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 Tubingen, 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 is the Gaelic word for soul; cara is the word for friend. So Anam Cara means soul friend." So begins poet, priest and scholar O'Donohue as he examines the meanings and different phases of the Celtic life and how they blend together, symbolized by the Celtic circle. Through a series of short essays, he looks at love and contends that "technology and media are not uniting the world." In a world preoccupied with computers and the Internet, O'Donohue turns back to earth and nature and the Celts' obsession with them. Although a Catholic priest, he urges "acceptance of eros," which was rudimentary to the Celt. He defines "styles of visions" and breaks them down into fearful, greedy, judgmental, resentful, indifferent, inferior and loving, and he shows how they have robbed our hearts in a modern society. He looks on negative qualities‘vices to most people‘and urges us "to exercise kindness towards them." He warns "that one of the greatest sins is the unlived life." O'Donohue also examines creativity in the workplace; aging‘a time of freedom, he says‘and the importance of "time as a circle"; and finally, the meeting with the one that "came out of the womb with you"‘death. Decorated with the myths of old Ireland‘faeries, forts, ghosts, the sacredness of the land and the imagination of the people‘and ingrained with a sense of deep Irishness, this book will be a lively spiritual companion to all Celts‘or to those who are Celtic in their hearts. 150,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour; rights: Kim Witherspoon. (Oct.)
"In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition, you will find John a 'soul friend' on your own journey through life, offering support and solace, clarity, and consciousness--expanding narratives that invite you to experience relationships with people, nature, and even your inner world in new ways that nurture well-being and resilience in these challenging times." -- Daniel J. Siegel, MD, bestselling author, neuropsychiatrist What a profound joy it is rereading Anam Cara, John O'Donohue's glorious book of teachings about nature, human life, friendship, love, and loss. Anyone who ever spent time with John came away changed, as do his readers. -- Diane Ackerman, bestselling author and poetAnam 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 ChopraWith this twenty-fifth anniversary of Anam Cara, John's fervent call to dignify each other reverberates in every corner of our beautiful broken world with more urgency and presence. -- Ellen Wingard, Advocate for Social Impact Leadership The moment I read Anam Cara...I felt like I had found a kindred spirit. I love everything John has written. It comes from such a deep, profound, wise, and insightful space. -- Maria Shriver, author, advocate, and journalist"This book is a phenomenon in itself . . . a book to read and reread forever, its style of varied narration responds to our times." -- Irish TimesA 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, Prayer Is Good Medicine, and Healing WordsJohn O'Donohue is an unassuming man with a grand sense of humor. . . charming. -- Joy Redfield Kwapien, author of The Celestine Journal