To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings Hardcover – Mar 4 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
What does it mean to bless others and ourselves? In this collection of O'Donohue's poetic prayers, the author of Beauty and Anam Cara focuses on bringing God's blessings into the liminal spaces in our lives: times of transition, grieving, change or preparation for the unknown. Some of the blessings are for specific situations that are bread-and-butter staples of other prayer books, such as benedictions over births, weddings, new jobs or new homes. Others are unexpected and bravely dark, including a prayer for the loved ones left behind after a suicide, or for a parent after the death of a child. O'Donohue is not afraid to tackle the fear and guilt that many harbor secretly, bringing shame and addiction out into the open even while celebrating new life and new love. His writing is sensitive and deep: As light departs to let the earth be one with night, Silence deepens in the mind, and thoughts grow slow; The basket of twilight brims over with colors, he says of evening Vespers. The book closes with the Irish priest's personal—and often profound—musings on the act of blessing, drawing on Celtic spirituality and the wisdom of poets and philosophers. (Feb. 19)
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Praise for John O’Donohue
“John O’Donohue is a man of the soul. His scholarly meditation on the continuing relevance of Ireland’s spiritual heritage has become a publishing phenomenon.…”
“A lively spiritual companion to all Celts—or to those who are Celtic in their hearts.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Anam Cara is a radiant source of wisdom, a link between the human and the divine. This work is a blessed, rare gem.”
—Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Be Careful What You Pray For and Healing Words
“This beautifully written book proves that tireless wisdom can bring an amazing understanding about ourselves and the world around us even today.”
—Dannion Brinkley author of Saved by the Light and At Peace in the Light
“O’Donohue has produced a treasury for readers of all faiths. A demanding, high-wire existentialist adventure that will inspire readers to re-evaluate their goals and ways of being in the world. O’Donohue ends each chapter with a lyrical blessing or prayer, and his book itself is a profound, healing prayer.”
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It is like superb wine - easy to take in, but rich in meaning; delicious imagery, satisfying at the deepest level ... Clearly the product of a profoundly observant, caring, creative and inspired creator.
I thank John O'Donohue for leaving us with so many words of great wisdom.
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Loved this book! The blessings/prayers are beautifully written. I'd recommend picking a copy up - for yourself and also to give as gifts to friends and family.Published 8 months ago by Rachelle Low
One of the most meaningful and sublime gifts I have given myself in a very long time! Exquisite!Published 12 months ago by Sheila
My daughter has been looking for this book for years! Amazon was the only place I could find it, and she was so glad to finally have it. Thank you!Published on Aug. 6 2013 by Judy Glivar
Lovely blessings poetically written for many of life's occasions and circumstances, as well ones that are good for any timePublished on April 21 2013 by Nora Hagen