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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
This book reads more like one priest's personal opinion as inspired by learning about Celtic wisdom than it does actual insight. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emily
I shall treasure this boo, forever. It needs Time to reflect on so many poignant thoughts.Published 3 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 12 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 16 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