Anam Cara

Anam Cara

A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Book - 1997 | 1st ed.
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When St. Patrick first came to Ireland in the 5th century A.D, he encountered the Celts, a unique race of people who found divinity all around them: in the rivers and hills, the sea and sky and in every kind of animal. Surviving to this day, the Celts' reverence for the spirit in all things, and their celebration of the continuous mysteries of everyday existence is a vibrant spiritual legacy unique in the Western world, one that has captured the imaginations of thousands of Americans rediscovering the wisdom of the past.

In Anam Cara (Gaelic for "soul friend"), O'Donohue takes readers into a world where God's passionate side is celebrated and the Fates are not feared. Drawing on the wisdom of the Celts and their Druid shamans; the imbas (inspirational sagas) of the wandering bards; and the sacred fountainhead of the Christian monasteries, Anam Cara goes beyond traditional religious programs to provide an intuitive and truly accessible approach to spirituality. Exploring themes such as the divinity of solitude, the spirituality of the senses, the mystery of friendship, the beauty of aging and the concept of death in the Celtic tradition, it helps readers reconnect with the world around them and awaken the power hidden in their souls.

Publisher: New York : Cliff Street Books, c1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060182793
Branch Call Number: 248.0899162 O27
Characteristics: xii, 234 p.


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Nov 27, 2017

Reading it is like listening to hauntingly beautiful music. Exquisite use of language.

Joanella Aug 21, 2013

Beautiful read. Imagine time as connected to Eternity...

dispatchpat Oct 02, 2012

ALERT! The 1 copy of "Anam Cara" seems to be missing!!!
20 holds on a non-circulating last copy...?

Mid-Manhattan Mid-Manhattan Non-Fiction Third Floor 248.0899 O DUE 09-15-12 Sep 15, 2012

Serenity77777 Nov 17, 2011

I really wish that the NYPL would
strongly consider acquiring a few
more copies of the book entitled,
"Anam Cara". Thank you.

Oct 31, 2007

An interesting view of spirituality from the Irish perspective.


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Aug 24, 2009

One of several Blessings written in the book:

"On the day when the weight burdens your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to bring you balance.

And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window and the ghost of loss gets in to you, may a flock of colours, indigo, red, green and azure blue, come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.

And when the canvas frays in the curach of thought and a stain of ocean blackens beneath you, may there come across the waters a path of yellow moonlight to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the Earth be yours; May the clarity of Light be yours; May the fluency of the Ocean be yours; May the protection of the Ancestors be yours; and, so may a slow wind wrap these words of Love around you, an invisible cloak to mind your life."

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