Anam Cara [Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition]: A Book of Celtic Wisdom (Paperback)
"Anam Cara is a rare synthesis of philosophy, poetry, and spirituality. This work will have a powerful and life-transforming experience for those who read it." —Deepak Chopra
A twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the classic work of Celtic spirituality and mysticism, updated with new material, including an Introduction, Afterword and P.S. section.
In this revered classic, the late poet, philosopher, and scholar John O'Donohue helps us discover the divine within us as he guides us on a journey to the sacred space where the eternal meets the soul. Anam Cara, Gaelic for "soul friend," is a timeless collection of ancient Celtic wisdom, poetry, stories, and blessings that offer 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 recognition
- The body is the angel of the soul
- Solitude is luminous
- Beauty likes neglected places
- The passionate heart never ages
- To be natural is to be holy
- Silence is the sister of the divine
- Death as an invitation to freedom
Allowing us to experience the grace of Celtic benediction, Anam Cara nourishes the heart and elevates the spirit.
About the Author
John O'Donohue was a poet, philosopher, and scholar and a native Gaelic speaker from County Clare, Ireland. He was awarded a PhD in Philosophical Theology from the University of Tübingen, with post-doctoral study of Meister Eckhart. John's numerous international best-selling books include Anam Cara, Beauty, Eternal Echoes, and the beloved To Bless the Space Between Us / Benedictus, among many others, guiding readers through the landscape of the Irish imagination. He died in 2008.
"Anam Cara is a rare synthesis of philosophy, poetry, and spirituality. This work will have a powerful and life-transforming experience for those who read it." — Deepak Chopra
“This book is a phenomenon in itself . . . a book to read and reread forever, its style of varied narration responds to our times.” — Irish Times
"Anam Cara is a radiant source of wisdom, a link between the human and the divine. This work is a blessed, rare gem." — Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Be Careful What You Pray For, Prayer Is Good Medicine, and Healing Words
"This beautifully written book proves that tireless wisdom can bring an amazing understanding about ourselves and the world around us even today." — Dannion Brinkley author of, Saved by the Light and Peace in the Light
"A lively spiritual companion to all Celts—or to those who are Celtic in their hearts." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"John O'Donohue is an unassuming man with a grand sense of humor. . . charming." — Joy Redfield Kwapien, author of The Celestine Journal