Dream on: Connecting the Heart of Dreamers and Visionaries
Author: Romulo Nayacalevu
Publisher: Holy Fire Publisher
Publishing Date: 2018
£6.95 Kindle edition
Nayacalevu is a dreamer desperate to find other dreamers who can connect with visionaries (mentors) to fulfil their life purpose. By his own admission, he has the audacity to follow through with each of his dreams even as far as writing this book although he lacked the literary ‘cred’. Yet what he calls audacity I carefully label as action because what he has done is follow through with each dream he has had.
He has the perfect credentials to write a book aimed at young Fijian Christians. With a law degree from USP and postgrad qualifications (LLM from ANU & MA from USP), he is now the Manager Governance of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. He continued his spiritual calling as vice chairman of Scripture Union, Pacific Students for Christ, Save the Children Fiji, SPC RRT and member of the Fiji Environment Law Association.
This book speaks to my spirit and it will speak to yours as well. However, this is where I will put my critique at also, that dreamers who are on the periphery of the church or reaffirming their belief may not identify with the book. So how do we include the unconverted? How do we reach the dreamers who have fallen through the cracks? As I asked these questions I came across the answer by the author himself when he writes, “How big are your dreams? They will decide your influence” (Pg. 274)
And this is what this book does, it challenges readers to fulfil our purpose because Nayacalevu has shown amidst the imperfections of this book that ordinary people like you and I have an influential role to play. All we need to do is act on our dreams like he has. It reminds me of the dialogue between the crystal merchant and the boy shepherd in The Alchemist when the old man faces the dreams he had given up on saying,
“But you are forcing me to look at wealth and at horizons I have never known. Now that I see them, and now that I see how immense my possibilities are, I am going to feel worse than I did before you arrived. Because I know the things I should accomplish, and I don’t want to do so”.
So, this book will have the same effect the Shepard had on the crystal merchant. Nayacalevu shows us the possibilities of working towards our dream and we have the choice to act or not. Like the prophet Elijah who asks the widow “What do you have in your house?”; people like Nayacalevu show the immense possibilities of finding your purpose by acting on what you already have.
I recommend this book to all Fijian dreamers to realise their full potential and show a fellow dreamer our support. At the end of the book I have no doubt that each of us will leave thinking- So now that we know what we can accomplish, do we want to?