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Lanola Kathleen Stone
Whitney Johnson, author of "Dare, Dream, Do."

"DARE, DREAM, DO: Remarkable Things Happen when you Dare to Dream," by Whitney Johnson, Bibliomotion, $24.95, 250 pages (nf)

In her book "Dare, Dream, Do," freshly cast author Whitney Johnson dares women to stretch beyond the ordinary and reach for their own incredible dreams.

After achieving her own dreams by serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, working her way up the rungs on Wall Street to become a successful investment banker and building a beautiful family, Johnson decided she wanted to share what she had learned with others.

She found that the world is littered with capable, intelligent women but was saddened to discover that many of those women don't have dreams for their own lives and some even feel shackled to their familiar routines.

Johnson made it her goal to change that.

In her book, Johnson takes readers on a journey to discover why dreaming is important, what their own dreams really are and how those dreams can be attained.

Through personal insights, the guidance of experts and the experiences of more than 40 other successful women, Johnson has crafted a book aimed at inspiring readers and helping them plunge into the world of dreams. Whether those aspirations are within the business realm, the community or inside the home, Johnson dares readers to look beyond the everyday and strive for their dearest dreams.

The book is insightful and well thought out. Readers can wade easily into Johnson's words of encouragement and simple guidance without feeling overwhelmed or overstretched.

Johnson also shares inspiring stories of women who have had varying degrees of success but who have all dared to follow their dreams in one way or another. Because there are so many outside stories, Johnson's narrative feels tepid and somewhat disjointed in places, but those moments are few and the overall stimulating tone of the book is still very strong.

Johnson does focus many of her thoughts on balancing a career and a family. She recognizes that many women dream outside their home, but she reassures women that dreaming as a wife and mother is just as important as dreaming in the corporate world.

While the book is aimed primarily at women, it is stocked with ideas that easily cross the gender line. Johnson challenges readers to discover the dreams that will truly lead them to happiness — whatever those dreams may be — and then charge forward to claim them.

Johnson continues the conversation on dreaming on her website whitneyjohnson.com.

Melissa DeMoux is a stay-at-home mother of six young children who lives in West Valley City. Her email is mddemoux@gmail.com and she blogs about her adventures in motherhood at demouxfamily.blogspot.com.

If you go ...

What: Whitney Johnson book signing

When: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Web: kingsenglish.com