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

14 Reviews

  • 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) into an easily readable work. This was a Christmas present to my daughter and me, with the intent to read it to each other aloud. We have had some good discussions. I greatly appreciate the brief biographies and background of the five mystics in the introduction. It has no footnotes or endnotes - which at times can get monotonous in other works. Thank you, Mr. Thigpen!

  • 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 never denied anything I ask of him. Thank to Mr. Thighpen, may Jesus/Blessed Mary and Joseph bless you for this beautiful book.

  • 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 important figure in Christs life. Its a quick and fluid read thats very enjoyable. Would recommend to just about anyone. Plan on re-reading this at some time.

  • 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 gifted this book to our three adult children at Easter and we trust the Holy Spirit to expand their minds and hearts to welcome St. Joseph more intimately into their hearts and minds, so that with his help, they will learn to better love our Lady and our Savior.

  • 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 insights into the possibilities of St. Joseph greatly aid contemplation of this important saint.

  • 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 housework to do.

  • 5
    A great collection of visionaries

    Posted by Marya F. on Mar 19th 2023

    I write a lot of these accounts from the visionaries but there is one new one for me to discover. The best part for me is that their words are all here together. I order it at first because I heard an interview with Mr.Thigpen.

  • 5
    great book

    Posted by EDWARD L. on Mar 17th 2023

    great book

  • 5
    Wow! Paul Thigpen brings St.

    Posted by PATRICIA H. on Feb 27th 2023

    Wow! Paul Thigpen brings St. Joseph and the Holy Family to life in a way I had never previously perceived. Yet, most profound was the impact on my marital relation, as I realized Mary and Joseph truly and timelessly model marriage and family life for us all. I fell in love with them and my husband all over again.

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