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The Path of Celtic Prayer: An Ancient Way to Everyday Joy

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Discover an ancient way of prayer that leads us to new union with God. "Long ago," Calvin Miller writes, "when the Celts built their own rustic kingdom of God in what would later be the British Isles, their fervor in prayer washed their world in a vital revival." In uncertain and dangerous days of high infant-mortality rates, leprosy and plagues, the Celts breathed candid ...more
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Published May 11th 2007 by IVP Books
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Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, 2017
Calvin Miller takes his study of Celtic Christianity and presents 6 different models of prayer: Confessional, Lorica (meaning breastplate, or prayers for protection), Nature, Long Wandering, Scripture, and Trinity.
Some chapters resonated more than others, but I liked the structure of each: explanation, history, quotes, and template.
His Celtic Devotions was more inspirational to me personally, but this book has a lot of food for thought.
Andrew Doohan
Those who know me well will know that I have a avid affection for many things Celtic, and so this book immediately attracted my attention when I came across it. I have to confess, however, that when I started reading it I was a little underwhelmed by its content, which was written from a distinctively American evangelical Christian perspective. That initial impression changed however as I continued to read through the book, and at the end of it I'm glad I persevered.

The author, Calvin Miller, ha
Robert Irish
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this book, but was largely disappointed. I guess I had hoped that Miller would take us into the Celtic mindset in prayer, but found instead that he extracted some nuggets from the Celtic mindset to try to present them to the American Evangelical--as a way of deepening shallow prayer.
So, it did have substance. Miller works through six types of prayer: Trinity prayer, scripture prayer, long wandering prayer, nature prayer, lorica prayer (prayer for protection, based on St. Pa
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I only skimmed this as I had it for only a limited time from the library. I'd like to re-read it slowly.
Stephen Lake
3.5 stars. There are many fine, even wonderful points in this book. I love the prayers and quotes from Celtic saints or inspired by them. I highlighted many and intend to incorporate them in my own prayer life. Somehow the book as a whole dragged for me. Often it was the teaching implications Miller tried to draw out from the Celtic sources that felt overwrought or uninspiring. Maybe I am also little leery nowadays about the whole fanfare surrounding so-called Celtic spirituality. At times I fou ...more
Al Gritten
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Most excellent!! This is a wonderful read if you are interested in Celtic spirituality or simply interested in a deeper prayer life. Perhaps my bias (being of Scots-Irish descent) has given me a fondness for Celtic spirituality and religious practice, but nevertheless as a person of faith and as a seeker after deeper understandings of God, there is much to digest here. "'The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof' (Psalm 24:1, KJV). And we have been given a mandate to care for God's proper ...more
Alumine Andrew
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favourite
I have read Miller for a few years now and this is one of his latest books. He is on a boat on his way to Ireland and is hit by a desire to investigate and emulate the Celtic mystics. He writes this book after his time of learning and praying and it is a beautiful book.
It is decorated with Celtic knots, borders and crosses. It includes a bit of background to each type of prayer and exercises we can follow in the pursuit of prayer. It is a very experiential book, in which we are drawn into a dee
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I love this book and have added some of the prayers into my regular prayer life. Since I am of Scotch, Irish, English descent I am particularly drawn to most things from the Christian Celtic Tradition. Here is one prayer I like to pray first thing in the morning...

"I awake in the name of the Father who made me.
I arise in the name of the Son who died to save me.
I rise to greet the dawn in the name of the
Spirit who fills me with life."
Darlene Hull
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prayer
I loved this book. Calvin Miller's "The Singer" was a favourite of mine growing up, and I was delighted to find this book coming across my path so many years later. Calvin Miller explores different types of Celtic prayers (which I LOVE) and then gave guidelines for creating them ourselves. Kinda cool. Recommended.
Saffron Rose
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was really good and really well written. I have used the prayers in my day to day life and they have proven helpful. Writing your own based on their forms did not appeal to me but getting to see Celtic prayers certainly did.
Rick Dugan
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Some moments of insight, especially the chapter on wandering prayer. These are enough that I'm glad I read the book. However, there was much filler. It was an article stretched into a book.
Dennis Podryadchikov
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great resource to enhance one's prayer life. The book offers six different ways from the centuries to try approaching prayer.
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love this! Love this! Love this! Being of Celtic heritage myself I found both humbled and hopeful by hearing of the life of faith of the Celtic people.
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Calvin Miller has written over 40 books of popular theology and inspiration. A former pastor, he is professor of preaching and pastoral ministry at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He and his wife, Joyce, have two grown children.
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“Hunger for Christ keeps us talking to God till our separation is swallowed up in our unending togetherness with him. Till this union is complete, he who keeps our prayers awaits our union. After all, God hungers for union with us even more than we desire union with him. And prayer is the rails on which our two desires move toward each other. Our devotion moves us from separateness into oneness with God, and
the resulting joy is worth the journey.”
“Prayer is like any other kind of communication. There are times when meaning is shared, but there is no real excitement. At other times, though, the mood is so pregnant with joy it's impossible to forget.” 0 likes
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