Anam Cara by John O'Donohue

Anam Cara

Discover the Celtic Circle of Belonging 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 generous The human heart is never completely born Love as ancient recognitionThe bo...


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TitleAnam Cara
Author
Release DateMar 17th, 2009
PublisherHarperCollins e-books
LanguageEnglish
GenreSpirituality, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Religion
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  • Jan Marquart
    1970-01-01
    This small book by the Celtic priest John O'Donohue is a staple in my bookcase. I've lost three copies, one to mold, one to formaldehyde and one to water damage. I quickly bought another. This book will change your life. It is not a religious dictate. It is far beyond that. I'm going to give you the first few lines and you can decide for yourself: It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone. Behind your image, below your words, a...
  • Luna Lindsey
    1970-01-01
    Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom is truly a work of art. Over the past three years, I have been working on discovering myself through self-help books, 12-step programs, religious study, and personal introspection. This book summed up everything I have learned (the hard way) during this time, and presented it in a beautiful package that was invigorating and thought-provoking to read. It was a pure joy. I began reading it in January, and have onl...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    This is one of the best books and best written books I've ever read. Two months after I met the author, he died in his sleep at age 53 while on holiday with his fiance in Avignon. The whole world cried when John died. There was no one like him and there never will be again. John had a brilliant mind that was married to a wide open heart.
  • Angela
    1970-01-01
    This is one of the most beautiful books I own. It came into my life very mysteriously soon after it was first published. It has gracefully woven itself into my experience ever since, gently guiding and holding me in my darkest days. It is difficult to rationally explain or review; I can only describe what it feels like when I read it. It's akin to peering into the depths of an illumined manuscript, or being inside a poem (as another reviewer here...
  • Gearóid
    1970-01-01
    I found this a very moving and beautiful book to read.This writer was some philosopher and a really great writer.There was so much to this book and the Celtic element andthe descriptions of the great scenery and light of theWest of Ireland really made me appreciate my heritage.There is so much wisdom and understanding of human natureand how we are losing touch with what is really importantin this modern busy world that was very refreshing toread....
  • Gail
    1970-01-01
    I remember thinking, years ago when I first read (for months) Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now, thinking, "Oh, so that's what's meant by someone being a *Master*." Tolle writes from an Eastern perspective. So now I have had my first experience with John O'Donohue, and think again: "So here is another *Master*." However, O'Donohue writes from a Celtic spiritual perspective. This book is not a quick read because Mr. O'Donohue is a spiritual master ...
  • Todd
    1970-01-01
    Catholic Scholar John O'Donohue has a warm sense of humor and an incredibly lyrical prose style. He looks at the pre-Christian Celtic tradition and breathes a new life into spiritual awareness. This is a great book for people struggling to create a working spirituality for their lives and it offers amazing insights into our relationships with the sensual world, the world of soul and our interpersonal relationships.
  • Tim
    1970-01-01
    I'm reading this again. I never stopped reading it. When I got to the end I started all over again, fitting for the Celtic belief in life as a circle. What a fucking beautiful book. Seriously. I want to read it over and over again and glean every last morsel. The author's untimely death in 2008 was a serious loss to us all. But the Celts believe he's not really gone here's still here, just not writing any more books. So many parts of this book I ...
  • Sharon
    1970-01-01
    Anam Cara, the words translate to 'Soul Friend' in Gaelic. O'Donohue is absolutely brilliant in his delivery. The depth, variety, history and beauty of this book is like no other I've experienced. Philosophy, spirituality, poetry through landscape of imagination reinforces my belief that everyone is born an artist. For me, it blew open new pathways to examine my inner self. I've read it 3 times and have yet to capture every nuance, each reading b...
  • Jan Höglund
    1970-01-01
    IntroductionThis book is intended to be an oblique mirror where we might come to glimpse the presence, power, and beauty of both inner and outer friendship.[1]John O'Donohue was born in Ireland and spoke Irish as his native language. Anam is the Gaelic word for soul, and ċara is the word for friend. So anam ċara means soul friend. In the Celtic tradition, the anam ċara was a person to whom you could reveal the hidden intimacies of your life.[2...
  • Anne Hamilton
    1970-01-01
    If I'd read this book two years ago, I'd have given it six stars. But, as it is, I've only given it half that. 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 ...
  • Dayna
    1970-01-01
