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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 O’Donohue, 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. 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.

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

From Publishers Weekly

What does it mean to bless others and ourselves? In this collection of O''Donohue''s poetic prayers, the author of Beauty and Anam Cara focuses on bringing God''s blessings into the liminal spaces in our lives: times of transition, grieving, change or preparation for the unknown. Some of the blessings are for specific situations that are bread-and-butter staples of other prayer books, such as benedictions over births, weddings, new jobs or new homes. Others are unexpected and bravely dark, including a prayer for the loved ones left behind after a suicide, or for a parent after the death of a child. O''Donohue is not afraid to tackle the fear and guilt that many harbor secretly, bringing shame and addiction out into the open even while celebrating new life and new love. His writing is sensitive and deep: As light departs to let the earth be one with night, Silence deepens in the mind, and thoughts grow slow; The basket of twilight brims over with colors, he says of evening Vespers. The book closes with the Irish priest''s personal—and often profound—musings on the act of blessing, drawing on Celtic spirituality and the wisdom of poets and philosophers. (Feb. 19)
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Praise for John O’Donohue

“John O’Donohue is a man of the soul. His scholarly meditation on the continuing relevance of Ireland’s spiritual heritage has become a publishing phenomenon.…”
London Times

Anam Cara

“A 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 and Healing Words

“This beautifully written book proves that tireless wisdom can bring an amazing understanding about ourselves and the world around us even today.”
—Dannion Brinkley author of Saved by the Light and At Peace in the Light
Eternal Echoes

“O’Donohue has produced a treasury for readers of all faiths. A demanding, high-wire existentialist adventure that will inspire readers to re-evaluate their goals and ways of being in the world. O’Donohue ends each chapter with a lyrical blessing or prayer, and his book itself is a profound, healing prayer.”
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

JOHN O’DONOHUE is the author of several books, including, most recently, Beauty, and the international bestsellers Anam Cara and Eternal Echoes, as well as two collections of poetry, Echoes of Memory and Conamara Blues. He lives in Ireland and frequently travels to the United States to give lectures and conduct workshops.

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1    Beginnings

There are days when Conamara is wreathed in blue Tuscan light. The mountains seem to waver as though they were huge dark ships on a distant voyage. I love to climb up into the silence of these vast autonomous structures. What seems like a pinnacled summit from beneath becomes a level plateau when you arrive there. Born in a red explosion of ascending fire, the granite lies cold, barely marked by the millions of years of rain and wind. On this primeval ground I feel I have entered into a pristine permanence, a continuity here that knew the wind hundreds of millions of years before a human face ever felt it.

When we arrive into the world, we enter this ancient sequence. All our beginnings happen within this continuity. Beginnings often frighten us because they seem like lonely voyages into the unknown. Yet, in truth, no beginning is empty or isolated. We seem to think that beginning is setting out from a lonely point along some line of direction into the unknown. This is not the case. Shelter and energy come alive when a beginning is embraced. Goethe says that once the commitment is made, destiny conspires with us to support and realize it. We are never as alone in our beginnings as it might seem at the time. A beginning is ultimately an invitation to open toward the gifts and growth that are stored up for us. To refuse to begin can be an act of great self-neglect.

Perhaps beginnings make us anxious because we did not begin ourselves. Others began us. Being conceived and born, we eventually enter upon ourselves already begun, already there. Instinctively we grasp onto and continue within the continuity in which we find ourselves. Indeed, our very life here depends directly on continuous acts of beginning. But these beginnings are out of our hands; they decide themselves. This is true of our breathing and our heartbeat. Beginning precedes us, creates us, and constantly takes us to new levels and places and people. There is nothing to fear in the act of beginning. More often than not it knows the journey ahead better than we ever could. Perhaps the art of harvesting the secret riches of our lives is best achieved when we place profound trust in the act of beginning. Risk might be our greatest ally. To live a truly creative life, we always need to cast a critical look at where we presently are, attempting always to discern where we have become stagnant and where new beginning might be ripening. There can be no growth if we do not remain open and vulnerable to what is new and different. I have never seen anyone take a risk for growth that was not rewarded a thousand times over.

There is a certain innocence about beginning, with its excitement and promise of something new. But this will emerge only through undertaking some voyage into the unknown. And no one can foretell what the unknown might yield. There are journeys we have begun that have brought us great inner riches and refinement; but we had to travel through dark valleys of difficulty and suffering. Had we known at the beginning what the journey would demand of us, we might never have set out. Yet the rewards and gifts became vital to who we are. Through the innocence of beginning we are often seduced into growth.

