- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Anamchara Books; 1 edition (June 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933630981
- ISBN-13: 978-1933630984
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
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Water from an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life Paperback – June 12, 2011
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When I was reading Water from an Ancient Well, I sometimes felt like I taking a spiritual pilgrimage to Cano Cristales, the most beautiful river in the world or the river of five colors. Located near the town of La Macarena in Colombia, South America, the river is famous for its colorful blotches of blue, green, black, and red causing some to call it the river that ran away to paradise. If you want to run away to paradise for a couple of days, and drink living water from a source unlike any other, read Kenneth McIntosh's deeply satisfying book. ----Leonard Sweet, best-selling author and professor.
This book offers profound insights into a very different way of living our Christianity. Kenneth McIntosh invites us to imitate the Celtic saints who were aware of God as a living presence in everybody and everything. If we were to take seriously what he offers us in this book, we would experience a paradigm shift in our approach to spirituality. ----Dara Malloy, author, Celtic Priest and Monk on Inis Mor in the Aran Islands, Ireland; author of The Globalisation of God: Celtic Christianity's Nemesis.
The author writes with humility; he does not prescribe. In the process, he takes us to places made sacred by inspired believers, depicting their lives as a romance that proved itself in everyday things. He invites us to enter into a similar divine love affair that involves the whole of life. This book could become a classic. ----Ray Simpson, author of Soul Friendship and Celtic Daily Light: A Spiritual Journey Through the Year; Founding Guardian of the International Community of Aidan and Hilda and Principal Tutor of its Celtic Christian Studies program.
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Water From An Ancient Well contains 15 essays about the ancient Celtic Christians, which may be read in any order. Each chapter contains scripture, a Celtic story about a saint, theology, history, and practical application. Water From An Ancient Well describes the Celts culture, beliefs, and how they were unique amongst Christians.
The Celts hailed from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Wales, and Iona. When they were converted to Christianity, they were allowed to hold on to some of their pagan roots, and they believed that Christianity fulfilled their former pagan and druidic beliefs. The Celts had a deep reverence for nature, and believed that God was everywhere, including nature. They loved scripture, which they interpreted as epic stories of heroism.
The Celts did not separate the mundane from the spiritual, but infused every daily activity with prayer. Thus, everything they did was sanctified as a sacred act. They balanced solitude with service, and found their solitude was intimately connected to the natural world. The Celts are widely known for a love of poetry and singing, knotwork, stone solar crosses, illuminated Bibles, and monastic communities.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will reference it often. I highly recommend it for the serious seeker as well as the curious.
There are so many similarities that it was not difficult for the Celts to become Christian.