In "Anam Cara" (Gaelic for "soul friend"), poet, priest, and scholar John O'Donohue guides readers through the increasingly popular spiritual landscape of Ireland--a world where God's passionate side is celebrated and the Fates are not feared--offering a treasure trove of Celtic insights, stories, and teachings on the universal themes of solitude, ...
In "Anam Cara" (Gaelic for "soul friend"), poet, priest, and scholar John O'Donohue guides readers through the increasingly popular spiritual landscape of Ireland--a world where God's passionate side is celebrated and the Fates are not feared--offering a treasure trove of Celtic insights, stories, and teachings on the universal themes of solitude, love, and death.
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O'Donohue's writing is poetic and deep. This collection of wisdom and lore is engaging. Pick it up at random, and you will receive nourishment. Studying this book with others is rewarding, too.
I highly recommend this book to seekers and lovers of spirit.
Aug 12, 2010
book well written and O'donohue has unique way of blending old and new. Brings an open and thoughtful approach to Celtic lore and fact. Many offerings & insights to plains of thought you may not have encountered before and supports them well. Enjoyed the insight and perspectives.
May 6, 2010
A beautifully written book--words to remember and live by.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-08-18 "Anam is the Gaelic word for soul; cara is the word for friend. So Anam Cara means soul friend." So begins poet, priest and scholar O'Donohue as he examines the meanings and different phases of the Celtic life and how they blend together, symbolized by the Celtic circle. Through a series of short essays, he looks at love and contends that "technology and media are not uniting the world." In a world preoccupied with computers and the Internet, O'Donohue turns back to earth and nature and the Celts' obsession with them. Although a Catholic priest, he urges "acceptance of eros," which was rudimentary to the Celt. He defines "styles of visions" and breaks them down into fearful, greedy, judgmental, resentful, indifferent, inferior and loving, and he shows how they have robbed our hearts in a modern society. He looks on negative qualitiesĉvices to most peopleĉand urges us "to exercise kindness towards them." He warns "that one of the greatest sins is the unlived life." O'Donohue also examines creativity in the workplace; agingĉa time of freedom, he saysĉand the importance of "time as a circle"; and finally, the meeting with the one that "came out of the womb with you"ĉdeath. Decorated with the myths of old Irelandĉfaeries, forts, ghosts, the sacredness of the land and the imagination of the peopleĉand ingrained with a sense of deep Irishness, this book will be a lively spiritual companion to all Celtsĉor to those who are Celtic in their hearts. 150,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour; rights: Kim Witherspoon. (Oct.)
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