Sometimes the greatest challenge is to actually begin; there is something deep in us that conspires with what wants to remain within safe boundaries and stay the same. Years ago my neighbor here set out to build his new home. He had just stripped the sod off the field to begin digging out the foundation when an old man from the village happened to come by. He blessed the work and said, "You have the worst of it behind you now." My neighbor laughed and said, "But I have only just begun." The old man said, "That''s what I mean. You have begun; and to make a real beginning is the most difficult act." There is an old Irish proverb that says, "Tus maith leath na hoibre." "A good beginning is half the work."  There seems to be a wisdom here, when one considers all the considerations, hesitation, and uncertainty that can claim our hearts for such a long time before the actual act of beginning happens. Sometimes a period of preparation is necessary, where the idea of the beginning can gestate and refine itself; yet quite often we unnecessarily postpone and equivocate when we should simply take the risk and leap into a new beginning.

The Greeks believed that time had secret structure. There was the moment of Epiphany when time suddenly opened and something was revealed in luminous clarity. There was the moment of krisis when time got entangled and directions became confused and contradictory. There was also the moment of kairos; this was the propitious moment. Time opened up in kindness and promise. All the energies cohered to offer a fecund occasion of initiative, creativity, and promise. Part of the art of living wisely is to learn to recognize and attend to such profound openings in one''s life. In the letters between Boris Pasternak and Olga Ivinskaya there is the beautiful recognition: "When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, its sound is often no louder than the beating of your heart and it is very easy to miss it." To live a conscious life, we need to constantly refine our listening.

The Jewish tradition believed that time had its own psychic seasons. In the book of Ecclesiastes there is a list of the correspondences between certain events and their proper time:


To every thing, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a

time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.


Before it occurs, a beginning can be a long time in preparation. This is why some beginnings take off with great assuredness, and one can instinctively recognize that the right direction has been chosen. Without any struggle, one enters into a fluency that seemed to have been awaiting one''s choice. Other beginnings are awkward and slow, and it takes considerable time before the new path opens or welcomes one. Sometimes beginnings can catch us unawares. Often when something is ending we discover within it the spore of new beginning, and a whole new train of possibility is in motion before we even realize it.

When the heart is ready for a fresh beginning, unforeseen things can emerge. And in a sense, this is exactly what a beginning does. It is an opening for surprises. Surrounding the intention and the act of beginning, there are always exciting possibilities. This inevitably excites artists. So much can actually happen between the moment the brush is taken into the hand and the moment it touches the canvas. Such beginnings have their own mind, and they invite and unveil new gifts and arrivals in one''s life. Beginnings are new horizons that want to be seen; they are not regressions or repetitions. Somehow they win clearance and become fiercely free of the grip of the past. What is the new horizon in you that wants to be seen?


Matins

1

Somewhere, out at the edges, the night

Is turning and the waves of darkness

Begin to brighten the shore of dawn


The heavy dark falls back to earth

And the freed air goes wild with light,

The heart fills with fresh, bright breath

And thoughts stir to give birth to color.

2

I arise today


In the name of Silence

Womb of the Word,

In the name of Stillness

Home of Belonging,

In the name of the Solitude

Of the Soul and the Earth.


I arise today


Blessed by all things,

Wings of breath,

Delight of eyes,

Wonder of whisper,

Intimacy of touch,

Eternity of soul,

Urgency of thought,

Miracle of health,

Embrace of God.


May I live this day


Compassionate of heart,

Clear in word,

Gracious in awareness,

Courageous in thought,

Generous in love.

A Morning Offering

I bless the night that nourished my heart

To set the ghosts of longing free

Into the flow and figure of dream

That went to harvest from the dark

Bread for the hunger no one sees.


All that is eternal in me

Welcomes the wonder of this day,

The field of brightness it creates

Offering time for each thing

To arise and illuminate.


I place on the altar of dawn:

The quiet loyalty of breath,

The tent of thought where I shelter,

Waves of desire I am shore to

And all beauty drawn to the eye.


May my mind come alive today

To the invisible geography

That invites me to new frontiers,

To break the dead shell of yesterdays,

To risk being disturbed and changed.


May I have the courage today

To live the life that I would love,

To postpone my dream no longer

But do at last what I came here for

And waste my heart on fear no more.

A Blessing for the New Year

beannacht

For Josie.


On the day when

The weight deadens

On your shoulders

And you stumble,

May the clay dance

To balance you.


And when your eyes

Freeze behind

The gray window

And the ghost of loss

Gets into you,

May a flock of colors,

Indigo, red, green

And azure blue,

Come to awaken in you

A meadow of delight.


