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To Bless the Space Between Us

A Book of Blessings
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Doubleday
 | 
March, 2008
ISBN:
9780385522274
In stock now: 
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$32.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Here’s a beautiful collection of contemporary blessings to help readers through both the everyday and the extraordinary passages of a life.

John O’Donohue, Irish teacher and poet, passed away in early 2008. He 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—blessedly completed before his departure “to the realms of gold,” his compelling blend of elegant, poetic language and spiritual insight offers readers comfort and encouragement on their journeys. 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.

 

Here the poet and the priest in John come together in heartful, poetic blessings with apt story and commentary. What a lovely book!

 

From For Love in a Time of Conflict

 

When the weave of affection starts to unravel

And anger begins to sear the ground between you,

Before this weather of grief invites

The black seed of bitterness to find root,

May your souls come to kiss.

Now is the time for one of you to be gracious,

To allow a kindness beyond thought and hurt,

Reach out with sure hands

To take the chalice of your love,

And carry it carefully through this echoless waste

Until this winter pilgrimage leads you

Toward the gateway to spring.

Following seven rhythms of the human journey—Beginnings, Desires, Thresholds, Homecomings, States of Heart, Callings, and Beyond Endings—more than eighty invocations in this collection can be used as meditations for deeper contemplation or as simple prayers for ourselves or our loved ones.

Included are blessings in praise of Fire, for Light, for a New Home, for Eros, for Friendship, for a new Father, at the Threshold of Womanhood, for Death, on Meeting a Stranger, to Come Home to Yourself, for Grief, for Suffering, for One who is Exhausted, for Marriage, for the Time of Necessary Decision, for Broken Trust, for the Dying, for the Breakup of a Relationship, for Equilibrium… and many more. These lyrical selections “will invite you to awaken your own power to bless, and will suggest to you that secret world of healing and plenitude and providence that encircles, shelters, and guides your every breath and step.”

May your inner eye

See through the surfaces

And glean the real presence

Of everything that meets you.

May your soul beautify

The desire of your eyes

That you might glimpse

The infinity that hides

In the simple sights

That seem worn

To your usual eyes.

John O’Donohue wrote several books, including Beauty and the international bestsellers Anam Cara and Eternal Echoes.

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

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 ODonohue, 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. ODonohue looks at lifes thresholdsgetting married, having children, starting a new joband offers invaluable guidelines for making the transition from a known, familiar world into a new, unmapped territory. Most profoundly, however, ODonohue explains blessing as a way of life, as a lens through which the whole world is transformed.

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

From the author of the best-selling Anam Cara comes a beautiful collection of blessings to help readers through both the everyday and the extraordinary events of their lives. O'Donohue, an 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. O'Donohue offers invaluable guidelines for crossing life's thresholds - getting married, having children, starting a new job. Most profoundly, however, he explains "blessing" as a way of life. 160 pp.

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