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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Translating the beauty and splendor of his native Conamara into a language exquisitely attuned to the wonder of everyday, John O’Donohue takes us on a moving journey through real and imagined worlds.

It’s akin to peering into the depths of an illumined manuscript, or being inside a poem as another reviewer here so eloquently states. It’s always on the donobue, next to the sofa, for quick reference and solace.

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

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. I feel like it shouldn’t have taken me so long to get through it. Your sense of each other darkens and your presence is sore.

Or to a person confused about religion? Trivia About Anam Cara: Mostly it was just okay. The human journey strives to make this inner face beautiful. I am a non-Christian. O’Donohue touches this depth of beauty and belonging with beautiful language that inspires and hopefully takes us deeper into ourselves, but leaves it up to us to discover the wisdom inside us that will help us come into our birthright.


When we stand before crucial thresholds in our lives, we have no rituals to protect, encourage and guide us as we cross over into the unknown. May you be good to them and may you be there for them; may they bring you all the blessing, challenges, truth, and light that you need for your journey. It would be hard to describe all the different ways this book impacted me. Love is absolutely vital for a human life. Refresh and try again. A must read for any Irish person interested in and looking to connect with their culture, and their spirit.

I’m going to give you the first few lines and you can decide for yourself: It is strange to be here. Possibility is the secret heart of time.

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

There were parts that flowed well, but a lot of dnoohue rambled on page after page after page after page after page Books by John O’Donohue. This tests every aspect of your xara. Whether exploring the silent, eternal memory of Conamara or focusing on the power of language and the vagaries of human need and passion, O’Donohue tenderly reveals the fragile vulnerability of love and friendship. In friendship with him, we enter the tender beauty and affection of the Trinity.

Nov 04, Evvie Williams rated it it was amazing. There is so much wisdom and understanding of human nature and how we are losing touch with what is really important in this modern busy world that was very refreshing to read.

The Value of Sparrows

Similarly, your identity and vision are composed of a certain constellation of ideas and feelings that surfaced from the depths of the distance within you. It is difficult to rationally explain or review; I jihn only describe what it feels like when I read it.

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Take refuge in your senses, open up To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Why should we grieve for them? Jul 29, Tim rated it it was amazing. You are loath to let compromise or the threat donoue danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment. I can see myself reading this book over and over a I found this a very moving and beautiful book to read.

Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. When love awakens in your life is like a rebirth, a new beginning. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: It is here that love gathers within you. Beauty is a gentle but urgent call to awaken.

There are some thought provoking passages in the book, and O’Donohue does sometimes manage to convey beautiful ideas with beautiful language, but more often I found his prose a bit awkward and sometimes incomprehensible. And although I’ve got more than a dozen bookmarks jutting out of pages to mark intriguing thoughts, overall I found the book rather shallow. This small book by the Celtic priest John O’Donohue is a staple in my bookcase. Somehow at a particular time, they came from the distance toward your life.

At times like that I may be too impatient for this beautiful book, and it is my loss. Anam Cara, the words translate to ‘Soul Friend’ in Gaelic.