Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Series Foreword

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pp. vii-x

...Everyday practices matter for Christian faith. Our ordinary routines—eating, cooking, working, walking, shopping, playing, and parenting—are responses to the life God gives to the world. Christian faith claims that the ordinary materials and practices of human life are graced by God’s presence: basic foodstuffs become the body of Christ in a shared meal, water becomes the promise...

Preface

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pp. xi-xii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

...I have been dreaming and wake up in my own bed. There are no pursuers, no baby, no danger, only a pounding heart and a sweat-drenched pillow. The only words that I have to describe the intensity of my dream seem oddly melodramatic to my waking mind. But the post-dream description is the best I can do, because I can’t share the experience while it is occurring...

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Chapter 1: The Everyday Practice of Dreaming

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pp. 7-24

...Dreaming is easier to define than it is to understand. According to one easily available definition, a dream is “a series of images, ideas, emotions and sensations, occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.” This definition is helpful but only provides the broadest outline of the experience of dreaming. We dream while we are asleep, and sometimes we daydream or shift our focus from waking reality to dreamlike spaces while we are going about our everyday lives...

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Chapter 2: I Am Because I Dream

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pp. 25-42

...Imagine that life-forms from another planet visit Earth to observe human behavior. This is what they would see: during daylight hours, human beings hustle and bustle, business deals are transacted, cars speed by, meals are cooked, and children go to school. As the sun sets, the rhythms began to slow, and with nightfall, most members of the human population lie supine on square platforms, breathing but unaware of their surroundings ...

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Chapter 3: Loved by a Dreaming God

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pp. 43-60

...Christians are betrothed to a God who dreams. I know that God dreams, because I do, and I am made in God’s image. As the book of Genesis unfolds, we find God busily untangling the chaos in the cosmos. The Spirit hovers over the waters, and at God’s command, the ordering of light and dark, day and night begins. What an exciting time, because everything is possible...

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Chapter 4: Around Open Fires

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pp. 61-78

...This chapter explores the influence of dreamers on their culture and the influence of culture on their dream interpretations. Dreaming is an activity that crosses cultural boundaries to include people from every segment of society and from every region of the world. As each culture “advances,” there is the tendency to try to distance the society from the rituals and cultural expressions of indigenous...

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Chapter 5: "I Have a Dream"

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pp. 79-94

...This chapter situates our dreams within the context of social and political systems. In each of the preceding chapters, dreaming has been considered as a prophetic gift, a means of communication with God, a mystical interweaving of waking and sleeping realities, and a reorientation of the physiological processes of the brain. Here we explore the use of dream language in public rhetoric...

Notes

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pp. 95-100

Suggestions for Further Reading

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pp. 101-102

Reader's Guide

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pp. 103-105