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There are many training materials and courses available to help us understand our dreams. So how do we know which ones are helpful?
I am an ‘eternal student’ and I love reading books and listening to teaching, On this page I have included links to some teaching relating to dreams which I have tried myself and found helpful. In my humble opinion these ones are good bible-based ministries.
This is not an exhaustive list, just the ones I know about. I will continue to add new links as I come across them.
DREAM INTERPRETATION TRAINING
Streams Ministries international. Streams ministries was founded by the late John Paul Jackson, who was a gifted prophet and dream interpreter. I have found their courses to be excellent, particularly The Art of Hearing God, and Understanding Dreams and Visions. These were foundational to my understanding of dreams.
If you’re looking for a book, then ‘Top 20 Dreams’ is a good bet. Not only does it explain the meaning of many of the most common dreams, but I also found the examples to be invaluable in terms of how to work that knowledge into a helpful and positive interpretation
Streams UK. Tony and Dwee Cooke head up the UK arm, and run an excellent course called Making Sense of Your Dreams which is now available online. They use the biblical model of dream interpretation. If you subscribe to The Dream Academy you have the opportunity to take this course, plus share dreams and practice interpreting them.
Streams ministries YouTube channel has many helpful videos from John Thomas about dream interpretation, dream symbols and much more. There are also archives of teaching from John Paul Jackson.
Michael B. French
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Michael B. French. He gives a brief overview of dreams throughout church history, and also in culture. But I think the primary treasure to be found here is that he gives many examples of dreams, their interpretation, and how they impacted the lives of the people who had them. This is the main content of the book.
Check out his website at mydreamstories.com, where he has useful information about dream interpretation. He also has a blog and podcast which I think is worth following (I follow on Facebook). The links to all these are on the website.
InLight Connection has useful articles and teaching materials about dreams, hearing God and the prophetic. Doug Addison has an online course on dreams which I haven’t tried yet.
However I found his book ‘Understand Your Dreams Now: Spiritual Dream Interpretation’ to be a very useful quick and comprehensive introduction to dream interpretation, and he has a good section on dreams in children.
Communion with God Ministries
Communion with God ministries is headed up by Mark and Patti Virkler. Their teaching on hearing God’s voice is some of the best I have ever come across.
In particular I recommend ‘4 keys to Hearing God’s voice’, which teaches how to hear God through two way journaling. I have used this tool to journal through my dreams with God (as well as in my general prayer life) and it has helped me greatly.
They have some useful online teaching material too. Occasionally they offer one of their online courses free for a short period of time, and I have found it worth subscribing to their mailing list for that reason at least.
Charity Kayembe has co-written this book, ‘Hearing God Through your Dreams’ with Mark Virkler. I think it is excellent, as is her online teaching series on dreams. She explains everything very clearly.
This is my most used reference book relating to the symbolic meaning of people who appear in dreams. It is essentially a list of many names with their meanings. It also contains a suggested spiritual connotation and bible verse for each one.
Many times I have found that God will use the meaning in this book to convey a message to me in a dream. I have it on Kindle so it’s always with me.
You have to be fairly keen to read this one, but it is worth it if you are interested in numbers in dreams, and why we say numbers mean what they do from a biblical perspective. Although originally written in the late 1800s, this book is still the foundation for our understanding.
Bullinger includes lots of numbers and describes their significance. He gives many relevant bible references too. I read this when I was first learning about dream interpretation, and I still sometimes refer back to it for inspiration if I get stuck.
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You could also follow my collection of dream interpretation books and resources on Pinterest, which I update regularly as I find new ones and save to my resources board. There are many more saved on my Pinterest board than are on this page.
Please note: I have either heard of these authors or had a look at their website to check out their frame of reference before saving the link, but I’ve not read them all personally. If you have read any of them, feel free to comment.
Watch this space for more useful links!
Feel free to contact me if you have found a useful resource. I will take a look, and if I find it helpful I will add it to the list here.
- Understand your dreams: A bible-based introduction to dream language
- The naked truth about dream interpretation – for Christians
- Dream symbols: The colour purple and what it means
- How to spiritually prepare for dreaming – with bible verses and bedtime affirmations
- Dream interpretation and the bible: General wisdom vs specific wisdom