Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Some Christmas Reading


Christmas music and Christmas movies are a great way to get into the holiday mood, but nothing lets you immerse yourself in the season quite the same way as a good book. So here are seven fun tales with which to get your Christmas reading going this year:

  1. “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. A classic short to wet your appetite.
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. Nothing says “Christmas” like a green curmudgeon, right?
  3. 12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep. A little mystery, a little romance, all set in 1850 England during the 12 days of Christmas—this is not your typical Christmas romance.
  4. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. We all can use a little Christmas magic at this time of year.
  5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Because the book is always better, no matter how many different movie versions they make.
  6. Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep. ‘Tis the season for some scheming…
  7. The Prophet, the Shepherd, and the Star by Jenny L. Cote. Through the eyes of two cats, two dogs, a mouse and a lamb, rediscover the prophecies that foretold Christ’s first coming and then experience those prophecies coming true.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December 2018 Writing Update



November saw a flurry of fiction writing as I decided to use NaNo WriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge to push myself. While I did not officially participate and I definitely didn’t shoot for the standard word goal, I did set a goal that I knew would force me to write much faster than my usual pace.

In the end I fell short of my goal by one chapter’s length, but I remain pleased with the progress made. I now have completed 25 chapters of a first draft, or what I estimate to be about two-thirds of a new book.

Of course, the draft is terribly messy. I already know of a couple of dozen things that will need to change and a dozen more scenes that will need to be added. But there are also many points which I loved, moments that have made me laugh or gasp or ache and which I suspect will end up in the final draft in some form. An overall structure to the story has also seemed to have emerged, strong and solid, on which I shall be able to build upon in coming months. Of course, only the coming months will be able to tell me if this is true or if this is only the euphoria of first draft speaking…

Due to this intense focus on my novel writing, I have made little progress on other areas of my writing. The one thing I can report is that I am officially registered as a vendor with MACHE (the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators). So you will be able to find my booth, Imagination Investigation, at the St. Paul RiverCentre during April 12-13, 2019. I hope I will see a few of you there!

Finally, since the Christmas season is here, my Facebook page (@ChawnaSchroederAuthor) will be taking a break from my normal posts to share twenty-five rarely sung Christmas carols. So come like my page and join the fun!

Monday, December 3, 2018

December 2018 New Christian Fiction

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Amish Romance:

The Amish Sweet Shop by Laura Bradford, Mary Ellis, and Emma Miller -- It's almost Valentine's Day at Beechy's Sweets, where the Amish gifts of love and faith are even sweeter than the home-made candy. In The Sweetest Courtship by Emma Miller, bachelor Jacob Beechy is a master candy maker whose mother longs for grandchildren, so she sets out to find him an assistant confectioner during the Valentine’s holiday—and a wife. In The Sweetest Truth by Laura Bradford, Sadie Fischer can’t see beyond her scars from a barn fire, but there’s a young man who sees only sweetness when he looks at her, and he’s sending her Beechy’s chocolate and mysterious gifts leading up to Valentine’s Day. In Nothing Tastes So Sweet by Mary Ellis, Pregnant widow Hannah wants to buy her English employer’s hardware store, but ends up following a clue from Beechy’s to clear a man’s name—and finds a partnership in work, faith, and love. (Amish Romance from Kensington)

Amish Christmas Memories by Vannetta Chapman -- When a young Amish woman collapses in the snow shortly before Christmas, Caleb Wittmer rushes to her aid. Only, “Rachel” remembers nothing of who she is. Now his family has taken in the pretty stranger, disrupting Caleb’s ordered world. He’s determined to find out where she belongs…even if Rachel’s departure means saying goodbye to his old-fashioned heart forever. (Amish Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

A Quilt for Jenna (Apple Creek Dreams #1) by Patrick E. Craig -- On her way to win a quilting competition—and a ticket out of Amish life, Jerusha finds her God, her missing husband, and a lost little girl in the heart of the Storm of The Century. (Amish Romance from P & J Publishing)