    There were parts of this book that really spoke to me. A passage would leap out at me in an almost Biblical way, and I would think, "That was really good." It took me quite a while to get through the whole thing; I read it in fits and starts. It was kind of spooky that a phrase would be exactly what I needed for encouragement or clarity in the exact moment that I happened to pick the book up and read a few pages. Mostly it was just okay. I found ...
  • Tiffany
    1970-01-01
    This Irish poet/former Jesuit is quite an amazing human being, may his soul rest in peace. 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 ...
  • Glenn Murphy
    1970-01-01
    If you're not spiritual or religious, this book is probably not for you. The Anam Cara, or “soul friend” is a Celtic/Christian concept, and that fusion of Celtic mysticism and Christian theology is at the core of O'Donohue's writing.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 o...
  • Lynda
    1970-01-01
    This is not a book one reads just to check off a list. It is a book of very deep reflections, invoking the reader to slow down, be mindful. It is a book about the human soul, love, spirit, wisdom, relationships and more. I refer to this book several times a week, just to re-read a few pages or a chapter. It's always on the table, next to the sofa, for quick reference and solace.--lynda
  • Kirsten
    1970-01-01
    This book confounds me. 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. Somehow O'Donahue transmits pure substance into language, but it's invisible to me how he does it.
  • Emily Bibens
    1970-01-01
    While at times a bit scattered, this book is a comforting, warm, and challenging look into the mystery and wisdom of Celtic spirituality. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a reminder of the mystery and wonder of being alive or inspiration to reconnect with your soul.
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    I don't usually highlight books. But I highlighted so much out of this book. There is so much wisdom and insight into life, love, friendship, living, death, and much more. Some of it gets a little more mystic than I connect with, but for the most part, this book was such a delight to read. It is one of those that I want to share with people and discuss and then read over again.
  • Evvie Williams
    1970-01-01
    A book to be ready slowly and savored. It includes essays on friendship, aging, grief and our final journey. I am sure I will revisit it from time to time.
  • Erika
    1970-01-01
    At the closing of my visit to four generations in Philadelphia, my daughter Sylvie offered this book to me. I am passionately reading and enjoying this book at the close of my visit to the US.
  • Ellen
    1970-01-01
    This is one of the most beautifully written spiritual books I have ever read (and I’ve read many). I saw “Gravity” while reading it and the movie echoed some of the book’s words in a visual way:“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...
  • Jason
    1970-01-01
    I love this book. It is a bible and a guide for living a truly deep life and recognizing our belonging in the universe. It teaches love in the deepest sense: encountering the sacred in others and in ourselves. Every paragraph and every reading reveals another gem, which is why this just might be one of those books to carry everywhere: it is multifariously deep. There are times I am impatient and look for a practical guide to help me 'get there'. ...
  • Libby
    1970-01-01
    One of my all time favorite books! I can't believe I didn't add this sooner! I can't remember what year I read it, though.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 favor...
  • Monette Chilson
    1970-01-01
    Few books stick with me as this one has. I read it slowly—a snippet or two every day for months. In truth, the density of its words seemed to require this. I could sit with one sentence all day, rolling it around like a fine wine on my tongue, picking up the undertones that weren't at first blush apparent. Reading it, you will find yourself immersed in Celtic spirituality, learning by exposure to rather than exhaustive explanation of the Celtic...
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    I meant TEN STARS! Is this the new gorgeous Bible yet? Is it poetry hiding as prose? Is this religion hiding as beauty? Is this a guide on how to live hiding as love? You don't read this book; it reads you. You float on it, you dive into it, you are cleansed by it. I read fast like a fiend and this book I had to eat slowly. Every line is a meditation.No one I have ever met who has read him is not head over heels. He is our favorite PhD in philoso...
  • Shrikanya
    1970-01-01
    This is one of the best spiritual book I have read. It talks about the circle of everything, from Birth to Death, from Night to Day, From beginning to end. This is a book you can read again and again and I am sure you will find something new each time, you read it.
  • Steve Nobel
    1970-01-01
    I have met John a couple of times in London before his death. Such a poetic soul and wonderful writer. All his books are worth reading. They put you in touch with the poetic and spiritual Celtic traditions of Ireland.
  • Valentina Fyorh
    1970-01-01
    This book went far beyond my initial expectations. I have fallen in love with it , and it gives a new perspective on the way one can think. It is absolutely beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a spiritual book full of wisdom.
  • Trilety
    1970-01-01
    Oh - what didn't I learn from this book. I underlined nearly 30% of it - definite must read - guides you into changing your perception - leading you away from the same window out of which you have stood looking for so many years - and interesting take on the nature and spirituality of erotica