Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

by John O'Donohue


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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 recognition
  • The body is the angel of the soul
  • Solitude is luminous
  • Beauty likes neglected places
  • The passionate heart never ages
  • To benatural is to be holy
  • Silence is the sister of the divine
  • Death as an invitation to freedom

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060929435
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/21/1998
Series: Harper Perennial
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 37,135
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

John O'Donohue was awarded a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from the University of Tübingen in 1990. He is the author of several works, including a book on the philosophy of Hegel, Person als Vermittlung; two collections of poetry, Echoes of Memory and Conamara Blues; and two international bestsellers, Anam Cara and Eternal Echoes. He lectures and holds workshops in Europe and America, and is currently researching a book on the philosophical mysticism of Meister Eckhart. He lives in Ireland.

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Anam Cara 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anam Cara has been a constant companion of mine and a spiritual treasury since I discovered it 4 years ago. I cherish this book and it's author, John O'Donohue and so will you. My life has been blessed with the wisdom I have taken in from this masterpiece. If you are on a spiritual journey of your own or if you have a hunger for the spiritual & devine, you will treasure this book. John O'Donohue takes you on that spiritual journey, touching your heart and nourishing your soul by linking the human with the devine. You won't be able to put this book down.
literatissima More than 1 year ago
Anam Cara means "soul friend" in Gaelic. This book of Celtic wisdom explores life, friendship, love, relationships, work and death from a very soulful perspective. I particularly enjoyed the application of various Celtic sayings and poems throughout. The Universal message of the book is essential for everyone, regardless of cultural background. I would highly recommend this book to those that seek, those that enjoy reading about spirituality and those who have an interest in ancient Celtic wisdom.
stefID More than 1 year ago
I was required to read this for my class and it turned out to be the most beautiful book I have ever read. Its eloquence touched my soul. O'Donahue gives the reader a true spiritual perspective on life in all its aspects. I feel grandly fortunate to have been given the gift to read this. I highly recommend it to those seeking answers to spiritual questions.
denfrog More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful little book that caught my eye as I was purchasing a self help book for myself. This book was much more helpful to me than the book that I went to buy. My own interest in Celtic history and culture were also enriched by the ideas that the author explored. The wisdom that I found in the book has been very useful to me in my journey through a difficult time. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in those mysteries of the Irish spirit. The poems and quotes used were particularly appropriate to the ponts the author illustrated. I will keep this book on my bookshelf next to my collection of Yeats poetry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes me to a beginning of my coming to life where the most natural of beauty in the thoughts, feelings, senses, and the good conscious of the world seem to remain. Through this book, I returned to the essence of Love and of Being I once knew some place, somewhere, before the moment of my birth. Through the Anam Cara, I am reached back to the time of my birth and despite who I have become, reconnect to the smell, touch, vision and sounds of the truth of devine Love, Life and Death. I am whole again. The Anam Cara, combines philosophy with poetry and Celtic mantra that might serve as a cleasing to the most evil of hearts, and a source of inspiration for Love, Friendship, Trust and Hope within the self and human relationship throughout the world and beyond. Great lessons from one person's view on Celtic beliefs, expressions, poetry, philosophy, imagination, prayers, rhythms, wisdom, spirituality, vibrations, vision, family, friendship, and Love. Recommended reading on a quarterly basis. I found myself on a train sharing it with a woman sitting next to me....I had to let someone else read what I had in that moment, 3 years ago. I haven't stopped sharing it. Don't you stop. Sincere thanks to John O'Donohue!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a lovely book. I have given it to numerous people. You must have a soul open to love and beauty to really appreciate this book. John O'Donohue provides beautiful images that connect on a soul level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has so much truth and wisdom - it needs to be read again and again. I just love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
And many many truths. I purchased this book while touring the British Isles, and was inspired by it to research more by the same author. Common sense, but with a spiritual reach to it, this book will open many 'ah'ha's' to your own spiritual journey. ENJOY as much as I did.
mckait on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book that touched me deeply. To put it very simply, it is a book about friendship. That "soul friend" that each of us long for and yet so few of us are fortunate to claim. This is a story of humanity and yearning. It is a story of love and loss and spirituality. O'Donohue writes in a poetic and compassionate way about life.
irishkitsune on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a truly insightful book. The title translates as "soul friend," and Donohue talks in-depth about ancient Celtic wisdom and spirituality. If you have interest in any spirituality at all, not just shamanism, I really recommend this book.
lunaverse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(From my review on Amazon in 1998.)Each sentence is a ponderable morsel.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 only just finished it last night, because each sentance was a ponderable morsel. Sometimes I would read a phrase five times over in order to fully grasp and apply it's meaning to my life. This is not a 70 mph trip through the McDonald's drive-thru, this is a seven course meal in Vienna, and every bite demands that you hold it in your mouth to savor it.Anam Cara is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. I plan to read it again in a year or so, because I know I will get new things out of it. I am already loaning it to a friend, and have a couple of others in mind I'd like to loan it to. I can't keep this from the ones I love.
Maggie_Foote on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I rarely read spiritual books, but I'm glad I read this one. O'Donohue writes lyrical prose, telling us to have compassion, to find our soul friends, to sink into the bliss of solitude, and to find our way to the other side. This from a man who has done scholarly work on Hagel. I recommend this book to anyone seeking peace and calm in the turbulence of life.
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