The Road Home (Apple Creek Dreams #2) by Patrick E. Craig -- Adopted into an Amish family as a child, local historian Jenny Springer is looking for the parents she never knew. When Jenny meets Jonathan Hershberger, a drifter from San Francisco who lands in Apple Creek fleeing a drug deal gone wrong, she is intrigued by this Englischer with an Amish name, and offers to help him discover his Amish roots. While Jonathan discovers his need for home, family, and a relationship with God, Jenny finds more than she hoped for—truth and love and the knowledge that you can go home again. (Amish Romance from P & J Publishing)

Jenny’s Choice (Apple Creek Dreams #3) by Patrick E. Craig -- When Jenny’s husband disappears in a terrible boating accident, she returns home to Apple Creek, Ohio and her adoptive parents. Working through her grief, she pursues newfound writing dreams and is presented with a possible romance with a handsome young publisher, until the elders of her church confront her consideration of going outside her faith to pursue her dreams. At the same a faint hope that her husband might someday be found alive holds her heart in the past. (Amish Romance from P & J Publishing)

Minding the Amish Baby by Carrie Lighte -- Amish store clerk Tessa Fisher isn’t ready for marriage or a family—until a baby girl is abandoned on her doorstep. Now Tessa and her gruffly handsome landlord, Turner King, must mind the baby together. And soon Turner and the sweet-cheeked kind are burrowing into Tessa’s heart. But with secrets between them, can the temporary family find a way to stay together forever? (Amish Romance from P & J Publishing)


Contemporary Romance:

Who I Am with You by Robin Lee Hatcher -- Jessica was pregnant and facing divorce when her husband and daughter were killed in a car accident. Withdrawing from friends and family, she feels far away from God. Then months later she receives her great-grandfather’s Bible at her grandmother’s funeral. Ridley has suffered his own loss. Bitter over disgrace at his job, an ended career, and subsequent breakup with is girlfriend, he retreats to a vacation property owned by his parents to lick his wounds and hide from the press. Thumbing through the Bible later, Jessica journeys through the aged margin notes, back to faith and wholeness. And the broken roads they have followed bring Jessica and Ridley to each other as well. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)


Historical:

Three Christmas Novellas by Mary Connealy -- Three Christmas Novellas in one volume: Long Horn Christmas, The Sweetest Gift and The Christmas Candle. (Historical, Independently Published)

The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller -- Can a runaway marriage ever be redeemed? Julia Hale ran off to be married in Gretna Green, following romance instead of common sense. But her tale isn't turning into a happily ever after. Her new husband is gone and she doesn't know where—or if he's ever coming back. Julia has no option but to head home to the family she betrayed by eloping and to hope they'll forgive her.Along the way she will learn how relationship with God can bring restoration and hope, and find the answers she needs both for her husband and her future. (Historical, Kregel Publications)

Child of Light by Annette O’Hare -- While praying for her own Christmas miracle after five years in a childless marriage, Margaret offers aide to a destitute and expectant young woman during the holidays. She is condemned for her decision to help a woman of ill repute and must face the consequences of doing what is right. Will Margaret's prayers for a child of her own be answered this Christmas or does God have something else in store? (Historical from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])

The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson -- Inspired by a Gripping True Story from World War II’s Daring Doolittle Raid--Japan, 1948: A prostitute seeks her revenge; a war hero finds his true mission. (Historical from Mountain Brook Ink)


Historical Romance:

The MissAdventure Brides Collection by Mary Davis, Cynthia Hickey, Kathleen E. Kovach, Debby Lee, Donna Schlachter, Marjorie Vawter, and Kimberley Woodhouse -- Seven daring damsels refuse to let the cultural norms of their eras hold them back! Follow along as they trek the wilderness as a fur trapper; teach in the backwoods; campaign for women's rights; breed llamas; drive cross-country; become a hotel tour guide; and pursue art. Will they meet men who admire their bravery and determination? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Kiss Me Once Again by Gail Kittleson -- When Glenora Carson’s first love perishes along with the crew of the U.S.S. Arizona on December 7, 1941, she locks away her heart and her dreams of attending college on scholarship, instead choosing to hold down the home front by helping out the family business – Carson’s Garage. The grease-stained overalls don’t do much to compliment her female figure, but they cover her female heart well enough. That is, until Hank Anderson, a wounded warrior back from battle, walks into the garage and into Glenora’s life. Is an old maid’s future Glenora’s fate, or will Cupid throw a wrench in her plans? (Historical Romance from WordCrafts Press)

