First up on the St John Bosco reading list is Peter Lappin's Stories of Don Bosco. This delightful book is filled with stories selected from the hundreds of anecdotes which fill this remarkable man's life.
These tales trace the life of St John Bosco from his youth to his deathbed and through the events of his life in between. This book brings to life in vivid fashion the development of the flamboyant character and sprit of St John Bosco.
Second recommend reading for the life of this saint is Vision Book's Saint John Bosco and Saint Dominic Savio. This is a must read for all young, energetic readers. It's also perfect for older, more mellow readers.
In Saint John Bosco by Catherine Beebe, John Bosco displays many virtues. He is kind, as a child to his older brother, and as a priest to many homeless boys. John Bosco is also portrayed as being very determined. Whatever he begins, he is sure to finish.
He trusts in God and Our Lady, too. If ever a hardship comes his way, John Bosco is always ready to turn to God in prayer.
As a young shepherd boy, he is kind to his older brother, Anthony. Although Anthony is not kind to him, John Bosco exchanges kind words for the cruel ones he receives.
As a priest, John Bosco is kind to his boys. While he is collecting a group of rough boys, John Bosco is also teaching them through his kind words and good example.
Even as a child and a young acrobat, John Bosco tries to win souls for Christ. All who want to see his tricks have to pray a decade of the rosary with him. In this way, John Bosco brings some souls back to the Church.
As a young founder, John Bosco keeps his boys’ club together. This is not very easy, since some of his boys become discouraged. John Bosco’s strong determination keeps them together. Had not John Bosco been so determined, it is not likely that his work would have been so successful.
everything that John Bosco does, he trusts in God and His Most Blessed
Mother, Mary. When he is having trouble with his schooling expenses,
John trusts in God and prays to Him. Soon after, John Bosco is able to
buy his supplies with goods from his farm.
When he is a grown man and a
priest, John Bosco discovers that he needs a building for his boys’
school. He prays to Mary and encourages his boys to do likewise. Not
long after, they find a place that they are able to rent for an entire
year at a low price. Through all his troubles, John Bosco trusts in God
and Our Lady.