us to reach our highest God-given dreams along the real and sometimes rocky roads of life. He’s a modern-day happy sage with stories to tell and wisdom to share.”
—Judah Smith, lead pastor of the City Church and New York Times best-selling author of Jesus Is_______.

“Culture has always been created and grown through dreamers who dare to dream big. In Philip Wagner’s book Unlock Your Dream, you will discover that setbacks and past hurts don’t have to keep you from the dream God has put in your heart. Philip is honest and transparent about the challenges he has faced and gives us a glimpse into his personal journey, which will encourage and inspire you to dream again.”
—Darlene Zschech

“With thirty years of ministry, my good friend Phil Wagner has become one of the most effective and influential voices in the world today. He is passionate about his mission and has encouraged millions to discover their true potential and realize their God-given dreams. In his new book, Unlock Your Dream, Philip will help you discover the true purpose God has for your life, along with the means to bring it about. If you dream, this book is for you.”
—Joel Osteen

“Dreams are your view of the future. Dreams are the substance of great achievement. In his new book, Philip Wagner shares the events in his life that taught him how to unlock his dreams and face the future with anticipation and excitement instead of hopelessness and apprehension. It will change your life!”
—A. R. Bernard, founder, senior pastor, and CEO of Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York

About Philip Wagner

Philip Wagner is the lead pastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles, a vibrant, innovative, and culturally diverse church with a strong focus on humanitarian efforts. Philip is the founder and CEO of Generosity.org, an organization dedicated to ending the clean-water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time. Philip is the author of Marriage Makeover and Love Works. Philip and his wife, Holly, have been married for more than thirty years. www.philipwagner.com

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240 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Dec 20, 2016

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Carton Quantity: 12

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Click Here to download the first chapter of Unlock Your Dream by Philip Wagner   About Unlock Your Dream by Philip Wagner Life Can Be Hard. Dream Anyway! “God gave you a specific desire—an assignment to complete—and it’s something that will be larger than you, but it’s something that will fulfill you completely. He allows us to be a part of His redeeming work, bringing a lost world back into communion with Him. God has a dream for our world, for humanity, and He has a dream for you and me. We have the capacity to reach those dreams, but it’s crucial that our desires lead us to the God-dream for our lives. Our greatest pursuit will be that dream.”   —Philip Wagner   Your dreams are calling. Will you answer? We all dream. The capacity for dreaming and pursuing those dreams is a gift given to every individual. But many people cannot even begin to describe their dreams, much less figure out how to bring them to fruition in the face of frustrating obstacles, distractions, and setbacks. In Unlock Your Dream Philip Wagner will inspire you to engage in life’s greatest quest: discovering and reaching God’s purpose and dreams for your life. You’ll be empowered, equipped, and freed to give life to your dreams and to live with joy and expectation for an adventurous future.

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An Inspiring, Time-Tested Roadmap to Fulfilling Dreams in the New Year

“Everybody has a dream, but few know how to make it a reality. Let Philip Wagner be your guide! He’s a man who can help get you where you want to be, because he knows how to trust God for the impossible.”
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and New York Times best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life
 
The beginning of a new year is a great time for people to focus on the special assignments, the dreams God has given them. Yet some may struggle with discouragement as they continually meet obstacles and get derailed from fulfilling their dreams.
 
Philip Wagner, lead pastor of the innovative and racially-diverse Oasis Church in Los Angeles, has been there. While pursuing the dreams that God put on his heart, he encountered numerous setbacks including betrayal from close ministry colleagues, identity theft and a cancer diagnosis for both him and his wife. Wagner has wanted to give up numerous times but has learned how to forgive those who hurt him, persevere in Christ’s strength and gain an overcoming faith. “The crises we face will either bury us and our dreams or carry them to greater heights,” he notes.
 
Now, he provides a roadmap full of wise counsel and faith-building testimonies in Unlock Your Dream: Discover the Adventure You Were Created For (WaterBrook, 12/20/16).
 
