Anam Cara - Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World by John O'Donohue
Information: 278 pages, paperback
They say: When St Patrick came to Ireland in the fifth century AD, he encountered the Celtic people and a flourishing spiritual tradition that had already existed for thousands of years. He discovered that where the Christians worshipped one God, the Celts had many and found divinity all around them: in the rivers, hills, sea and sky. The ancient Celtic reverence for the spirit in all things survives today - a vibrant legacy of mystical wisdom that is unique in the Western world. Now, in this exquisite book, Irish poet and scholar John O'Donohue shares with us the secrets of this ancient world. Using authentic Irish prayers and blessings, he reveals the treasures that lie hidden within your own soul and the 'secret divinity' in your relationships. As he traces the cycles of life and nature, he draws from the holy waters of Ireland's spiritual heritage to lead you to a place where your heart can be healed and nourished. It is a place where you will discover your own anam cara, your true 'soul friend'.
'A rare synthesis of philosophy, poetry and spirituality...a powerful and life-transforming experience for those who read it' Deepak Chopra, author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
Anam Cara - Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World - John O'Donohue
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Reviews - rated 4/5 based on customer reviews4 out of 5 By Zena GreeneThis is a remarkable little book. When I first began to read it, I thought that it might be just another of those books full of platitudes that present themselves as spiritual wisdom, but I was very wrong - it is not. This book has a quality that lifts it far beyond the ordinary. John O’Donohue is an Irish poet who writes about philosophy and life from a unique, authentic perspective. He illustrates his points by using many beautifully described Celtic stories and anecdotes, writing in way that is a balm and a pleasure to read.
The ideal situation to read this book in would be a quiet, green, leafy place. But if you read it while you are struggling with work and transport – and relationships - in a major city, you will soon be transported to such a place. This is a book to treasure and to dip into. I think that I would like to be given this book as a gift. It has a very intimate (but not intrusive or patronising) and caring quality to it, which would always make the giver memorable. But it is also a very nice book to treat yourself to. We all need special, private parts of our lives that we can retreat to and which heal us. It is always a good plan to keep a few things that we can rely upon, to help us keep our heads above the water in times of stress. This book could certainly be part of anybody’s small ‘spiritual first-aid kit’. Every page had something to offer me, whether I was sitting down to read, or just dipping in, on a whim.