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Water from an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life


Water from an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life

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    Kenneth McIntosh(Author)
Today, perhaps more than ever, people are seeking genuine spiritual refreshment to relieve a sense of inner dryness. In a world where Christianity in particular and spirituality in general are often offered up in slickly marketed packages, many spiritual seekers turn instead to their ancestors' simpler and more primal knowledge of the Divine. They find that the Celts, like other indigenous groups, speak with surprising clarity to the issues of our own time.In this book, you'll discover the world of the ancient Celts, while finding practical insights for living in the twenty-first century. Using storytelling, careful research, and personal experience, the author invites you to get to know Brendan and Brigid, Columba and Patrick, as well as Myrddin (better known as Merlin) and other lesser- known figures from the great pageant of Celtic history. These stories both entertain and inspire. Rooted in legend and history, they offer us here-and-now hope and insight.The author's challenge within these pages is this: "Dare to venture into uncharted seas. Embrace life as a pilgrimage. Journey fearlessly, with joy and excitement. Plunge into the same water the ancient Celts explored. The God of all Compassion awaits you."
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  • PDF | 354 pages
  • Kenneth McIntosh(Author)
  • Anamchara Books; 2 edition (24 Jan. 2014)
  • English
  • 10
  • Mind, Body & Spirit
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  • By Malcolm U on 23 November 2013

    I must confess a disappointment with the book. Is it really a study of Celtic spirituality? There are a multitude of quotations from many sources, but there's no mention of the Eucharist. A far superior book is "The Solace of Fierce Landscapes," by Belden Lane. Professor Lane doesn't mention the words Celt or Celtic once, yet he really gets to the heart of the matter and really understands his sources.

  • By N. Parish on 2 December 2012

    Can I use that word to describe a book? As I started to read it, that's what I felt. It seemed as though the words were offering a soothing touch. Many books these days are written with a more firm air of assurance. The market is being innundated with books that are self-help books loosely based on scripture. They almost aggressively urge us to get our lives in order and be the best we can be. Water from an ancient well is refreshingly different. The author does not point us in a certain direction and order us to start running, rather, we are invited to sit and drink deep of wisdom that goes back hundreds of years. That's not to say we can be privy to some magical knowledge that scriptures failed to mention. No, it simply means that people down the ages have found the God of scripture to be generous in revealing Himself in other ways too (as the scriptures themselves testify).I've not yet finished reading the book, but the author himself states in the introduction that it is not intended to be read simply in linear fashion. I've perused the chapter headings and will dip into them as I feel I need.I'm no expert in Celtic Christianity, so I can't comment in any depth on the academic robustness of this book, but I can say that I found it an enjoyable read. Celtic Christianity was interwoven with themes from nature. Some people today might find it hard to allow nature to bear such a spiritual weight, but from a Christian point of view, I reckon that, as long as our appreciation and understanding of creation serves to inform and increase our understanding and appreciation of the Creator, we're not going to go far wrong.The theme of water, in particular, runs through many of the chapters of this book (excuse the pun...). Here is one quote from the chapter, Be Thou My Vision: God in the Everyday. It is referring to living all life for and with God, including the small things we do day by day.Doing the little things ...can create a canal system of life-giving spiritual water.Without it, our souls may become arid and barren.God longs to irrigate the everyday soil of our lives. Allwe have to do is clear the channels through which Divinegrace can flow.See what I mean by soothing?-------------------------------------------------------I was sent a free ecopy of this book by Speakeasy in order to review it.

  • By Debbie on 3 December 2012

    I found the book deeply refreshing and full of thoughts to help me refresh my spirit in the daily struggles in such a secular world. I learned how the Celts' thinking kept them close to God in daily life.

  • By Lisa Caldwell on 22 July 2015

    I bought this as I've been interested in Celtic Christianity for several years, and always welcome new thoughts and insight. I wasn't disappointed.In a book that you can choose to read sequentially or by dipping into chapters that intrigue you Kenneth McIntosh examines Celtic Christianity from the background of the historical Celts, explaining how their practices were remodelled by the Celtic Christians. He describes how they wove the Trinity through the entirety of their lives, and also inspires us with tales of the Celtic saints. And lastly he encourages us to take what we've learnt and continue our spiritual pilgrimages.It's the kind of book that you have to keep putting down to digest a lovely little nugget of wisdom or thought, just so you can appreciate it all the more. I look forward to rereading it in the future, as I feel it has much left to contemplate on.

  • By jan harney on 15 February 2015

    Something about this book makes my heart sing and respond on a deep level. I think it is what I've been waiting to read all my Christian life (30+ years including 13 years as an ordained minister).

  • By nanouk on 16 June 2015

    Haven't finished IT yet

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