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@Read Epub · Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom ë Discover the Celtic Circle of Belonging John O Donohue, poet, philosopher, and scholar, guides you through the spiritual landscape of the Irish imagination In Anam Cara, Gaelic for soul friend, the ancient teachings, stories, and blessings of Celtic wisdom provide such profound insights on the universal themes of friendship, solitude, love, and death as Light is generous The human heart is never completely born Love as ancient recognitionThe body is the angel of the soul Solitude is luminous Beauty likes neglected places The passionate heart never ages To benatural is to be holy Silence is the sister of the divine Death as an invitation to freedom If you re not spiritual or religious, this book is probably not for you The Anam Cara, or soul friend is a Celtic Christian concept, and that fusion of Celtic mysticism and Christian theology is at the core of O Donohue s writing.I wanted to like this book , but I just couldn t get into O Donohue s writing style He tried way too hard to be poetic , and it just didn t work for me I also thought that he used too many quotes from other authors, didn t work those quotes into the text very If you re not spiritual or religious, this book is probably not for you The Anam Cara, or soul friend is a Celtic Christian concept, and that fusion of Celtic mysticism and Christian theology is at the core of O Donohue s writing.I wanted to like this book , but I just couldn t get into O Donohue s writing style He tried way too hard to be poetic , and it just didn t work for me I also thought that he used too many quotes from other authors, didn t work those quotes into the text very smoothly, and sometimes they just didn t seem to have much to do with what he was talking about And his exercises for the reader could do with a lotexplanation What does it mean to just focus on the well at the root of your soul There are some thought provoking passages in the book, and O Donohue does sometimes manage to convey beautiful ideas with beautiful language, butoften I found his prose a bit awkward and sometimes incomprehensible This small book by the Celtic priest John O Donohue is a staple in my bookcase I ve lost three copies, one to mold, one to formaldehyde and one to water damage I quickly bought another This book will change your life It is not a religious dictate It is far beyond that I m going to give you the first few lines and you can decide for yourself It is strange to be here The mystery never leaves you alone Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world a This small book by the Celtic priest John O Donohue is a staple in my bookcase I ve lost three copies, one to mold, one to formaldehyde and one to water damage I quickly bought another This book will change your life It is not a religious dictate It is far beyond that I m going to give you the first few lines and you can decide for yourself It is strange to be here The mystery never leaves you alone Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world awaits.If you want comfort, insight and inspiration pick this book up I ve read it four times The Celtic understanding of friendship finds its inspiration and culmination in the sublime notion of theAnam ara Anam is the Gaelic word for soulara is the word for friend So Anam ara means soul friend John O Donohue doesn t view the word friend as casually as one might use it, and certainly not in this combination A joining that is ancient and eternal, a place where you belongedSince the birth of the human heart is an ongoing process, love is the continuous birth of creativi The Celtic understanding of friendship finds its inspiration and culmination in the sublime notion of theAnam ara Anam is the Gaelic word for soulara is the word for friend So Anam ara means soul friend John O Donohue doesn t view the word friend as casually as one might use it, and certainly not in this combination A joining that is ancient and eternal, a place where you belongedSince the birth of the human heart is an ongoing process, love is the continuous birth of creativity within and between usWhile John O Donohue was a religious man, a poet, a philosopher, a priest, this religious thought shows itselfin the reverence for the world, a belief in the ancient wisdoms ability to offer greatly needed sustenance to those experiencing a hunger in a spiritual sense In 2000, after writing and publishing this, Anam ara, and Eternal Echoes Exploring our Hunger to Belong, O Donohue retired from his priestly ministry and devoted himself to social justice His feelings about social justice can be clearly felt in this book of Celtic wisdom O Donohue speaks on many things in a reverential way the colours, the power of nature Thoughts on Celtic spirituality flow throughout these pagesSince the Celts were a nature people, the world of nature was both a presence and a companion Nature nourished them it was here that they felt their deepest belonging and affinity When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy where before there was fear, now there is courage where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self When love awakens in your life is like a rebirth, a new beginning Though the human body is born complete in one moment, the birth of the human heart is an ongoing process This past Autumn, I listened to John O Donohue sBeauty The Invisible Embrace , which I loved, especially as he is the narrator I wish this had been available in an audio format, for it made the experience evenlovely, but this was lovely, nevertheless Quite a bit of territory is covered in this book, and while there is a sense of spirituality to this, it is not a specific church senseIt is strange to be here The mystery never leaves you alone Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits Moving, beautiful, philosophical, inspirational, with a reverence for the world, and the stories of each of those who inhabit our world Anam Cara A Book of Celtic Wisdom is truly a work of art Over the past three years, I have been working on discovering myself through self help books, 12 step programs, religious study, and personal introspection This book summed up everything I have learned the hard way during this time, and presented it in a beautiful package that was invigorating and thought provoking to read It was a pure joy I began reading it in January, and have only just finished it last night, because each sentan Anam Cara A Book of Celtic Wisdom is truly a work of art Over the past three years, I have been working on discovering myself through self help books, 12 step programs, religious study, and personal introspection This book summed up everything I have learned the hard way during this time, and presented it in a beautiful package that was invigorating and thought provoking to read It was a pure joy I began reading it in January, and have only just finished it last night, because each sentance was a ponderable morsel Sometimes I would read a phrase five times over in order to fully grasp and apply it s meaning to my life This is not a 70 mph trip through the McDonald s drive thru, this is a seven course meal in Vienna, and every bite demands that you hold it in your mouth to savor it.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 Review written May 9th, 1998