Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom Paperback – Oct 21 1998
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Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom offers an exploration of the secret universe we all carry inside us, the connections we forge with the worlds of our friends and loved ones, and the products of our worlds reflected in the things we create outside of ourselves. Anam Cara, Gaelic for "soul friend," is an ancient journey down a nearly forgotten path of wisdom into what it means to be human. Drawing on this age-old perspective, John O'Donohue helps us to see ourselves as the Celts did: we're more than just flesh, blood, and bone; we comprise individual worlds. The comprehension of the sublime architecture of the worlds we are born with will engender a new appreciation for the outside world and the way we contribute to its evolution. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. Irish traditional ways were never subjected to the kinds of discouragement--racks, skewers, lions, and the like--practiced on the continent and so were able to wed pagan sensuality to the ethical challenges of the new creed. Reperforming that marriage, O'Donohue is as much at ease with Heidegger as with Yeats, with Rilke as with Jung, as he discourses on solitude, work, love, and death and works snippets of ancient Irish poetry seamlessly into the fabric of his text. Eloquent and learned, O'Donohue is more than just another Paddy-come-lately cashing in on River Danceera Celtophilia. He is the real thing: a poetic priest with the soul of a pagan. Expect demand! (HarperCollins does, to the tune of a 150,000-copy first printing.) Patricia Monaghan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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"If you have ever had occasion to be out early in the morning before the dawn breaks, you will have noticed that the darkest time of night is immediately before dawn." Read the first page
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There are so many self help books out there, but none come close to this! Well worth every penny, and please take time to read it, and read it over and over again, each time will show you something new. My copy is full of notes in the margin, underlined phrases or paragraphs, and serves as a useful place to turn when life gets you down!
I think the only thing I didn't like was the slightly Christian accent from the author's point of view, especially as it relates to the Celts. This is not a big deal and can be overlooked for the quality and insight of the writing itself.
Anam Cara is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. I plan to read it again in a year or so, because I know I will get new things out of it. I am already loaning it to a friend, and have a couple of others in mind I'd like to loan it to. I can't keep this from the ones I love.
This book gave me strength and deep insight at a time when I was searching for both of these. I greatly appreciate this book's contribution to my own understanding of self and highly recommend it to you if, like me, you recognize that you are on a spiritual journey.
It is a book about the Celtic worldview and way of life. It has made me even more homesick for the land of the Celts; it aroused a desire to return to Ireland or Scotland. Yet I realized that I would need to learn to live the Celtic way/mode here before I could even consider going back across the pond.
The book made me realize how much I needed to simplify my life, and prompted me to take a semester off school to help establish a new pattern of living and of being. It prompted me to reestablish a stronger pattern of work, bible study, prayer, reading and pursuing God and his will above all else, to try to live each day to the full, to live to be a good and true friend, and to learn to be better at being.
As an aside there are two more books by O'Donohue that follow the same spirit: Eternal Echoes and To Bless the Space Between Us both of which I attempted to read on a number of occasions but was unable to make it through. One of his books of poetry Conamara Blues ' I ended up reading a number of times.
and finally place this book within my personal reference library as a staple for daily encounter. A must read for the searching Celtic soul.
Is this wisdom particularly Celtic? The illustrative quotes and poems come from almost anywhere -- Aristotle, Cicero, Pablo Neruda, Kahlil Gibran, Meister Eckhart, Yeats, or Irish poets such Yeats or Brian Merriman. Maybe multi-culturalism is a time-honored Celtic tradition. But woven through the background are themes of Irish folklore, with pagan and Catholic heritage assumed to be one. O'Donohue makes no contrast between the old Celtic church and Roman Catholic orthodoxy. There's no church history, or any history. He just addresses the reader's life, drawing on whatever seems good and beautiful from every corner of his Ireland-based world community.
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This book reads more like one priest's personal opinion as inspired by learning about Celtic wisdom than it does actual insight. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Emily
I shall treasure this boo, forever. It needs Time to reflect on so many poignant thoughts.Published 6 months ago by mary
Fantastic read so far. I would recommend this if you read an excerpt of his work, like I did. Anam cara is a very interesting concept to me so I ordered this book and it's actually... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anna Bojanczyk
This is a wonderful resource to keep at hand for reflection and prayer. There are topic sections, poetry, and prose sections. This is timeless!Published 18 months ago by Mary J. Dawe
This is a book brimming with wisdom expressed with words of beauty that ignite the soul. Reading it is a source of deep delight and reading it once is not enough. Read morePublished on June 19 2013 by J. Damselfly