To Bless the Space Between Us

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From the author of the bestselling Anam Cara comes a beautiful collection of blessings to help readers through both the everyday and the extraordinary events of their lives.

John O’Donohue, Irish teacher and poet, has been widely praised for his gift of drawing on Celtic spiritual traditions to create words of inspiration and wisdom for today. In To Bless the Space Between Us, his compelling blend of elegant, poetic language and spiritual insight offers readers comfort and ...

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Overview

From the author of the bestselling Anam Cara comes a beautiful collection of blessings to help readers through both the everyday and the extraordinary events of their lives.

John O’Donohue, Irish teacher and poet, has been widely praised for his gift of drawing on Celtic spiritual traditions to create words of inspiration and wisdom for today. In To Bless the Space Between Us, his compelling blend of elegant, poetic language and spiritual insight offers readers comfort and encouragement on their journeys through life. O’Donohue looks at life’s thresholds—getting married, having children, starting a new job—and offers invaluable guidelines for making the transition from a known, familiar world into a new, unmapped territory. Most profoundly, however, O’Donohue explains “blessing” as a way of life, as a lens through which the whole world is transformed.

O’Donohue awakens readers to timeless truths and shows the power they have to answer contemporary dilemmas and ease us through periods of change.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for John O’Donohue

“John O’Donohue is a man of the soul. His scholarly meditation on the continuing relevance of Ireland’s spiritual heritage has become a publishing phenomenon.…”
London Times

Anam Cara

“A lively spiritual companion to all Celts—or to those who are Celtic in their hearts.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“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 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 At Peace in the Light
Eternal Echoes

“O’Donohue has produced a treasury for readers of all faiths. A demanding, high-wire existentialist adventure that will inspire readers to re-evaluate their goals and ways of being in the world. O’Donohue ends each chapter with a lyrical blessing or prayer, and his book itself is a profound, healing prayer.”
Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly

What does it mean to bless others and ourselves? In this collection of O'Donohue's poetic prayers, the author of Beauty and Anam Carafocuses on bringing God's blessings into the liminal spaces in our lives: times of transition, grieving, change or preparation for the unknown. Some of the blessings are for specific situations that are bread-and-butter staples of other prayer books, such as benedictions over births, weddings, new jobs or new homes. Others are unexpected and bravely dark, including a prayer for the loved ones left behind after a suicide, or for a parent after the death of a child. O'Donohue is not afraid to tackle the fear and guilt that many harbor secretly, bringing shame and addiction out into the open even while celebrating new life and new love. His writing is sensitive and deep: "As light departs to let the earth be one with night, Silence deepens in the mind, and thoughts grow slow; The basket of twilight brims over with colors," he says of evening Vespers. The book closes with the Irish priest's personal-and often profound-musings on the act of blessing, drawing on Celtic spirituality and the wisdom of poets and philosophers. (Feb. 19)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385522274
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 33,427
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN O’DONOHUE is the author of several books, including, most recently, Beauty, and the international bestsellers Anam Cara and Eternal Echoes, as well as two collections of poetry, Echoes of Memory and Conamara Blues. He lives in Ireland and frequently travels to the United States to give lectures and conduct workshops.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    Don't Miss a Library Essential - for poets or anyone involved in spirtual supporting others in life's journey

    I love this book for it never ceases to provide comfort to me and usefulness in ministry to others. It is an absolute must have for anyone in need of soul-food for themselves, or others. No matter the occasion, I can always turn to this book and find an appropriate reading. As a chaplain, in hospice, the hospital, or the church, I never want this book to be out of reach. It is indispensable and unmatched.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    A Beautiful, Life-Affirming Book for Every Day

    This is a precious, beautifully written book from a brilliantly enlightened, wise man, John O'Donohue. When I saw him speak on public broadcasting I was immediately compelled to go buy his books. This book sits by my bedside and I turn to it for comfort and guidance. It speaks to all of life's new beginnings, thresholds and endings - with such a deep understanding and truth. You realize that every moment is as it should be and within everything there is beauty.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    We have been "blessed"

    I purchased my first O'Donohue book in Ireland, Anam Cara, and became a huge fan. When I heard he had died, I purchased "his" audio recording of his book of blessings. (What a voice!) I laughed. I cried. I had to have the book so I could re-visit the simple, the eloquent, the beautiful whenever I had need.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    A wonderful resource

    This book is rich with shared thoughts that may be helpful at different times.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    A Spiritual Lift

    These books by John O'Donohue are great for showing you the life around you. It will bring peace into a chaotic life. Don't let this one get by.

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