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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bravo Ltd; New edition edition (2 July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006067055X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060670559
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First published twenty years ago, this revised edition of John Sanford's classic exploration of the psychological and spiritual significance of dream draws on the work of C. G. Jung to show how dreams can help us find healing and wholeness and reconnect us to a living spiritual world. Featuring a new preface by the author and using case histories from his own experience as a counselor, 'Dreams' traces the role of dreams in the Bible, analyzing their nature and examining how Christians, through fear and the constraints of dogma, have come to reject the visions through which God speaks to humanity, making dreams--in Sanford's words--'God's forgotten language.'

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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This has been an important book for me, namely in that it has shown me the importance of understanding one's dreams in order to understand one's self. It is as a result of reading this book that I now pay more attention to my dreams, and am able to discern some common threads within them. As a result, I feel that I moving towards psychological wholeness, though it's still early days yet! Readers will also benefit from the author's clear, accessible style. As someone who has read a lot of theology books, I was perhaps sceptical that there could be a synthesis between the Bible and dream psychology that wasn't eccentric to say the least. However, I found Sanford's analysis to be informed, consistent, and fluent with biblical scholarship. He convinced me at least! Read it if you want to begin to understand what's going on in your head!
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I had recently gone on a weekend workshop about dreams in the Christian context & this book was recommended. It is very interesting & a good source of information written in a way that`s easy to understand. There`s a very handy reference section at the back so it`s easy to look things up if you want to go back to them. Very good. Glad I bought it.
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This book show the basis for you to understand dreams. It draws on the writing of C J Yung and explores concepts which might at firs seem alien to the reader.
All I can say is to keep reading and if you want to know more perhaps progress to
Yung himelf.
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HASH(0x959584f8) out of 5 stars Very thorough 17 Mar. 2008
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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.
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x957cf51c) out of 5 stars This book gave me the power that I never knew I had within.. 5 Jun. 2000
By gideonscall - Published on
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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!
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9579f45c) out of 5 stars good read 21 Feb. 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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x935cfce4) out of 5 stars Beautiful and thoughtful book for ALL people- not just God-people :) 9 Feb. 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.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95e32834) out of 5 stars Good Premise Behind This Book 29 Jun. 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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