Out of a Dream
Michelle Baron should be reveling in her life in Sandy Cove, Oregon. A newlywed settling into a quaint coastal town, her husband a junior partner in a law firm—what more could she want? But a series of disturbing nightmares leads her to the New World bookstore, where she begins a spiritual journey that will challenge her Christian heritage as well as her marriage.
Bestselling Christian fiction with captivating characters, a suspenseful story line, and a thought-provoking theme ~ Sandy Cove Series Book 1.
About the author
Rosemary Hines writes contemporary Christian fiction with message driven stories and realistic characters. Her Sandy Cove Series has been on the Kindle Bestseller Lists in categories such as Contemporary Christian Fiction, Christian Mystery and Suspense, and Christian Literary Fiction. Rosemary has taught writing at a secondary level and partners with her husband to teach Sunday school at their local Calvary Chapel.
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By Joann Carter on May 5, 2013
I am a person who usually tries to avoid conflict at all cost, but we all know at times the reality is that is not possible. OUT OF A DREAM deals with deep issues such as; self-deception, spiritually, secular worldview -vs- Biblical worldview, temptation, and more hard stuff. To be honest, at times I set the book down because the content felt “heavy” as the main character experimented with the New Age practices and ideals. My conflict alert was in high gear as I saw the cliff she was headed toward. At times I felt like sitting the main character down and having a nice ‘heart to heart’ with her. (Especially over her New Age teacher!) Thankfully, I didn’t give up because the ending was worth the wait.
I think what I appreciated most about this author is that it was quickly apparent she has a good understanding and grasp of different belief systems and what life is like with and without Christ. There was no hedging or sugar-coating issues that we, as people, face every day.
If you are a reader who has questions about Christianity, I would encourage you to read this novel. Take your time with it, think through and try to process the content. It’s some tough stuff, but well worth the time you’ll invest.
*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
By Linda Crawford on June 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The lure of the occult and New Age mysticism is a very real force in today’s world. And it is becoming increasingly difficult to witness to those drawn into these spiritual practices because they totally discount the reality of the Godhead. There is a way out, and Rosemary Hines shows us clearly in Out of a Dream. This way out is through a personal and real encounter with Jesus Christ.
After reading this novel, I was convicted to divest myself of some “friends” and groups in social media that promote a “spiritual” world view that is divergent from the Christian faith that I hold to. It is unsafe to flirt with the occult. It is ungodly to indulge in “spiritual” endeavors apart from the God of the Bible. I thank Rosemary for taking a stand for the right and for giving me the courage to break ties with the things that could prove to be my undoing.
I, for one, appreciate the exploration of highly charged life situations in contemporary Christian fiction. This really goes beyond what I had expected. Out of a Dream is on the gritty side of life; life is not always pretty. Marriage is not always easy. Parents are not always perfect examples. Here we have the opportunity to see very imperfect people as they find their way to peace in Christ.
And there is HOPE in the pages. God is able to reach those who are so far away that they may have been written off.
By Joyce Glass on April 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have not read a fiction book in years. I am a writer, busy mom, and mostly read non-fiction. I got tired of the some old syrpy plots, and everything turned to gold for the characters in typical romance novels – even Christian ones. Well, real life hurts and there are struggles we do not often talk about.
I enjoyed walking with Michelle on her spiritual journey. Even though just reading about New Age beliefs bothered me I knew it was important to the story. The last couple of chapters I cried with Michelle and her family as they deal with a heart breaking event. I am very close to my father, and could not imagine.
I can’t wait to read the next one in the series. I love how Rosemary takes you through the different emotions. This is not smut romance, and I love how faith is weaved throughout the story. Rosemary did an excellent job in developing the story. I stayed up too late a few nights to read it. I could not just read for 30 minutes. I had to know what happened!
By Caylansfairydust on April 11, 2013
Author Rosemary Hines did a great job bringing Michelle’s story to life. Her character was very realistic, as were those who were woven into the fabric of Michelle’s life. The story takes it’s reader on a journey to find truth and meaning in life, first finding it in the alluring New Age Movement with the seductive baby steps that often lead to becoming entrapped by the very thing one thinks they control.
The story has several subplots within it and readers will find themselves rooting for and relating to the characters. The multi-dimensional characters have you rooting for them and hoping they will be able to turn their lives around before it’s too late.
I would recommend reading the letter at the end of the book as well. In some ways, it is more interesting than the story when you read how the author spent the first part of her life seduced by the occult and how God used tragedy to bring her to a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Out of A Dream is easy to read, fast paced and has good character development. I would recommend it to those who may be questioning their faith in God’s all sufficiency in their lives and to those who are searching for what is God.
By Jenn on June 24, 2013
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As far as the narrator: initially I didn’t like the narrator’s style of reading, but as I got engrossed in the storyline I noticed that she ceased to grate on me. Listening to this story was quite a different experience to physically reading the book. I found that I engaged better with the characters and emotions of the story. I found the story to be quite an emotional and spiritual roller coaster and I felt quite anxious with Michelle’s meddling in New Age practices.The story: This was a rather intriguing story where people eventually came to faith but via a range of detours along the way. This would be a good book to read by someone who is concerned about the choices people in their family are making with regards to their spirituality. Yoga, New Age, Tarot cards…all these avenues are explored by the seeker who is looking for spiritual fulfilment…but none of them really fill the void. Out of a Dream shows the power of persistent prayer by the grandparents and a peace which draws the others to them in a crisis situation. God is at work.I’m looking forward to starting the second book in this series and following this family as they regroup after their crisis.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.