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Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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Ancient teachings, stories and blessings of Celtic wisdom.

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Publisher's Synopsis

John O'Donohue is an Irish poet and Catholic scholar whose acclaimed writings reveal an original thinker rooted in an unorthodox blend of Irish heritage, German philosophy, and an intimate relationship with the wild, luminous landscape of his Connamara home.

Drawing on the wisdom of the Celts and their Druid shamans; the imbas (inspirational sagas) of the wandering bards; and the sacred fountainhead of the Christian monasteries, Anam Cara goes beyond traditional religious programs to provide an intuitive and truly accessible approach to spirituality.

Exploring themes such as the divinity of solitude, the spirituality of the senses, the mystery of friendship, the beauty of aging and the concept of death in the Celtic tradition, it helps readers reconnect with the world around them and awaken the power hidden in their souls.

Reviews

"The Gaelic title refers to the 'soul-friend,' a lovingly stern companion to whom you can, in stringent honesty, unburden your heart as you move toward enlightenment. O'Donohue positions himself to be that soul's companion for readers who yearn for a spirituality that is accepting of bodily wisdom but does not deny the power of the Christian vision. The Celts - well, the Irish, anyway - grappled with that yearning more than a millennium ago."         ~Booklist

Excerpt

"Human presence is a creative and turbulent sacrament, a visible sign of invisible grace. Nowhere is there such intimate and frightening access to the mysterious. Friendship is the sweet grace that liberates us to approach, recognize, and inhabit this adventure."

Author O'Donohue, John
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 234 pp.
Publisher Cliff Street Books 1998
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