In his transparent and down-to-earth style, Wagner declares with passion to people of all ages: not to settle for lesser paths but focus on God’s highest dream for their lives. “God put inside you dreams that offer opportunities to seize the ordinary moments and to turn them into something extraordinary,” he says.
 
Combining numerous powerful personal stories with biblical insight and practical advice, Wagner helps readers:
· Distinguish if an idea is a “God-dream” worth pursuing or not
· Awaken and open dreams that have been shut down in their hearts
· Understand and overcome common hindrances and “dream thieves” they may encounter
· Realistically consider the cost and sacrifice necessary in seeing a dream fulfilled
· Build a “dream team” around them so they can be encouraged and challenged on their journey

Readers will be inspired and equipped to pursue their dreams with great joy and expectation.
 
Dream-builder discussion questions for individual and group study are included in the book.
 
Visit www.philipwagner.com/unlockyourdream for more information.
 
More Praise for Unlock Your Dream
Unlock Your Dream breathes new life into that stirring in your heart you so desperately want to pursue. Philip identifies the challenges we’ll face in launching our God-given dreams while also providing the encouragement we need to keep moving forward.”
Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
 
“Philip Wagner has been a friend of mine for a long time. I like a lot of things about him, but right at the top of the list is that he’s a dreamer. Dreams can be brain-candy that take us away from the present, but the best dreams are the ones that launch us into the future. This book is a conversation with a trusted friend about what could happen if we traded in our small-sized dreams and ambitions for some of the big ones Jesus talked about.”
Bob Goff, New York Times best-selling author of Love Does; founder of Love Does, a nonprofit human rights organization; and Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Philip Wagner is the lead pastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles, an innovative and racially diverse church with a strong focus on humanitarian efforts in local and global outreach to the impoverished. Philip and his wife, Holly, started Oasis in 1984 in Beverly Hills with ten people. Today they’ve grown to over 4,000 members. With his humorous and relevant teaching style, Philip teaches all over the world and is the founder of Generosity.org, an organization dedicated to ending the clean water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time. Philip and Holly have been married for more than 30 years and have two grown children.

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Christian Living/Personal Growth
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By Lee Ann Perez

It's a new year, and the time when most of us start thinking about how we can make our dreams come true. Yes, we all have dreams, and we all want to fulfill them.  But for so many of us, a dream is just that, a dream. How can you be the one who lives your dream, how can you make it happen?  In this diverse guide, Unlock Your Dream,  by Pastor Philip Wagner, you will find ways to ask and listen to God that will help you in living your dreams. ...

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By Karen England

              "Unlock Your Dream, Discover the Adventure You Were Created for," by Philip Wagner is a great read because it is written from Philip's heart, his life experience and God's desire for everyone to dream. Just as God has created each of us to be unique, He has created within each of us unique dreams and the desire to achieve those unique dreams. Philip says, "I like to call it the God-dream... God...

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By Taylor Phillips

its been awhile since I read it, but it's sometbing that sticks with you. Super encouraging, challenging book. Your dreams aren't meant to be hidden.. they can be achieved! God created each and every one of us with a purpose, and it's not small by any means. Your dream, and achieving that dream is important to furthering the kingdom of God and understanding the goodness of our Father.  Recommend this book!

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By Mardene Carr

Dreaming is universal! No matter where in the world you are, people are dreamers. We should never stop dreaming, even after we have failed.While most childhood dreams may be implausible, they teach us that dreams are wonderful goals to reach towardPhilip Wagner teaches us how to unlock our dreams and discover what we were created to do. The author shows us that although life can be hard at times, we should keep seeking to discover the...

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By Rachel Van Deusen

I enjoyed reading the book, Unlock Your Dreams by Philip Wagner. Some parts of it were hard to read as we are forced to really step outside our comfort zone and trust God when it comes to pursuing our dreams.  I really liked reading how some times our purpose and part of making our dream come true is about helping somebody else achieve their dream. I find it fascinating how God works out all the details of our life and how I struggle with my...

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