The Life of St. Joseph as Seen by the Mystics

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Saint Joseph stands close to Jesus and Mary at the heart of the gospel story. Yet he remains largely in the background, silent and steady. Not surprisingly, Christians throughout the ages have pondered deeply this mystery that is Joseph.

Many have speculated about the unknown details of his life, and several mystics were granted visions that portrayed the hidden days—both the ordinary and the extraordinary—of Our Lord’s appointed guardian vividly and profoundly. The Life of Saint Joseph as Seen by the Mystics weaves together into a single narrative numerous episodes from five such visionaries: Saint Bridget of Sweden, Servant of God Marina de Escobar, Venerable Mary of Ágreda, Venerable Maria Cecilia Baij, and Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich.

The Church insists that such private revelations cannot be viewed as another Gospel, nor even as accurate historical accounts or theological treatises. Instead, they provide a kind of sacred drama, full of spiritual insight and devotional power. In this fascinating story—which reads more like a novel than a history book—you’ll journey alongside Saint Joseph as he:

  • Matures from childhood to manhood in preparation for his unique mission
  • Responds with courage and wisdom to the startling revelations he receives in dreams
  • Protects and cares for his Family during their journey to Bethehem and their sojourn in Egypt
  • Labors daily to provide for his household during the “hidden years” in Nazareth
  • Suffers heroically in his final years, dying peacefully in the arms of Jesus and Mary

This work serves as a companion to The Life of Mary as Seen by the Mystics, compiled by Raphael Brown (TAN Books, 1991). Together, the two books offer a compelling vision of the Holy Family that can deepen and transform your devotion to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

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Compiled By:
Paul Thigpen, PhD
TAN Books

17 Reviews

  • 5
    The Life of St Joseph as seen by the Mystics

    Posted by Ellen on Nov 9th 2023

    Excellent work - highly recommended - a splendid aid to knowing St Joseph better, as well as Our Lor…

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  • 5
    The Life of Saint Joseph

    Posted by Unknown on Oct 25th 2023

    This is a splendid book. St. Joseph is my favorite saint and this collection of the writings of the…

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  • 5
    WOW! Learned so Much.

    Posted by April on Jul 19th 2023

    It has been my goal to learn more about Saint Joseph. As the foster father of Jesus, we know what a …

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  • 5
    The Life of St. Joseph as Seen by the Mystics

    Posted by Michael F. on May 24th 2023

    Paul Thigpen has done a beautiful job of weaving the narrative of Joseph;s life (and the Holy Family…

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  • 5
    If you love St. Joseph, you must read this book!

    Posted by Rubi on May 24th 2023

    Absolutely mesmerizing, I loved this book. St. Joseph is my patron and my adoptive Father, he;s neve…

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  • 5
    Re-readable book

    Posted by Chris on May 24th 2023

    Absolutely wonderful book that enlightened me to the rich mysteries surrounding the second most impo…

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  • 5
    My husband and I are

    Posted by JANINE B. on Mar 21st 2023

    My husband and I are enjoying reading this book, at times together, and sometimes on our own. We gif…

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  • 5
    This book was so good.

    Posted by DIANE K. on Mar 20th 2023

    This book was so good. I had trouble putting it down. I wanted to read it in one sitting, but I had …

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  • 5
    Short book. A quick read.

    Posted by DEBORAH T. on Mar 20th 2023

    Short book. A quick read. Very tender and sweet portrait of St Joseph and the Holy Family. The insig…

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