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Anam Cara: Wisdom from the Celtic World [John O’Donohue] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Saint Patrick first came to Ireland in. In Anam Cara (Gaelic for “soul friend”), John O’Donohue invites you into the magical and unobtrusive world of your own divinity, to a place in the soul where. Anam Cara and the Essence of True Friendship: Poet and Philosopher John O’ Donohue on the Beautiful Ancient Celtic Notion of Soul-Friend.

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As time remains free of all that it frames, May your mind stay clear of all it names. I read it about 15 years ago and found it syrupy, and in the intervening years I have changed a lot so I assumed my reading of it would be different and the richness would be more palatable, and yet there was still something slightly saccharine to me about it.

A book to be ready slowly and savored. There are times I am impatient and look for a practical guide to help me ‘get there’. It changed my seeing as I read and I felt like I was inside a poem, with such a heightened awareness, and yet the language is overall simple, abstract, and even perhaps, empty. Mar 21, Lynda rated it it was amazing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

It was a helpful book to read in the middle of grief, especia It would be hard to describe all the different ways this book impacted me.

PRAYER: A Friendship Blessing (Includes The Anam Ċara), by John O’Donohue – The Value of Sparrows

I love this book. You float on it, you dive into it, you are cleansed by it. It dinohue the work of a writer finding new space to celebrate old truths. Draw alongside the silence of stone Until its calmness can claim you. I plan This is truly a handbook for being a soul in a human body.


Divine Beauty Beauty is a gentle but urgent call to awaken. Some people may read this and get it as a whole but I didn’t. And then consider some of these excerpts: What a fucking beautiful book.

I refer to this book several times a week, just to re-read a few pages or a chapter. I didn’t realise how far I’d come in that time doonohue I started to think of this book as surface treasure, not deep-mined gems. Every sentence here can open us to a new world inside us, if we let it.

Echoes of Memory In this powerful, evocative collection, master storyteller, John O’Donohue explores themes of love and loss, beginnings and endings. While at times a bit scattered, this book is a comforting, warm, and challenging look into the mystery and wisdom of Celtic spirituality. Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world awaits.

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donohue

The darkness absolves cars the struggle for identity and impression falls away. The result is a musical, transcendent, and deeply moving series of poems that exemplifies O’Donohue at his finest. You lose the attraction and the magic. John O’Donohue was a beautiful soul. This recognition is described in a beautiful line from Pablo Neruda: The journey I’m on really is very narrow but also very very deep.

In this powerful, evocative collection, master storyteller, John O’Donohue explores themes of love and loss, beginnings and endings. When you compare yourself to others, you are inviting envy into your consciousness; it can donojue a dangerous and destructive guest. Friendship is the nature of God. Is this religion hiding as beauty?

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

View all 4 comments. If I’d read this book two years ago, I’d have given it six stars. Poet and Philosopher John O’Donohue left behind a remarkable body of work on the subjects of spirituality and Celtic mysticism.


The heart learns a new art of feeling. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that affected me like this one. So many parts of this book I say to myself, “Huh. Those trapped in the bland middle region of respectability are lost without ever realizing it.

The Value of Sparrows

A Book of Celtic Fonohue is truly a work of art. Is this the new gorgeous Bible yet? Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong. No one else can see the world the way you see it. Your sense of each other darkens and your presence is sore.

It has gracefully woven itself into my experience ever since, gently guiding and holding donohud in my darkest days. Dec 14, Anna rated it liked it. Lists with This Book. At times like that I may be too impatient for this beautiful book, and it is my loss.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. I think this book was a little too much on the religious side for me. May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth, donoheu, and forgiveness. Mar 20, Stephanie rated it it was amazing. And when your eyes freeze behind the johb window and the ghost of loss gets in to you, may a flock of colours, indigo, red, green, and azure blue come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.