Stagecoach to Liberty by Janalyn Voigt -- Can a desperate young woman trust the handsome Irish stranger who wants to free her from her captors? (Historical Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Bible and the Supernatural: The Cupbearer and the Baker


 Scripture: Genesis 40:5-22

Background: After Joseph had his two dreams, his brothers’ hatred of him grew so extreme that they planned to murder him. At the last minute, though, they changed their minds and sold him as a slave to Egypt. There Joseph served an Egyptian official until the official’s wife unfairly accused Joseph of rape. So Joseph was thrown into jail. There he eventually met the cupbearer and baker of Pharaoh, imprisoned for making their lord angry. The servants each had a dream, and Joseph ended up interpreting for them.

Observations: Eleven years have passed since Joseph had his own dreams, and since then, he has gone from favored son to Egyptian slave to trusted steward to prisoner to jail supervisor. Hardly the path one would expect to take to reach the lord of one’s brothers. Yet this long, winding, and difficult road has not nullified Joseph’s dreams. Their fulfillment is still coming.

And the cupbearer and the baker are the next piece in that road, providing further insight into the realm of dreams:

1. Dreams are not the exclusive territory of God’s people. Even outsiders can have dreams, some of which may originate from God.

2. Dreams may need interpretation by others. Whereas the meaning of Joseph’s dreams was clear to all around him, both the baker and the cupbearer required outside interpretation. This need for outside interpretation may be necessary for a variety of reasons, but in this case it was especially necessary as neither dreamer knew the true God from whom the dream originated.

3. All true interpretation originates with God. A human agent may be needed to relay the interpretation, a position Joseph fills here, or the interpretation may be clear to the dreamer. Either way, God, as the source of the dream, is also the source of the dream’s meaning, and therefore, the true meaning cannot be discerned apart from Him.

4. Dreams have a variety of uses. God used Joseph’s dreams to get him to Egypt and possibly to provide encouragement through the subsequently difficult years. In other places in Scripture, dreams provide hope, promises, and warnings. Here they are used to establish Joseph’s credibility and honesty. His dark prediction concerning the baker’s future showed that Joseph told the truth—not what people wanted to hear—and the fulfillment of both dreams proved the accuracy of his interpretation. This would eventually earn Joseph an audience with Pharaoh himself.

5. So dreams can predict both good and bad outcomes. Sometimes we think of dreams as pleasant things, or at least something helpful. And often they are. But even more than that, a dream which comes from God is true, because God is a truth teller and cannot lie.

Significance: Whether or not we ever have a supernatural dream, this passage and the surrounding text reminds us of several helpful truths:

Sometimes we Christians become self-righteous, arrogant, and demeaning of non-Christians, because we have a “corner” on truth. In one sense that is true, in that we have the inerrant Word of God—the fully revealed Truth that is above all other truth—and the Holy Spirit to help us understand, apply, and guide us.

But both of these are a gift from God. We did not earn them. We did not buy them. We do not have exclusive rights to them. As a result, God is free to interact, use, employ, and even reveal glimpses of Himself even to those who do not follow Him. We should not dismiss some things only because they come from a non-Christian source—and for that matter, nor should we accept something only because it comes from a “Christian” source.

Likewise, we Christians think we can do everything ourselves—a “God and me alone” attitude. The truth is, sometimes we need help from others and especially help from other Christians, whether interpreting a dream, planning a church function, or caring for a family member.

But at all times, no matter what we are facing, we need to remember that the source of the true answers we need is God. Now He may use a variety of methods to provide those answers—books, stories, friends, even dreams—but real answers come from Him, and as such, we must ultimately square it with the Truth of Scripture.