When the canvas frays

In the curragh 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 work these words

Of love around you,

An invisible cloak

To mind your life.

In Praise of Fire

Let us praise the grace and risk of Fire.


In the beginning,

The Word was red,

And the sound was thunder,

And the wound in the unseen

Spilled forth the red weather of being.


In the name of the Fire,

The Flame

And the Light:

Praise the pure presence of fire

That burns from within

Without thought of time.


The hunger of Fire has no need

For the reliquary of the future;

It adores the eros of now,

Where the memory of the earth

In flames that lick and drink the air

Is made to release


Its long-enduring forms

In a powder of ashes

Left for the wind to decipher.


As air intensifies the hunger of fire,

May the thought of death

Breathe new urgency

Into our love of life.


As fire cleanses dross,

May the flame of passion

Burn away what is false.


As short as the time

From spark to flame,

So brief may the distance be

Between heart and being.


May we discover

Beneath our fear

Embers of anger

To kindle justice.


May courage

Cause our lives to flame,

In the name of the Fire,

And the Flame

And the Light.


For a New Beginning

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,

Where your thoughts never think to wander,

This beginning has been quietly forming,

Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,

Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,

Noticing how you willed yourself on,

Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.


It watched you play with the seduction of safety

And the gray promises that sameness whispered,

Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,

Wondered would you always live like this.


Then the delight, when your courage kindled,

And out you stepped onto new ground,

Your eyes young again with energy and dream,

A path of plenitude opening before you.


Though your destination is not yet clear

You can trust the promise of this opening;

Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning

That is at one with your life''s desire.


Awaken your spirit to adventure;

Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;

Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,

For your soul senses the world that awaits you.


For Light

Light cannot see inside things.

That is what the dark is for:

Minding the interior,

Nurturing the draw of growth

Through places where death

In its own way turns into life.


In the glare of neon times,

Let our eyes not be worn

By surfaces that shine

With hunger made attractive.


That our thoughts may be true light,

Finding their way into words

Which have the weight of shadow

To hold the layers of truth.


That we never place our trust

In minds claimed by empty light,

Where one-sided certainties

Are driven by false desire.


When we look into the heart,

May our eyes have the kindness

And reverence of candlelight.


That the searching of our minds

Be equal to the oblique

Crevices and corners where

The mystery continues to dwell,

glimmering in fugitive light.


When we are confined inside

The dark house of suffering

That moonlight might find a window.


When we become false and lost

That the severe noon-light

Would cast our shadow clear.


When we love, that dawn-light

Would lighten our feet

Upon the waters.


As we grow old, that twilight

Would illuminate treasure

In the fields of memory.


And when we come to search for God,

Let us first be robed in night,

Put on the mind of morning

To feel the rush of light

Spread slowly inside

The color and stillness

Of a found world.


For the Artist at the Start of Day

May morning be astir with the harvest of night;

Your mind quickening to the eros of a new question,

Your eyes seduced by some unintended glimpse

That cut right through the surface to a source.


May this be a morning of innocent beginning,

When the gift within you slips clear

Of the sticky web of the personal

With its hurt and its hauntings,

And fixed fortress corners,


A morning when you become a pure vessel

For what wants to ascend from silence,


May your imagination know

The grace of perfect danger,


To reach beyond imitation,

And the wheel of repetition,


Deep into the call of all

The unfinished and unsolved


Until the veil of the unknown yields

And something original begins

To stir toward your senses

And grow stronger in your heart

In order to come to birth

In a clean line of form,

That claims from time

A rhythm not yet heard,

That calls space to

A different shape.

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I am changed in a most amazing way
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2018
This book is beautiful and inspiring. I bought it for my mom, but after an experience rooted in reading it I had to buy two more copies to give away and kept this one. One day before work it moved me to tears, and I made a sort of despairing extremely... See more
This book is beautiful and inspiring. I bought it for my mom, but after an experience rooted in reading it I had to buy two more copies to give away and kept this one.

One day before work it moved me to tears, and I made a sort of despairing extremely uncharacteristic plea to abrahamic capital G God "what am I doing with my life?! How have I neglected my purpose and experience on earth for so long?! ARE YOU THERE GOD? IM LOST SEND ME A SIGN!" This was the first time I sincerely spoke to this particular godhead since early childhood. That night while waiting tables a stranger who''s table got up to leave blocked my path and insisted on speaking to me. When I brushed her off She said "God heard you cry out to him today, he says he has a message for you." AND I KID YOU NOT she described aspects of my spiritual practice no person has seen, repeated verbatim my prayer from hours before, mentioned a devastating experience from ten months before I kept private, a dream my mother had the night before I was born...and my divine purpose."

