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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Bookworm-meetup: Book Review

Title: Between Heaven and Hollywood: Chasing Your God-Given Dream
Author: David A.R. White
Publisher: Zondervan, 2016
Genre: non-fiction, Christian living, inspiration

First Lines
If you're reading these words, then you're probably standing in a bookstore with my book in your hands, trying to decide if this is the one for you or if you should perhaps get the one written by the guy with bigger hair. Or maybe you're browsing Amazon and taking advantage of the "Look Inside" feature before you decide whether you want to buy this book.
Good for you. I think we all would be better served if we gave a little more thought to our decisions before we invested our money, our time, our effort, or our love. 
Goodreads Description:

Between Heaven & Hollywood is David’s inspirational journey from the wheat fields of his Mennonite home outside of Dodge City Kansas, to the bright lights of Los Angeles. This story of perseverance will assure you that your dreams aren’t frivolous. They might be the most important part of your life.

White has starred in more than twenty-five movies and produced forty films, including the blockbuster God’s Not Dead. He serves as a Managing Partner of Pure Flix, the largest faith-based movie studio in the world. With his signature wit and sidesplitting hilarity, David’s story of faithfulness, grounded in the biblical truth that no dream is too big for God, will inspire you to relentlessly pursue your dreams, and in the process, bring the reality of God’s kingdom a little closer to the here and now.

God has planted a dream in your heart that is both unique to you and essential to the world. White reminds us that there is no one too common, too uneducated, too poor, too inexperienced, or too broken that he or she cannot be used by God.

My Review:

Assisted by Tommy Blaze, David uses his life story as a point of reference for others who have a God-given dream to pursue. His journey to "success" was not a straight line, nor perhaps a success in the way most people (especially Hollywood folk) would define it. He has learned a lot along the way and kindly shares his knowledge with readers through this book. 

Whenever you talk about dreams, you have to talk about hard work, challenges, failure, patience and focus. David explains all of these really well. I like that Scripture is the authority undergirding every subject he addresses. It is clear that he has learned to major on the majors and come to understand his life's purpose and mission. This enables him to guide others into doing the same.

While there are no photos in the book (I imagine this was a function of the added cost for the publisher or because it is intended more as an instruction manual than a memoir), the author directs the reader to exclusive photos that can be viewed online.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. While I borrowed my copy from the library, I think it is worth purchasing for one's personal bookshelf.


  1. Sounds like just the book I need to kickstart my dreaming again!! I live about 2 hours from Dodge City, Kansas!

    1. Cool! Let me know what you think of the book if you read it!


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