Visions for Everyday Christians


How to have and handle them

Anglican priest, lawyer and hobbyist photographer James Coleman became a Christian in 2002, having previously been an atheist. In this succinct and insightful book he draws on Scripture, modern texts on faith, and real-life examples to present an engaging description of how to hear from God in visions. Stories of the visions experienced by historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr and Hildegard of Bingen are explored alongside those of regular people we meet every day, reminding us of how widespread, nuanced and thought-provoking this discussion is. A meticulously researched and unique first book. 

James Coleman

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James Coleman

About the Author

James Coleman is an Anglican priest. He and his wife Julia, lead St Mary's church in Silverstream, Upper Hutt. They have two sons, Jacob and Sam.

James became a Christian in May 2002 on an Alpha course. Previously he had been an atheist. The only reason he even went to the Alpha course was because Julia said, "If you love me you would sit through the course".

He managed to miss the first session but was there for the second, which was on the evidence for Jesus' claim to be God. Part of the course was a weekend away, which only James could go to because there were babysitting issues and it was decided that he was further behind in terms of getting this God thing.

A time was offered during that weekend when the people on the course could be prayed for. James remembers realising that he had to make a choice. He felt that there was a cross roads ahead of him and he needed to decide whether to opt into a relationship with Jesus or not. It was as if this was the only time this choice would be there. He opted into a relationship with Christ.

At the time he had an intense encounter with God and was overcome with a feeling of being loved. He collapsed into an easy chair and was there for about an hour feeling the presence and love of God. On the way home that evening it was as if he had new glasses. Colours were brighter and more intense.

He got home and told Julia he had become a Christian and filled by the Holy Spirit. She was shocked but asked what one needed to do. He said, "Just pray I think". She went away and prayed, and she too became a follower of Jesus on that same day.


Tak Bhana

“I’m sure we have all prayed, ‘God speak to me, show me!’ In this book James Coleman answers a very big ‘how’, as he vividly portrays ways God speaks to so many of us ‘in the spiritual language of pictures and images’. If you want to start to experience God speaking to you in visual form, to grow in this gift, or learn more about the biblical and historical roots of it, then this book is definitely for you.”

Tak Bhana

Senior Pastor, Church Unlimited

“This is a book which promises to burst open the hallowed halls of prophetic ministry to those Christian masses who dare believe; God speaks today, the Holy Spirit heals today and Jesus changes lives by healing body, soul and spirit. Those who believe these audacious claims are about to be resourced with the surprising tale of a fruitful journey. James and Julia Coleman have pursued something for 10 years many mistakenly consider an optional extra to real belief. God has been faithful, and encouraged them with story after story of God with us, which James has done us the greatest service in considering, discerning and documenting. Enjoy. Get excited. Act.”

Lydia Read

CEO New Wine New Zealand and Vineyard Church Pastor

Neels Hanse van Rensburg

“Visions for Everyday Christians will take readers on a journey, supported by real life stories, discovering the power of God speaking to us through visions.”

Neels Janse van Rensburg

CEO New Zealand Bible Society

"This is far more than a book on visions. It highlights God's desire to be intimately involved in the lives of His people, speaking to them, and empowering them on multiple levels. James Coleman has a marvellous ability to weave together Scripture, the spiritual classics, and personal experiences into a compelling and faith-enhancing read. This book will breathe new life into your walk with God and enable you to live more fully the Spirit-filled life." 

Richard Black - BA | BD | MCouns | MNZAC

Founder of Strength to Strength | Counsellor | Speaker | Author

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“A refreshing and insightful book on dreams and visions, packed with stories and clear teaching that draws the reader into a clearer understanding of this important subject. A timely book for a dramatically changing world, that requires Christians to ‘see’ what God is doing in this present time. James is one of those people who not only pursues God, but also knows how to move others into a deeper relationship with God, through teaching and by example.”

Mike Burrows

Church Engagement Manager | Open Doors

“What a joyful gift to the Church that God would send fresh encouragement for us to receive and seek visionary encounters with God’s Holy Spirit, through the insight, experience and meticulous mind of a tax lawyer! James brings clarity and guidance, marrying wonder and mystery with simple every day decisions, encounters and right thinking. As someone who has experienced a mystical relationship with God, and often been a bit worried about how to integrate that into my everyday life and faith, I was encouraged and blessed by this book.”

Bishop Eleanor Sanderson

Anglican Movement

Gradon Harvey

“We live in a very rationalistic culture which is so different from Maori and other belief systems, which acknowledge the supernatural dimension as something that is part of everyday life. My experience, having travelled to visit the church in over 40 countries in the two thirds world, is that they often experience the supernatural realm on a daily basis. Because of their poverty, they have nothing but faith in a supernatural, loving God, to get them through their current problems. I commend James Coleman's book to you, with the prayer that God might open our eyes to the possibility of the supernatural realm that is more profound and real than anything we could imagine.”

Gradon Harvey

National Director North-South NZ

Visions for Everyday Christians

To buy a hard copy in New Zealand please click on the Manna logo below. Also available on Kindle from Amazon.


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