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Water from an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life Paperback – September 6, 2011
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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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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...).Read more ›
The ancient well that McIntosh is referring to is Celtic Christianity. McIntosh paints a panoramic picture of Celtic Christianity, in his book, and then suggests that the church today might learn from them. Centuries ago Celtic Christians were practicing relational evangelism, living in both the spiritual and physical realms, nurturing their faith through tried and true spiritual disciplines, and caring for the creation in which they lived. The Celts of long-ago saw God in everything (panentheism), and comfortably lived in the tension between an all-powerful God of creation and a loving, forgiving, gracious God, who so loved the world .... McIntosh describes the Celtic Christians in a can-do-nothing-wrong manner. I'm sure they must have had their faults and weaknesses. There are probably even areas where modern day Christians might learn what NOT to do. But, on the whole, Celtic Christianity is a well full of cool, refreshing water that might be able to renew, refresh and perhaps even reform today's church.
Many of us are ill-at-ease with much of what the church has become. There is a comfortableness among many Christians; they don't expect much from God and don't do much for God. Today's church is criticized (I think rightfully so) by those outside its walls as being judgmental, self-righteous, and hypocritical. Evangelism is forced. Often more effort is expended in sustaining the congregation than in serving others. Branches of today's church are exclusionary, deaf to environmental concerns and intent on being politically powerful.Read more ›
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Great introduction to a life of prayer from the Celtic perspective with good connections for growing prayer practices for today.Published 4 days ago by Jeffrey W. Jones
Excellent book on Celtic Spirituality. Highly recommend.Published 4 months ago by mountain serenity
excellent read, helps us to remember we do not walk alone through this earthly life....Published 7 months ago by Shirle
I read a lot of Celtic Christianity books and lead a Celtic Spirituality Worship service. This is one of the best books on the subject I have read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ben Rogers
Awesome and wonderful. This is one I will read over and over againPublished 12 months ago by Sandra S. Bright
Great insightful read deep in the Celtic tradition of viewing the whole of creation as the spiritual journey.Published 13 months ago by Dorinda Cassiday
This book is well written and interesting, it has a Christian basis to it, and is very interesting.Published 13 months ago by buermash