I''m not saying you will receive direct verbal answers from God after you buy this book, but I am saying there is something very special in these blessings. Something that alters you, and brings you perhaps just a little bit closer to the omnipresent divine.
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For those who celebrate Christianity, or just the Universe, this delivers peace and understanding
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This book is not only a collection of blessings for almost any occasions, but practicing them, will not only bring you joy, but EMPOWER YOU to give joy to others, to forgive others by blessing them, and severing their pain from your life, by wishing them joy, and by... See more
This book is not only a collection of blessings for almost any occasions, but practicing them, will not only bring you joy, but EMPOWER YOU to give joy to others, to forgive others by blessing them, and severing their pain from your life, by wishing them joy, and by appreciating literally everything--what better way is there to serve our planet? Whether you are Christian, Jewish, whatever you are...if you believe in the power of blessing, this book is an all-spiritual-encompassing way to understanding the divine grace in everything, from water to relationships. The late John O''Donahue has such a command of appreciating life, and articulating the emotions of the heart with the most delicate language, that many of these blessings, will bring tears to the reader. He celebrates those who have touched us as "placing flowers on the alter of the heart."....I am so very blessed to have been introduced to this author for something so important to me...I have been struggling with forgiveness of someone who has been a tremendous source of pain for many people in my life, and especially to myself. No matter how much I prayed, and understood that forgiveness, as one celebrant told me is "like an onion", with many layers to peel off, especially if it''s very deeply rooted pain since your childhood, I was unable to breach that barrier until I read this book, and understood that blessing someone....asking God and the Universe to help that person with a prayer with the intent of getting them to a better state, is the fastest way to eliminate this source of pain from your life. And as a result also severs that connection you''ve long been trying to rid yourself of. I am not saying this book is an alternative to therapy, counseling or even psychotherapy--I have tried all of those things, and some of my therapy is ongoing to ensure the road to recovery, but this book has finally taken a huge burden of weight and burned it, with light. May you rest in peace, John O''Donahue.
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Retitled Benedictus
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I love John O''Donohue, and bought this book because I love Benedictus, and worried that his works were going out of print. I was disappointed to discover this is not a second book of blessings, but a retitled Benedictus. Would not have bought it knowing it was the same... See more
I love John O''Donohue, and bought this book because I love Benedictus, and worried that his works were going out of print. I was disappointed to discover this is not a second book of blessings, but a retitled Benedictus. Would not have bought it knowing it was the same content. The content is beautiful, but I like the format and printing of Benedictus better.
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Beautiful book and words., and a tool for reflecting on life''s many moments that deserve our blessing.
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2017
This is the fifth copy I''ve bought of this book, which is not only a personal favorite, but a favorite gift for friends at times of celebration, sorrow, challenge, or transition in their lives. John O''Donohue''s writing is luminous, inspiring and timeless. There is a... See more
This is the fifth copy I''ve bought of this book, which is not only a personal favorite, but a favorite gift for friends at times of celebration, sorrow, challenge, or transition in their lives. John O''Donohue''s writing is luminous, inspiring and timeless. There is a blessing in this beautiful, small volume for almost any occasion, and it serves as a reminder of how many everyday moments deserve to be honored with reflection and "blessing."
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I bought this book because I read a poem on FB that is in this book. This book of poetry contains different poems for all different occasions of our life. The one I initially liked is called "A Blessing for the New Year (Beannacht)" - Mr. O''Donohue is Irish - the... See more
I bought this book because I read a poem on FB that is in this book. This book of poetry contains different poems for all different occasions of our life. The one I initially liked is called "A Blessing for the New Year (Beannacht)" - Mr. O''Donohue is Irish - the book has different sections of poetry: Beginnings; Desires; Thresholds; Homecomings; States of Heart; Callings; and Beyond Endings. I haven''t read too many of the other poems at this point. The poem Beannacht touched my soul and I felt I wanted this book.
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Knowing what I understand now about John O''Donohue, life, death now changing in form- I would not be anywhere without this book. It goes with me to the seashore. It wanders with me out into the woods. It lays still sometimes in the bathroom where I hope a loved one... See more
Knowing what I understand now about John O''Donohue, life, death now changing in form- I would not be anywhere without this book.
It goes with me to the seashore. It wanders with me out into the woods. It lays still sometimes in the bathroom where I hope a loved one might pick it up when wondering, when questioning, when painfully realizing that they are beside themselves, disconnected- somewhere between the pages, the spaces- connections are made again.

