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From the Publisher

"Clear, helpful, and original . . . illustrates the healing relevance of dream material. . . . The most valuable contribution is Mr. Stanford's treatment of dreams and visions in the Bible."--Library Journal

About the Author

John A. Sanford, a Jungian analyst and Episcopal priest, is the authorof The Kingdom Within, Invisible Partners, Healing and Wholeness,Dreams and Healing, Evil: The Shadow of Reality, What Men Are Like,and The Strange Trial of Mr Hyde. He lives I in San Diego, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (March 8, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006067055X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060670559
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By LindaT VINE VOICE on March 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been intrigued by dreams for a long time. Growing up in the home of a Christian minister, I've spent my whole life hearing and reading about dreams in the Bible. Many times I've wondered about my own dreams. I'd like to be able to interpret them and/or find someone who can do it. And to be honest, I would love to have the "gift" of dream interpretation.

This book is written by a Jungian analyst and Episcopal priest and I learned a lot about dreams through reading it. It is written from a basically Christian viewpoint - that God spoke through dreams. And, Sanford asserts, He still does. Sanford draws heavily on Jungian views on dream interpretation.

In his introduction he does a careful definition of these terms:

1. Ego - the conscious part of our personality.

2. Unconscious - all those parts of our personality which we do not know. He prefers this term to SUBconscious, as he states that the unconscious can be as much above the ego as below it.

3. Psyche - the entire personality, including the ego and the unconscious.

4. Psychic - the inner energy or activity of the psyche.

He does not refer to these in a spiritualist sense.

He divides the book into two parts, neither of which has a specific name. He deals with the nature and structure of dreams and how they relate to the Christian life. He gives many examples of dreams in the book, and by the time you finish, you will understand dreams much better than before.

I appreciate his emphasizing that you can't put dream interpretation into a box - each person's situation has to be considered as unique.

I still cannot interpret my dreams. But I've learned to appreciate them even more, and who knows? Maybe some day either I will get the insight to interpret them or find someone who can.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By gideonscall on June 5, 2000
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During the course of reading this book, it gave me a sense of the power that I never realized existed. I learned to use my dreams for God to talk to communicate with me about so many areas of my life that I seemed to avoid and fear. In addition, in my dreams, it was there that I learned to face my fears and reall see the shadows of who I really am as my TRUE self. If you are ready to learn about the person that you are TRULY, then READ THIS BOOK!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "markbinsf" on February 20, 2001
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Dreams is a very good read. I found it concise and informative. I like Sanford's style and tone -- instructive and direct. His simple and direct explanations of Jungian pyschology are excellent -- all wheat, no chaff. Sanford does an excellent job of relating biblical quotes and stories to dream pyschology. Very practical and immediately useful for my own dream analysis.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fergus Beley on February 9, 2010
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I loved this book. Reading it made me want to speak with this man to pick his brain, so I am sad that he passed away in 2005... not that I would have ever met him, but I like the fact that reading his book made me want to :)

I was looking for a different perspective on the fascinating subject of dreams- as opposed to the typical and impersonal symbol dictionaries, which are interesting, but mostly useless as dreams are unique to each individual.

This was written by a thoughtful, spiritual man who does not preach or condescend and so it seems that he was a Christian is the truest sense of the word :) This book moved me deeply and I would recommend it to anyone interested in studying dreams. Mercifully, John Sanford is no blind Bible-thumper.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2000
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As a society we are quick to look inward to analyze our dreams when in actuality we should look outward. The premise behind this book is excellent. The material, however, is a tad dry and tough to get through. If you can finish this book, you will feel truly enlightened to yourself and God's voice within you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hope on March 30, 2010
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One of my favorite books I have been assigned for a class (though we only used the dreams section)- and probably one of the few that I actually picked up to read again after graduation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Smiley on November 3, 2013
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Excellent book written with examples of dreams interpreted so that the reader has insights into his/her dreams. I would strongly recommend this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martha H. Pechauer on October 19, 2009
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I read the book years ago and it has become one I have referred to many. However, being out of print, I could not find a copy in any local bookstore or catalogue. One search in Amazon not only located the book, but gave me several options as to price and supplier. Delivery was a bit slow, but now I have the book and look forward to sharing it with my daughter as a birthday gift.
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