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The Book of Creation: An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality [Paperback]

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June 27 2002 Rhythm of Life
By the author of Celtic Prayers from Iona In Celtic tradition, the "Book of Creation" is where we "read" what the Creator has said to us. J. Philip Newell here reflects on the seven days of creation in Genesis, using them as a guide to the practice of Celtic spirituality. Each day explores a different aspect of creation as a manifestation of God, revealing divine presence at the heart of everyday life. Newell begins by tracing the history of Celtic spirituality and how it clashed with Rome, then he goes on to draw from a rich and diverse selection of Celtic sources on creation: Eriugena, Pelagius, the Carmina Gadelica, novelist George MacDonald, poet Kenneth White, and Iona Community founder George MacLeod. Newell also includes meditation exercises that may be used by either individuals or groups. Newell is quickly becoming one of today's most authoritative and inspirational voices on Celtic spirituality. His book is perfect for prayer groups, seasonal parish programs, small faith communities, religious communities, spiritual seekers, anyone of Celtic heritage, and anyone interested in creation spirituality.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Seeing God in His creation Nov. 30 2000
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J. Philip Newell is a minister in the Church of Scotland, poet, scholar, and teacher. In this slim but rich volume Newell introduces the reader to Celtic by guiding her or him on a journey through the seven days of creation. The Celtic spiritual tradition looks not only to the Bible for inspiration, but to Creation itself. He begins with an introduction that places the Celtic church and tradition in the context of the wider church, both Catholic and Protestant. Each of the succeeding seven chapters takes its point of departure from each of the seven days of creation, through the themes of light, wildness, fecundity, harmony, creaturiness, image, and stillness. After a discussion of how the Celtic spiritual tradition treats each of these themes, the chapter ends with an exercise of meditation based on centering prayer. The sources for this spiritual gem come from the Bible and the works of Celtic Christians from Pelagius and Eriugena through George MacDonald, with a host of other works thrown in, including materials from the Carmina Gadelica. This wonderful little book is great for study and for prayer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seeing God in His creation Nov. 30 2000
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J. Philip Newell is a minister in the Church of Scotland, poet, scholar, and teacher. In this slim but rich volume Newell introduces the reader to Celtic by guiding her or him on a journey through the seven days of creation. The Celtic spiritual tradition looks not only to the Bible for inspiration, but to Creation itself. He begins with an introduction that places the Celtic church and tradition in the context of the wider church, both Catholic and Protestant. Each of the succeeding seven chapters takes its point of departure from each of the seven days of creation, through the themes of light, wildness, fecundity, harmony, creaturiness, image, and stillness. After a discussion of how the Celtic spiritual tradition treats each of these themes, the chapter ends with an exercise of meditation based on centering prayer. The sources for this spiritual gem come from the Bible and the works of Celtic Christians from Pelagius and Eriugena through George MacDonald, with a host of other works thrown in, including materials from the Carmina Gadelica. This wonderful little book is great for study and for prayer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Creation, Introduction to Celtic Spirituality, by John Phillip Newell Feb. 4 2013
By Claudia Kohn - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent and thought-provoking book, presented in an intelligent and friendly style. I recommend it to anyone looking to understand Celtic spirituality and a faith-based view of our existence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Creation - Celtic Spirituality Nov. 1 2012
By revdon - Published on Amazon.com
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J. Phillip Newell wirtes clearly about the often misunderstood area of Celtic spiritual traditions. This is the best introduction to this subject I have ever read.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book July 6 2014
By Deacon David Slish - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the book. It gives a different view of spirituality than what we are used to. it is an easy read and I loved the meditations at the end of each chapter.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 5 2014
By Anne - Published on Amazon.com
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Great way to learn about Celtic Spirituality.
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