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Four Elements: Reflections on Nature [Kindle Edition]

John O'Donohue
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Book Description

From the beloved author of the bestselling To Bless the Space Between Us and Anam Cara comes a new work that shares his insights on nature and the ancient wisdom of this earth.

John O'Donohue won hundreds of thousands of admirers with his now classic work on Celtic spirituality Anam Cara. Unfortunately he died suddenly at age fifty-two just as his book of blessings, To Bless the Space Between Us, was being published. The loss of his powerfully wise and lyrical voice has been profoundly missed, but his many readers are given a special opportunity to revisit John in a new book based on a series of papers he wrote on the elements of water, stone, air, and fire, now published here for the first time. O'Donohue's readers know him as both a spiritual guide and a poet, and in this work he exhibits both qualities, sharing his Celtic heritage and his love for his native landscape in the west of Ireland. As O'Donohue explores a range of themes relating to the way we live our lives today, he reveals how the energy and rhythm of the natural world—its innocence and creativity, its power and splendor—hold profound lessons for us all. With a foreword written by his beloved brother, Pat, this illuminating book is an inspired reflection on the ancient wisdom of the earth.

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"There are certain threads that run through the work of John O'Donohue. They manifest themselves with different colours and textures. The form may change for different purposes of rhythm and resonance, but the intention remains constant. It is grounded in human vulnerability and the desire, the longing, for a connection to the wonder of the divine in nature, and human life within it." -- Michael D Higgins, politician and broadcaster

About the Author

JOHN O'DONOHUE was born in County Clare in 1956 and lived in a remote cottage in the west of Ireland until his untimely death in January 2008. A highly respected poet and philosopher, he was awarded a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from the University of Tubingen in 1990. John wrote a number of international bestselling books: Anam Cara, Eternal Echoes, Divine Beauty and Benedictus, which he completed shortly before he died. He also wrote two volumes of poetry, Conamara Blues and Echoes of Memory. The Four Elements was originally published in separate editions in 1994/5.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1249 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (October 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KPM202
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Early Writings May 17, 2012
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The four works constituting this slim book were among O'Donohue's first writings and were published separately in pamphlet form. John's brother has brought them together after John's death and provides a 20+ page introduction about his brother's life. John was much more into mainline Christianity when he wrote these, and his writing style had not yet progressed to the incredible beauty of his later works.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent First O'Donohue Read March 31, 2013
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It is good, but does not compare with his later writings. John was just entering his superb insight with this book. The book would be excellent as a first O'Donohue reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Poetic Sage of Modern Times August 15, 2014
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O'Donohue is one of the great poetic sages of modern times. His work and writing has deepened and changed countless lives. Every reader and student of his owes him a debt of profound gratitude. He describes beauty as if he were inside it instead of observing it. His writing is the kind where you can open to any page and immediately find a sentence worth remembering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully John O'Donohue July 15, 2013
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For those who cannot put their feelings about elements into words, this book is a "must have."
It captures the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual images of all four elements and leaves us imprinted with a relationship to what surrounds the very essence of our lives. FOUR ELEMENTS is a meditation in and of itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The writings of John O'Donoghue September 2, 2013
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John O'Donogue has such a gift with words... I use his text in all my Ceremonies...whether it is a Baptism..Marriage or Funeral....he has the words that give so much comfort and peace to Inspiration.

Thank you John.

Lizzie Marriage
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four Elements: Reflections on Nature June 16, 2014
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Excellent! It will remain in our library. We love all of the writings of John O'Donohue and are thrilled to add this to our library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my irish mentor November 20, 2012
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John O'Donohue has a wonderful way with word, ideas and inspiration. You can learn a lot and find peace within.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book October 17, 2013
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t'wqas a sad day when we lost Mr. O'Donohue, his insight and wisdom are sorely missed, this book is excellent.
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JOHN O'DONOHUE authored 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 lived in Ireland and frequently traveled to the United States to give lectures and conduct workshops before he passed away on January 4, 2008.

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