Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
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 gene ...more
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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 ...more
This writer was some philosopher and a really great writer.
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.
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
I can see myself reading this book over and over a ...more
It was while reading Jo-Anne Berthelsen's Soul Friend: The story of a shared spiritual journey that I came across the references to Anam Cara and thought: 'Just my type of book.' It sounded deep and profound, wise and thoughtful.
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. O'Donohue mentions ...more
I wanted to like this book more, 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 ...more
I bought this CD because I thought his voice would make this book more palatable. 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 brilliant man who quotes from Hegel, Meister Eckhardt, Wittgenst ...more
“In a vast universe … All of our life, everything we do, think and feel is surrounded by nothingness… This cosmic loneliness is the root of all inner loneliness…
There is the infinity of space that reaches out into the depths of the cosmos… the inifinity that haunts everyone and which no one can finally qu ...more
This book is beautifully written and I carried around with me for almost that whole year.
I love all things Irish and stumbled across this while browsing Amazon years ago. I'm not sure how I ended up finding it, bu I'm thankful I did. I want to re-read it now so I can write a "proper" review.
This is one book I consider a favorite and one that means a great deal to me.
However, there are some wonderfully marvelous blessings, like "Blessing for the Senses" and "Blessing of Solitude".
Actually, the whole chapter (section?) 3 - "Solitude is Luminous" captivated me.
While an interesting mishmash of pagan, pre and post-Christian thought, many of his insights are evergreen to the human experience, and provide a gentle introduction to the soul of the Celtic people. If St John of the Cross were to have ever waxed rhetorica ...more
From a lifetime philosopher, who at one time received the appropriate degrees and taught the subject, Anam Cara has topped my list of favorite philosophy books since I first read it five or six years ago. I'm in the middle of a re-reading, and it's poetic depth and beauty about our deepest questions stands out even more.