John David Bosch: In the Vanguard of Heroes, Martyrs, and Saints

John David Bosch: In the Vanguard of Heroes, Martyrs, and Saints

by Angelina Diliberto Allen


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Many Baha’is will be familiar with the name John David Bosch; however, until now his life has not been explored in a comprehensive biography. John and his wife Louise are perhaps best known for their efforts and selfless generosity in helping to establish a Baha’i school in northern California. The school, which opened in 1927 on the Bosches’ property in Geyserville, would grow as a center of learning and eventually relocate to its current location in the mountains above Santa Cruz and be named in their honor.

Author Angelina Diliberto Allen has drawn on extensive research to weave together the strands of the Bosches’ lives and give us a vivid picture of these inspiring souls. Within the pages of this book, the reader will find a treasure trove of highlights, from John’s discovery and embrace of the Faith under the tutelage of Helen Goodall to his deep and lasting friendships with such luminaries as Thornton Chase and Hands of the Cause Amelia Collins and Roy Wilhelm, to name just a few. Most notable of all, however, is the presence on these pages of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Encounters and correspondence with the Master are documented here extensively, and, in perhaps the book’s most stunning section, the reader is given an intimate glimpse of the days surrounding the Master’s passing. The Bosches were among a small group of pilgrims present at the time, and their experience of the event and the special tasks they performed are shared in detail.

John and Louise Bosch lived multifaceted lives of discovery, devotion, and service, and their story will leave the reader with much to reflect upon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618511508
Publisher: Baha'i Publishing Trust, U.S.
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Edition description: None
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Angelina Diliberto Allen was born into a family whose connection to the Baha’i Faith dates back to ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to California in 1912. She has served the Baha’i cause in several countries including Swaziland, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. From 1983 until 2011 she codirected the Bosch Baha’i School Youth Institute along with her husband, Andrew, and several others. Angelina holds a BA in English from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Writing and Rhetoric from the University of California, San Diego and a teaching credential in Bilingual Education. She currently teaches in a high school in San Diego County. She and her husband have two children and two grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Note to the Reader xi

Introduction xv

1 On a Train 1

2 Become as True Brethren 19

3 I Have Traveled 8,000 Miles to See You 63

4 Louise 81

5 Awakened by the Tablets of the Divine Plan 97

6 Tahiti 113

7 'Abdu'l-Bahá is in the Utmost Longing to See You 145

8 An Indefatigable Trio 183

9 Not Alone of the Mind, but of the Depths of the Heart 221

10 Your Milly 275

11 Saints 293

Notes 331

Bibliography 353

Index 359

Photos of John Bosch 367

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