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Celtic Way of Prayer Hardcover – July 14, 1997


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (July 14, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385486634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385486637
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Historian and retreat leader de Waal explores the rich legacy of Celtic songs, poems, prayers, and blessings that grew out of the dynamic meeting of Christian monasticism with an older, communal way of life ordered by kinship, a rural sense of place, the pattern of the seasons, and the cycles of birth and death. The author does a fine job tracing the strands that make Celtic Christianity compelling and unique. An important addition to Celtic literature for both general readers and specialists.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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'Exceptional' -- Rowan Williams 'A rich tapestry of learning, prayer and a real understanding of what inspiration is needed by so many in their journey' -- Patrick Barry osb --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A must read for the true Christian Scholar.
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This indeed is a book I highly recommend to all who are interested in the recovery of the religious imagination.
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It's a gentle, encouraging, and excellent approach to prayer.
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Donald S. Meador on May 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
Wow! This book is not what I expected. I was looking for a "how to" on prayer the "celtic way." What I got was a deep, and sometimes profound, look at prayer as a way of life. This book is not about sitting down to pray. It is about praying - morning, noon and night.
I was especially moved by the focus on the trinity and the cross in the prayer of the celtic people. De Waal devotes a chapter to each of these topics. She thoroughly demonstrates what she has to say, what she has come to practice in her own prayer life, with excellent examples from the prayers and poetry of celtic Christians and monks.
Another aspect, the one that took me deeper and farther than I expected to go, is the celtic idea of journeying. We journey through life (we all know this), and prayer is a living part of that journey (we often forget this). So true is her statement, "I shall not find Christ at the end of the journey unless he is with me along the way."
The final chapter on praise in the celtic prayerlife was wonderful. I found myself longing to hear the examples of praise put to music today. I think it would enrich the worship at my own church.
I enjoyed The Celtic Way of Prayer tremendously. Coming from a Protestant background I disagreed with the celtic worship of Mary that is sometimes revealed in De Waal's examples. However, anyone should be able to read beyond such a disagreement and be edified in their spiritual growth by applying the rich ideas from the celtic way of prayer in their own life. There is much to be gleaned from this book.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By jwk@homemail.com or James W. Knox on March 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As Chairman of the Irishroom Committee of the Nationality Rooms, University of Pittsburgh, I took great interest in sharing with the members of our Committee this wonderful book by Esther DeWaal. The Celtic Way of Prayer emphasizes a spirtuality that is too often overlooked in our society today. The ancient Celtic poetry contained in each chapter was carefully indexed as to author and time in the Notes at the conclusion of the book. I found it significant that the book contained a wealth of Blessings that come from the oral tradition that made praying a part of everyday life. It helps the reader to appreciate the many Blessings that we do not count and are often even unaware that they exist. This indeed is a book I highly recommend to all who are interested in the recovery of the religious imagination.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chip Webb on May 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
Esther de Waal provides readers with a very good overview of Celtic Christian spirituality by examining the subjects of their prayers. Wisely, she lets the prayers themselves do most of the talking; she refrains from long explications of them, a practice that allows the reader to project himself or herself into the situation and make personal applications more easily. This book particularly serves as a good introduction to Celtic Christianity for those unfamiliar with it.
If I have one major complaint with the book, it concerns de Waal's style: she responds to the prayers more from her head than her heart. Also, it might have been helpful to include a historical overview at times, but that's not the purpose of this book. (For a good historical overview, see Oliver Davies' introduction to Celtic Spirituality in Paulist Press' Classics of Western Spirituality series.) These are minor complaints, however, for a book that contains so many Celtic Christian prayers from down through the centuries.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Doug Floyd VINE VOICE on April 2, 2001
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While guiding us through the beauty of Celtic prayers, Esther De Waal reveals the path to making faith and prayer a part of every part of our day. This book will renew your sense of wonder and celebration of God's presence in all things.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As Chairman of the Irishroom Committee of the Nationality Rooms, University of Pittsburgh, I took great interest in sharing with the members of our Committee this wonderful book by Esther DeWaal. The Celtic Way of Prayer emphasizes a spirtuality that is too often overlooked in our society today. The ancient Celtic poetry contained in each chapter was carefully indexed as to author and time in the Notes at the conclusion of the book. I found it significant that the book contained a wealth of Blessings that come from the oral tradition that made praying a part of everyday life. It helps the reader to appreciate the many Blessings that we do not count and are often even unaware that they exist. This indeed is a book I highly recommend to all who are interested in the recovery of the religious imagination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marianna K. Neal on September 8, 2009
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This is a wonderful book for those interested in learning more about Celtic spirituality. If you've ever read anything by Esther deWaal this is another of her down-to-earth books full of her own unique wisdom and spirituality. It is a book that opens up those of us brought up in a more traditional religious background a different approach of relating to God especially through the world around us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By outlaw_spam on December 1, 2010
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There is virtually no way you could read this book consciously and not enjoy the benefits of a better more intimate prayer life with God. You will discover not just about a lifestyle of prayer, but how the Celtic peoples used prayer in all aspects of their daily lives, no matter how inconsequential the task may seem. You will appreciate the simple joy of learning about the short Irish Blessings that pepper the Celtic peoples life. You will learn about St Patricks Breastplate or The St Patricks Lorica (The Deer's Cry) & how the legend evokes the images that are all so important to Celtic Christianity. A must read for the true Christian Scholar.
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