Often, this book is found laying on a little table in my hoop house, where I confer with the chickens and we all agree in a way to go along and take the next breath with a greater appreciation. The chickens cluck as they are apt to do and I find my self thankful and longing for more such simple blessings.
With each reading of this book, of every page utilized by my own struggles or by my reaching out to someone who needs simply to be understood, compassionately- I am enriched. Those around me, living and breathing are blessed too by the beauty left upon me with each reading by the eternal echoes found and sounded over and over again.

I cannot say I found answers in To Bless the Space Between Us, only understandings. And on every page, John O''Donohue understands lovingly and with great compassion.
The book is a blessing.
It does help me to understand better, to chip away the covering on what seems like stone, but is eventually reduced to powdery clay.
A book of blessings, yes. A book of beauty, far reaching. A book of us, absolutely.
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I would love to give this book a 5 star rating. But the formatting is so bad I have to give it a 3....average. It was a huge error, imo, to print the book with yellow titles which are very hard to see unless you''re in bright light, and blue print. It''s not a book you can... See more
I would love to give this book a 5 star rating. But the formatting is so bad I have to give it a 3....average. It was a huge error, imo, to print the book with yellow titles which are very hard to see unless you''re in bright light, and blue print. It''s not a book you can sit down with and read at leisure unless the light you''re in is strong. Author choice or Publisher choice? I have to wonder how the Kindle version looks.
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Beautiful and lyrical
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I found out about this beautiful book from my yoga teacher, who read one of the blessings aloud to the class in honor of a teacher at the studio who is moving away. I was instantly hooked. This isn''t a narrative - instead, this book is almost like Psalms. It features... See more
I found out about this beautiful book from my yoga teacher, who read one of the blessings aloud to the class in honor of a teacher at the studio who is moving away. I was instantly hooked. This isn''t a narrative - instead, this book is almost like Psalms. It features gorgeous blessings for changes, beginnings, new houses, new parents, you name it, it''s got it. And when I say they''re gorgeous, I mean they are gorgeous. Beautifully written and lyrical, these blessings are something you''ll want to bestow on yourself and those you love. I sent a copy to a dear friend who lost her mother unexpectedly, and she loved it.
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This is the American Edition of "Benedictus" by the same author with a different cover and title. As I didn''t want two copies of the same book I returned to Amazon for a refund. No quibble from Customer Services so full marks to them!
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A beautiful book.
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I nearly missed out on this book having read a review saying it was the American or Canadian version of A Book of Blessings, the English version. It is not. The blessings and verses are completely different, and there are reflections within each chapter too. I really wanted...See more
I nearly missed out on this book having read a review saying it was the American or Canadian version of A Book of Blessings, the English version. It is not. The blessings and verses are completely different, and there are reflections within each chapter too. I really wanted the prose ‘now is the time to lie low.....’ which is contained within a poem only found in this book. It is a book full of thought, wisdom, reflections, and comfort. As a John O’Donoghue fan I am so glad I have not missed out on this book. Highly recommend it.
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Companionable book of wisdom
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Superb personal testimony conveyed through insightful poems and deeply reflective prose passages. Death figures largely in these writings, but always positive, hopeful and forward-looking. Not surprising as O''Donohue died soon after publication. O''Donohue is no...See more
Superb personal testimony conveyed through insightful poems and deeply reflective prose passages. Death figures largely in these writings, but always positive, hopeful and forward-looking. Not surprising as O''Donohue died soon after publication. O''Donohue is no sentimentalist and these writings are full of a deep considered wisdom. An antidote to the crass materialism and shallow values prevalent in our society today.
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simple verses that will touch your soul
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 18, 2013
This was my first venture into the greatness of O''Donohue, and I hope it will not be my last. Superb prayers and poems fill this volume with great thoughts and blessings. "for one who is exhausted" was the poem that grasped me so strongly and I love to read it again...See more
This was my first venture into the greatness of O''Donohue, and I hope it will not be my last. Superb prayers and poems fill this volume with great thoughts and blessings. "for one who is exhausted" was the poem that grasped me so strongly and I love to read it again and again. I read the birthday verse to my wife on the eve of her 50th birthday and together we enjoyed those words spoken over one in exile. This book is full of warmth and good ethical thinking that will stimulate the good in you, making you think of better times, places and ways. A bargain and a welcome addition to my bookshelf.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2021
This is a beautiful edition of the book that I paid extra for because I saw someone read from this one. A beautiful wordsmith that understood people in all kinds of situations and gave words to inspire and comfort.
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