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An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom

A Little Guide to Mystery, Spirit, and Compassion
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Hampton Roads Publishing
 | 
October, 2018
ISBN:
9781571747921
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Drawing on myth, folklore, poetry, and the tales of Celtic gods and heroes, this little book is an invitation to readers to explore the spiritual tradition of the Celtic peoples—a tradition rooted in hospitality and one that is of growing importance in these increasingly fractured and troubled times.

An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom is divided into three parts:

  • The Celtic Mystery: In this section McColman illustrates the mystery inherent in the Celtic spiritual path with a brief discussion of the three streams of Celtic spirituality and an introduction to thin places and holy wells.
  • The Celtic Saints: McColman explores how faith in the Celtic saints is rooted in the desert spirituality of the early Christian tradition. Also included are profiles of Patrick, Brendan, and Bridget.
  • How to Walk the Celtic Path: In this section the author explores hospitality, spiritual direction story-telling, spiritual power, and the Grail.

Celtic spirituality emerges from the heart of hospitality, of welcoming and invitations, of coming together. It’s not particularly interested in what separates us from one another. The Celtic character is marked by kinship and convivial fellowship. It’s a spirituality of stories and adventures, of conflicts fearlessly fought and love passionately shared. In other words, the Celtic people are a people of loyalty and relationship, characterized not by the ideas in their heads but by the fire in their hearts.

McColman has written a splendid intro to a spiritual path that will appeal to both believers and seekers who are interested in all things Celtic.

Among Carl McColman’s other books are The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and Answering the Contemplative Call.

Publisher’s Description: 

Drawing on myth, folklore, poetry, and the tales of Celtic gods and heroes, this little book is an invitation to readers to explore the spiritual tradition of the Celtic peoples - a tradition rooted in hospitality and one that is of growing importance in these increasingly fractured and troubled times.

An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom is divided into three parts:

  1. The Celtic Mystery: In this section McColman illustrates the mystery inherent in the Celtic spiritual path with a brief discussion of the three streams of Celtic spirituality and an introduction to thin places and holy wells.
  2. The Celtic Saints: McColman explores how faith in the Celtic saints is rooted in the desert spirituality of the early Christian tradition. Also included are profiles of Patrick, Brendan, and Bridget.
  3. How to Walk the Celtic Path: In this section the author explores hospitality, spiritual direction story-telling, spiritual power, and the Grail.

 

McColman has written a splendid intro to a spiritual path that will appeal to both believers and seekers who are interested in all things Celtic.

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by debbywil
Sep 14, 2018

I was always attracted to the theme of the ancient and sacral. The book turned out good, read it twice and advised friends. I remember even postponed my math homework to finish reading it.