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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I read this book over the course of a couple of months to let it soak in and found myself copying passages into my iphone’s notes feature and by hand onto paper – there just so much here to read and remember.

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. You anan commenting using your Twitter account. When love awakens in your life is like a rebirth, a new beginning. This is good for those who are going through the phase known as the ‘dark night of the soul’. Your sense of each other darkens and your presence is sore.

No trivia or quizzes yet. So, the parts that I really liked balanced the parts that I found boring, incoherent, or too flowery. Missing cover Spanish edition 5 16 Oct 19, There was so much to this book and the Celtic element and the descriptions of the great scenery and light of the West of Ireland really made me appreciate my heritage.

A Celtic Pilgrimage Order. This book is about working the nothingness, the emptiness, as we create meaning and form in our lives. Beauty is a gentle but urgent call to awaken. You lose the attraction and the magic. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it.

So now I have had my first experience with John O’Donohue, and think again: Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world awaits. You look and see and understand differently. Divine Beauty Beauty is a gentle but urgent call to awaken. I feel so blessed to have crossed paths with John O’Donohue before he left this earth, even if it was only in the form of his writing. Why should dnoohue grieve for them? Each thing creeps back into its own nature within the shelter of the dark.


We need more of him in every field. Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World Order.

Notify me of new posts via email. Your sense of inner beauty has to remain a very private thing. I’m going to give you the first few lines and you doonohue decide for yourself: Jul 16, Dayna rated it it was ok Shelves: When love comes in to your life, unrecognized dimensions of your destiny awaken and blossom and grow.

I will return to the book again and again! It is a heritage of profound, mystical wisdom that will open pathways to peace and contentment, and lead us to live with creativity, honor, and compassion the one life that has been given to us. Trees, mountains, fields, and faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of exposure. I’m sure it’s a great book but I don’t want gatecrush.

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

The story of a shared spiritual journey that I came across the references to Anam Cara and thought: Notify me of new comments via email. What is nearest to the heart is often farthest from the word. A demanding, high-wire existentialist adventure that will inspire readers to re-evaluate their goals and ways of being in the world.

Whatever the medium, there are great riches here – the product of a brilliant mind, a mind that never stopped striving to advance the frontiers of possibility. Over the past three years, I have been working on discovering myself through self-help books, step programs, religious study, and personal introspection. 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.


Love is absolutely vital for a human life. You float on it, you dive into it, you are cleansed by it. See 2 questions about Anam Cara…. It is a book of very deep reflections, invoking the reader to slow down, be mindful. If I’d read this book two years ago, I’d have given it six stars.

The book is, in essence, an inner conversation with Celtic imagination and its spirituality of friendship. O’Donohoe’s still manages to sound like a priest Friendship is the nature of God.

The only effective way to still its unease is to transfigure it, carq let it become something creative and positive that contributes to who you are.

In this powerful, evocative collection, master storyteller, John O’Donohue explores themes of love and loss, beginnings and endings. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself.

Such friendship is neither cerebral nor abstract. A highly respected poet and philosopher, he lectured throughout Europe and America and wrote a number of popular books, including Anam Cara and To Bless joyn Space Between Us. Want to Read saving…. May 23, Sharon rated it it was amazing. As John explores a ranges of themes relating to the way we live our lives today, he reveals how the energy and rhythm of the natural world – its innocence and creativity, its power and splendor – hold profound lessons for us all.