Books and Selected Writings by G. Scott Sparrow

Selected Writings


Lucid Dreaming: Dawning of the Clear Light
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by G. Scott Sparrow
The original 1976 classic that was the first book on lucid dreaming published in North America!

This is no longer available as a dowload. It will be republished in late 2024 or early 2025 by DreamStudies Press.


Healing the Fisher King: A Fly Fisher's Grail Quest

BlueMantle, 2023
Kindle Version $9.99

In the tradition of A River Runs Through It, the book, Healing the Fisher King: A Fly Fisher's Grail Quest, is the story of one man's journey to the familiar waters of his childhood -- the Lower Laguna Madre of deep south Texas. Lured by a desire to catch a giant spotted seatrout -- but directed by a dream that points to his home waters as the setting for healing and transformation -- Sparrow takes his eight-year-old son on a journey from Virginia to south Texas that proves more difficult than he imagines. He discovers that the unresolved pain in his life -- stemming, in part, from his parents' divorce and now his own -- is also alive in his son.
As they spend the first days fishing together, Sparrow and his son spiral into a dark place that is confusing and disturbing. The author draws upon the legend of the Fisher King and the Holy Grail in order to arrive at a way to address his son's needs, as well as his own. As he begins his fly fishing search for the mysterious fish so aptly named named cynoscion nebulosis -- "starry nebulae" -- he soon discovers that his quest for a great fish mirrors his lifelong yearning for communion with God. He is led throughout by radiant dreams, his knowledge of spiritual traditions, and a willingness to face his own past with ruthless honesty. Against a backdrop largely failed fly fishing experiences, Sparrow makes progress toward understanding his lifelong resistance to living from his heart. This resistance sets the stage for an eventual encounter with death through the agency of a stingray's painful wound. Becoming infected with vibrio vulnificus, a deadly bacteria, he eventually realizes that he has a choice -- to live fully, or to die.

"There's something about life that wants us to give it our all. Dr. Scott Sparrow's heart-expanding book, destined to become a classic among spiritual autobiographies, shows us how both tragedies and miracles arise in life to make sure we fulfill our responsibility to be all we can be." Henry Reed, Ph.D. Author of Dream Medicine


I Am with You Always

BlueMantle, 2023

Kindle Version — $9.99

Hardcopy will be available again soon!

Previous Endorsements/Reviews:

From Version published under Ave Maria Press as
Sacred Encounters with Jesus
Nihil Obstat -- Rev. Glen Gardner, J.C.D., Censor Librorum
Imprimatur -- Most Rev. Charles V. Grahmann, Bishop of Dallas

Version published by Bantam as
I Am with You Always, 1994:
I Am with You Always is a discerning and comprehensive account of how people still experience Christ today. What is surprising to me is that no one has previously taken the trouble to collect and explain the meaning of these experiences. This facinating book conveys a wealth of both religious and psychological wisdom." Foreword, Morton Kelsey

"In this book, Dr Sparrow presents a variety of remarkable experiences in which individuals believe that Christ came to them in waking visions or deep, unforgettable dreams. Taken together, these experiences raise the possibility that some people will readily accept and others will summarily dismiss -- that Jesus can be experienced as directly and as personally today as when he walked the earth two thousand years ago."


Blessed Among Women
BlueMantle, 2023

Kindle Version: $9.99

Previous Endorsements/Reviews:

Version published under Ave Maria Press as
Sacred Encounters with Mary
Nihil Obstat -- Rev. Glen Gardner, J.C.D., Censor Librorum
Imprimatur -- Most Rev. Charles V. Grahmann, Bishop of Dallas

Version published by Crown Books as
Blessed Among Women, 1997:

"Mary brings to us an awareness that we desperately need -- a nourishing spirit of self-sacrificing love. If embraced more widely it might help reverse the tide of hatred and bloodshed spilling into many regions of the world today. The major apparitions of Mary always precede or coincide with regional or worldwide upheavals. As Janice Connell has said, 'When the Blessed Mother appears, great things happen on earth and in heaven.'

"Dr. Sparrow recounts experiences in which individuals have felt the presence of Mary either through light, visions, voices, or simply an overwhelming feeling of love. He suggests that by appreciating the various forms in which the Blessed Mother manifests to us, we may enter more deeply into a personal relationship with God.

Venture Inward: "Sparrow has made Mary accessible in a way she has never been before. He also articulates a synthesis of spirituality, psychology, and metaphysics which is rather profound and reminiscent of both Jack Kornfield's
A Path with a Heart and William James's The Varieties of Religious Experience.

"This book keeps unfolding and deepening, like a loving relationship which is cultivated over time. It is obviously the fruit of the author's earnest and intelligent search for God."

Booklist: "As a non-Catholic, Sparrow did not find the search an easy one, but the power and kindliness he encountered at last made a believer of him -- if not in a specific religious tradition, at least in the reality of the feminine force called Mary."

Library Journal: "... Sparrow, a psychotherapist…retells the stories of some 50 encounters with Mary by other people. He interprets these messages as challenges that lead toward conversion on a personal level and provide comfort.... Recommended for public libraries."

Publishers Weekly: "Sparrow, a psychologist, takes a personal approach to understanding the importance of Mary in the lives of Christians today. His own visions of Mary led him to collect and interpret over 50 accounts of encounters with the Holy Mother.... Sparrow (
I Am with You Always: True Stories of Encounters with Jesus) has written another provocative book that will appeal to many pilgrims on their spiritual journeys."


The Blue Ornament

BlueMantle, 2023

Kindle Version $9.99

"The inspiration for
The Blue Ornament came to me a few days before Christmas. I had awakened around 5:00 a.m.and was stitting on the side of the bed when suddenly, an idea came to me out of nowhere, as though it was someone else's thought. I clearly heard the words, 'The perfect gift.' In the moments that followed, an amazing story unfolded without any assistance from me, and I marveled at its simple beauty." -- Scott Sparrow
The Blue Ornament is the story of nine-year-old Andrew MacClean, who awakens in the middle of the night to the sound of someone singing. When he goes downstairs to investigate, he discovers a boy about his own age near the Christmas tree. Alarmed at first by the presence of an intruder, Andrew soon finds that the boy's kindness affects him in a wonderful way. The stranger finally says that he must leave, but reassures Andrew that he will return when Andrew has given the perfect gift! Andrew sets about to fulfill the strange request in hopes that his success will insure his new friend's return.
Andrew's search brings him closer to understanding each of his family members' deepest hopes and dreams as they give him some idea about what a perfect gift would mean to them. On the basis of what they tell him, Andrew is able to accomplish the mysterious boy's request, thus setting the stage for the stranger's return.

The Blue Ornament is a magical, mystical visit Into the dreamy world of a sensitive child, and also a reminder of what is truly important. By story's end the reader, whether child or adult, will feel that he/she has also learned some valuable lessons of the heart." Ruth White, author of the 1997 Newbery honor book, Belle Prater's Boy,
and its sequel
The Search for Belle Prater