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<div>St. John Bosco was born in 1815 at Becchi, Italy. Prompted by the dreams of his youth to bring others toward virtue and away from vice, John eventually became a priest and began taking in orphans at a rented shed in 1846. Famous for his dedication to the well-being of street children, juvenile delinquents, and youth at a disadvantage, he believed in teaching through love rather than by punishment. Before his death on the thirty-first of January, 1888, he founded the Salesian Order and also composed a life of St. Joseph Cafasso. John Bosco was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934, and his feast day is celebrated on January 31st.
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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books; New edition edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895555972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895555977
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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This book is a collection of forty of Saint John Bosco's dreams. Each entry is several pages long captures in vivid detail the experience of this saint as he dreamt. These entries demonstrate the remarkable insight that John Bosco had into the depths of his own soul and the souls of those around him. He often used these striking personal and prophetic dreams to instruct and guide his students and colleagues. It is as if he could read the consciences of others through his dreams. This book gives the reader a glimpse into the life of a truly remarkable man.
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This book compiles dreams from Saint John Bosco's memoirs, which makes it easier to read than the memoirs themselves. I especially enjoyed, Deadly Nooses, A Fiendish Elephant, Death's Messenger, The Snake and the Rosary, to Hell and Back, and Two Columns in the Sea. This is a good starter book for anyone interested in the dreams of SJB. His dream imagery is out of this world.
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The forty dreams are revelations given to Don Bosco through his dreams. A few are revelations about Don Bosco and the immediate and distant future of his missions. Most of the other dreams are visions given to St. John Bosco regarding the spiritual state of his pupils. The last dream concerns the future of the Church.

Far from being a boring read about the sins of people I never met or something that wouldn't apply to me, this book has helped me to understand why my life is the way it is. I wish I had had a mentor like St. John Bosco when I was a kid- or at least this book.

With movies like The Exorcist the reality of demons is somewhat now common knowledge. Indeed, if demons were visible, this world would be an even better place. Now, through Don Bosco's visions we get a chance to see what these devils are up to, and the kind of tactics they employ.

So because Don Bosco's visions to help individual pupils with their particular spiritual struggles are now published, we too have access to the heavenly remedies they enjoyed. The forty dreams are a legacy of God's prescription for defeating vice and the devil and for fixing spiritual defects through the means Christ left for us.

I super-recommend this book to any catechist, parent or religious. It is a must!!!
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One of many TAN Titles hailed by Mother Angelica. These fascinating dreams involve prophecy and reading of hearts, with powerful spiritual message. Includes: To Hell and Back, Two Boys Attacked by a Monster, The Snake and the Rosary, and many more. These dreams led to many conversions and will instruct, admonish and inspire today.
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I am thankful for this book. I read it some time ago & am ordering it to keep for reference. It has helped me to guide our boys by way of virtue. Mary was always helping St. Bosco to lead his oratory boys in the way they should go (through his dreams) & therefore has also helped myself & many others to parent properly.
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By Devotee on November 30, 2009
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This book revealed to me another side of Saint Don Bosco. My eyes were opened as I read about the dreams and visions he had received. "Nightime is god's messenger". An eye opening must read for everyone.
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This is a great read for those who like to share the religious experiences of others to enhance one's own faith. For those who believe, there is always a keen interest in the supernatural especially when the experiences are well beyond normal life happenings and what can easily be explained. Because the "writing" is a hundred years old (St. John lived in the late 1800's), there is also the tendency to dismiss the recordings as a pious legend. It fits with how much we think about ourselves today being so superior in knowledge, etc. than the person of yesteryear! Give me a break. Those of us with supernatural experiences today are tomorrow's nut cases for the unbeliever. Treat yourself to the read. Allow the stories to transform you and increase your faith in God and in the promise of eternal life.
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This is a wonderful book. To truly appreciate it I would suggest that a person go on-line and read a little something about Don Bosco first. He did a lot of good in his life. He took care of and helped hundreds of homeless boys. God was truly with him. For instance, a dog who he and the boys named, Grigio, would appear out of no where to help Don Bosco whenever he needed protection. This book is about the prophetic dreams that guided his life. I learned a lot of amazing things that helped me by reading about them. Even though all of his "dreams" happened at night during his sleep, there are a few times where it is clear that he actually went to heaven and to hell in spirit. Those stories in particular, and what they teach us, are alone worth the price of this book. By the way, Don Bosco is now a Saint and his body is incorrupt (it has never decayed).
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