“Dreamality” by Shawn Bosi, 41, of Homer Glen, is not a typical devotional.
Between its pages, Bosi recounts frank stories of the successes and failures of his business, love relationships, the mafia, living in Homer Glen and Hawaii, health woes and serving prison time.
And Bosi tells those stories in prose that merges dreamlike imagery with fact.
Yet, amidst all the unusual anecdotes and experiences that Bosi believes are signs from heaven, he makes one point clear: that he believes angels are real guiding spirits and that God sets the path for everyone’s lives according to certain principles.
“Truth, honor, valor, courage,” Bosi said. “These depict human beings the way God, I believe, made us to be.”
Bosi knew he wasn’t living according to God’s plan for his life. His spiritual awakening began when an ex-girlfriend – who is alive – appeared to him in a vision as an angel and delivered a firm kick below Bosi’s belt. It made Bosi reflect on what God wanted from him.
“It was a blessing,” Bosi said. “It made me want to write about it.”
Bosi feels many people today are confused about where to find permanent joy and satisfaction. He hopes readers, once they read about his experiences, will feel empowered to make lasting changes in their lives, too.
He likens the 21st century to Noah’s time and is glad God promised, with a rainbow, to never again flood the earth. To support his viewpoint, Bosi points to the high rates of unemployment, foreclosure and divorce; the polluted Earth; and the many children growing up in single-parent homes.
“Everyone wants happiness,” Bosi said, “but we’re going about it backwards.”
As Bosi released attitudes and people in his life that hindered developing a strong relationship with God, he realized that God would not abandon him in his new beliefs; rather, God would provide new attitudes and companions for the journey.
Moreover, Bosi began resisting temptation.
“When you’ve found Christ, you’ll learn to say, ‘I don’t feel that way
anymore,’ ” Bosi wrote in “Dreamality.”
Because Bosi had never written a book, he asked God to guide each word. Eventually, Bosi would like to see “Dreamality” change American culture. Anyone who wants “true freedom” should read it, he said.
“The world is Goliath,” Bosi said. “This book is my slingshot against the world.”
Some of Bosi’s the spiritual insights Bosi wrote in “Dreamality” include:
• “I must learn to do things at the pace set by the Lord.”
• “It appears people who do not fear God have a greater ability to walk through this life with no conscience.”
• “My direction was very clear. My director was God.”
• “I found that a bit of prayer or just anything religious used in my day helps me. I try so hard to follow the ways of the Lord. I guess being a sinner is common and I am not alone.”
• “I went on asking, ‘What is this all about? What am I to learn from this experience?”
• “Who do you believe you are? You are a child of Christ and you behave as such. It is up to you to make that choice and act as his child.”
• “We are made to love our neighbors as ourselves. We have been given many great examples along the way, too.”
“Dreamality” is available at bookstore.balboapress.com