Four Elements: Reflections on Nature

Four Elements: Reflections on Nature

by John O'Donohue


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From the beloved author of the bestselling To Bless the Space Between Us and Anam Cara comes a new work that shares his insights on nature and the ancient wisdom of this earth.

John O'Donohue won hundreds of thousands of admirers with his now classic work on Celtic spirituality Anam Cara. Unfortunately he died suddenly at age fifty-two just as his book of blessings, To Bless the Space Between Us, was being published. The loss of his powerfully wise and lyrical voice has been profoundly missed, but his many readers are given a special opportunity to revisit John in a new book based on a series of papers he wrote on the elements of water, stone, air, and fire, now published here for the first time. O'Donohue's readers know him as both a spiritual guide and a poet, and in this work he exhibits both qualities, sharing his Celtic heritage and his love for his native landscape in the west of Ireland. As O'Donohue explores a range of themes relating to the way we live our lives today, he reveals how the energy and rhythm of the natural world—its innocence and creativity, its power and splendor—hold profound lessons for us all. With a foreword written by his beloved brother, Pat, this illuminating book is an inspired reflection on the ancient wisdom of the earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307717603
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 338,907
Product dimensions: 8.44(w) x 5.86(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

John O'Donohue, PhD, was born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1956. He spoke Irish as his native language and lived in a remote cottage in the west of Ireland until his untimely death in January 2008. A highly respected poet and philosopher, he lectured throughout Europe and America and wrote a number of popular books, including Anam Cara and To Bless the Space Between Us.

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Four Elements: Reflections on Nature 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
rtink More than 1 year ago
Another great one from John O'Donohue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely language and fresh perspectives on old themes needed more than ever in our time of disenchantment with our planet. Deep lessons with no tedious lecturing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful look at reality from a spiritual angle. I love reading it over and over, piece by piece. It is at once relaxing and intriguing, a clever look at the inner spirit confronting nature. An intimate look at life through the Celtic soul of a very special man. He is missed.