Finally, most of all, this passage proves that God’s path is often unexpected but true. He is not a man that He should lie. But neither is God required to follow the path we think He should. He may take us on “detours.” He may lead us in a direction that seems opposite of that which we believe we are supposed to go. He may cause events that seem irrelevant, permit delayed outcomes (it would be two years before the cupbearer remembered Joseph!), and use happenings differently than anticipated. But God always keeps His promises—even if it is in the way least expected!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

November 2018 Writing Update


The world of a writer can move at a grindingly slow pace. As a result, I often don’t talk about what I’m up to as a writer because it could soon become tedious: I wrote a chapter. I revised a chapter. I revised the chapter again. I wrote another the chapter and revised it.

But in my attempt to avoid boredom, I may have gone from one extreme to another, never giving anything but the rarest glimpse into my work. So here is a little bit of what I am doing these days:

  • Over the summer I completed a major revision on the book I’ve been working on. Then at the end of September I submitted the manuscript to the publisher of Beast, and now I’m waiting to hear back from them.

  • I have started a new story, possibly the first of a science-fiction trilogy. Thus far I have done some prewriting—non-story writing that allows me to explore the world and characters—and written nine rough-draft chapters. I have no idea whether this story will go anywhere, but right now I’m enjoying the thrill of simply playing with words, worlds, and characters.

  • Beast continues to be available for purchase from a variety of places, including Amazon and my website. With Christmas less than two months away, why not consider purchasing a copy or two for Christmas gifts, exchanges, or giveaways? Of course, if you do purchase from me directly, you can always request I autograph and personalize the book in the “note to seller” portion of the order. (End of shameless plug)

  • I continue to read as well. Lately, I’ve been indulging in classic children’s literature, such as King of the Wind, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and The Wheel on the School. But as always, I have some science-fiction and fantasy mixed in. The newly re-released Shivering World by Kathy Tyers, and book two of Priscilla Shirer’s Prince Warriors are a couple of my recent reads.

  • Finally, I’m looking forward toward homeschool conferences for the spring of 2019. Those plans are still in flex, so keep your eyes open for more information, coming soon!

Monday, November 5, 2018

New Christian Fiction - November 2018

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:


Christmas in Jingle Junction by Tabitha Bouldin -- In the small town of Jingle Junction, Holly Winters owns the local coffee shop, Jolly Java. It's here that she meets Patrick Cooper and promptly throws coffee everywhere. Not only does Patrick not like coffee, he also despises Christmas! It's up to Holly to show Patrick that Christmas is worth giving a second chance, just as Patrick himself deserves a second chance when he is accused of robbing a local convenience store. In a town full of Christmas spirit, lively debates over the best superhero and riding in a sleigh pulled by actual reindeer is just a normal day. Will Holly be able to prove to Patrick that Christmas is more than a holiday that has to be endured? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

A Picture Perfect Christmas by Candee Fick -- Freelance photographers Liz Foster and Ryan Callahan are finally making plans for their future. And what better time to get married than during the festive holiday season that brought them together? If only Liz’s parents weren’t standing in the way of a picture-perfect wedding. Spurred on by the ghosts of Christmases past, Dan Foster has already written Liz out of his will, so even attending the wedding—let alone walking his daughter down the aisle—is out of the question. However, this is the season for miracles and Ryan will do anything to make his bride smile. What will it take to bring this family back together in time for the wedding? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter -- When his secret crush joins a dating website, Jack takes a leap of faith and soon becomes Daisy's online suitor. But when they begin growing closer in real life also, Jack finds himself with an unexpected dilemma. Is Daisy falling for the real Jack or for the online version of himself? And how is she going to respond when she finds out they’re one and the same? (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

A Merry Miracle in Romance by Melanie D. Snitker -- Baxter Reid returns to his hometown of Romance, eager to see his childhood crush. Unfortunately, Savannah hasn’t forgotten all the ways he used to tease her back then. He’s got his work cut out for him if he’s going to get a second chance. Savannah Miller avoids Baxter and the embarrassing childhood memories he evokes…until he apologizes and suggests a truce. Now what is she supposed to do? Only time will tell whether the spirit of Christmas in Romance is enough to transform a grudging relationship into true love. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

I Still Do by Melanie D. Snitker -- What's worse than running into your ex-husband? Becoming snowbound with him and an avalanche of memories you can't escape. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)


Contemporary/Women’s Fiction:


A Southern Season by Eva Marie Everson, Claire Fullerton, Ane Mulligan, and Linda Yezak -- Four seasons. Four stories. Each one set in the enchanting world of the South. These are the kinds of stories your grandmother told you from a front porch swing. (Women’s Fiction from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)


Historical:


Second Chances by Carol Ashby -- A widowed father, still grieving the loss of his wife and child, and a devoted mother, who leaves behind everything she’s ever known to rescue her daughter from the ex-husband who would hurt her, are first drawn together by their love for her little girl, but God has much more for them than either could have imagined. (Historical, Cerrillo Press)


Historical Mystery:


Murder of Convenience by Linda Shenton Matchett -- May 1942: Geneva Alexander flees Philadelphia and joins the USO to escape the engagement her parents have arranged for her, only to wind up as the number one suspect in her betrothed’s murder investigation. Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, she must find the real killer before she loses her sight…or is convicted for a crime she didn’t commit. (Historical Mystery, Independently Published)


Historical Romance:


The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection by Lena Nelson Dooley, Rebecca Jepson, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Candice Sue Patterson, Kathleen Rouser, Pegg Thomas, and Marilyn Turk -- Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of our nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice kept goods and immigrants moving. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 at Great Lakes Lighthouses bring hope to the lonely lighthouse keepers and love to weary hearts. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

A Musket in My Hands by Sandra Merville Hart -- Two sisters have no choice but to disguise themselves as men to muster into the Confederate army in the fall of 1864--just in time for things to go very badly for the Southerners at the Battle of Franklin. (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Uncharted Journey by Keely Brooke Keith -- Young widow Eva Vestal assumes loneliness is God’s permanent plan for her life. She keeps busy by raising her son and co-managing the Inn at Falls Creek with her elderly father, but her heart yearns for more. Solomon “Solo” Cotter has spent his life working with horses, but he secretly wants to write a book of the children’s stories his grandfather told him as a boy. He barters with Eva’s father for a 40-night stay at the inn, a needed respite from work to get his stories on paper. Once Eva discovers the barter, she believes Solo is taking advantage of her father’s failing memory. But when tragedy strikes and Solo works hard to save the inn, Eva sees his true nature. As her heart stirs with feelings for Solo, she wrestles with the guilt of loving someone new. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Snow Angel by Davalynn Spencer -- Lena Carver works as her physician brother’s medical assistant, housekeeper, and cook. Maimed in a childhood accident at Christmas, she believes she is beyond love’s reach—until a dark-eyed cowboy arrives broken, bruised, and bent on changing her mind. Wil Bergman wakes in a stranger’s home with a busted leg and a bullet-creased scalp. Trail-weary, robbed, and penniless, he is at the mercy of a country doctor whose sister’s healing touch has power to stitch up his heart and open his eyes to the impossible. (Historical Romance from Wilson Creek Publishing)


Romantic Suspense:

Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin -- After Nina Fischer is accused of murdering her uncle and adopted father, she must unlock deadly family secrets in order to clear her name and learn to trust love again. (Romantic Suspense from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

North by Starlight by Diane and David Munson -- Attorney Madison Stone hurries to help her client Jordan Star defeat a mysterious relative who claims a share in his inheritance, and during the Christmas season Maddie learns to leave past regrets behind her, embrace the warmhearted people of Starlight, and dig deep to find her true heart. (Romantic Suspense from Micah House Media)

Her Deadly Reunion by Beth Ann Ziarnik -- What will it cost an estranged daughter when she meets her birth father at his home and discovers it's a dangerous place to mix past and present? (Romantic Suspense from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)


Speculative:


Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse -- When the new Lady of Ravenwood inherits her family’s secret gift of dreamwalking, she discovers a dark history. Women in her family have been wielding the gift to preserve her family’s legacy—through assassinations. She’s determined to find the true reason behind the gift, convinced there must be a more noble purpose. But she’s torn about upholding her family's legacy--a legacy that supports her people. What will she do when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations--but who is also prophesied to bring about the downfall of her own house? One path holds glory and power and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and likely death. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen? (High Fantasy from Bethany House [Baker])


Thriller/Suspense:


Stratagem by Robin Caroll -- Psychologist Grayson Thibodeaux creates mind-bending adventure games for businesses as team-building explorations. When his ex-wife’s company hires Grayson’s for their executive retreat, he doesn’t see how things can get worse. Until she dies during the course of the game he created…making him the prime suspect for murder. (Suspense from Barbour Publishing)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Bible and the Supernatural: Joseph’s Dreams


Scripture: Genesis 37:5-11

Background: Jacob settled down in the land of Canaan, but not all was peaceful. As his sons grew, so did the family strife, especially since Jacob loved his second-to-youngest son more than the other eleven. To make matters worse, Jacob had no problem declaring his favoritism of Joseph, giving him a special tunic as a sign of that favor. This made Joseph the least favorite person among his brothers, a hatred that was only deepened when Joseph announced two dreams that showed he would rule over his brothers someday.

Observations: For the first time in this series, we come to what most think of as a “dream” in connection with the supernatural.

There have been other dreams before this point in Scripture, but they have been God speaking with a sleeping person (e.g. Genesis 20:3, 28:12-15). But here we encounter a different kind of dream. Instead of hearing God’s voice, Joseph envisions sheaves and heavenly bodies acting in peculiar ways to communicate a deeper meaning.

Since this is the first occurrence of such an event, it reveals several things about the nature of dreams:

1. God sometimes communicates specific, personal revelation through dreams. In this case, these dreams applied directly to Joseph and his family. The circumstances conveyed by the dreams were fulfilled in their lifetime. While the account of these dreams became a part of Scripture, they were not scriptural revelation, like would happen later with the prophets. That is, we cannot claim Joseph’s dreams as applicable to us. Some dreams are just for that person and his/her immediate circumstances.

2. Some dreams predict future events. Many dreams, of course, are just that—imaginings conjured by the sleeping mind, with no significance. But others do predict things to come, and sometimes God even duplicates the dream to affirm the truth of the first dream, to show such matters are considered irreversibly settled (see Genesis 41:32).

3. Some dreams are allegorical in nature. Sheaves and stars, the sun and the moon--these were not actually bowing to Joseph nor would they ever. They stood in place of something else; they represented Joseph and his family.

4. Despite an allegorical nature, some interpretations are clear. Joseph did not have to tell his brothers what his dreams meant. He did not have to explain to Jacob. In fact, with each dream, the interpretation was so obvious that Joseph’s father and brothers provide it (verses 8 and 10).

5. God-given dreams may not be initially accepted by others, even those more “mature.” Other’s reactions do not determine the veracity of a dream. Indeed, many of these kinds of dreams deal with uncomfortable subjects. So the rejection of what they proclaim should be expected. (As a side note, though, this doesn’t mean the converse is true: Rejection of a dream does not equal proof that a dream is true.)

Significance: God communicates in a variety of ways with people. Allegorical dreams are just one of those methods.

Obviously we need to tread carefully in this area. As I already stated, many (and probably most) “dreams” people experience today carry no grand significance. But this doesn’t mean it never occurs. If God has done this in the past, it is possible He will do it again.

Now if the dream contradicts Scripture, it is not of God. If it contradicts the character, standard, and revealed will of God, it is not of Him. And even if a dream comes from God, that does not place it on the level of Scripture.

But sometimes God wants to provide unique instructions, reveal a future detail, or give a specific assurance which cannot be found precisely in Scripture, and He wants to apply them to a particular person at a definite time. And in those personal circumstances—who knows? God may chose to use a dream, just like with Joseph.