Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong

Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong

by John O'Donohue

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There is a divine restlessness in the human heart, our eternal echo of longing that lives deep within us and never lets us settle for what we have or where we are.In this exquisitely crafted and inspirational book, John O'Donohue, author of the bestseller Anam Cara, explores the most basic of human desires - the desire to belong, a desire that constantly draws us toward new possibilities of self-discovery, friendship, and creativity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061853272
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 438,914
File size: 745 KB

About the Author

John O'Donohue was awarded a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from the University of Tübingen in 1990. He is the author of several works, including a book on the philosophy of Hegel, Person als Vermittlung; two collections of poetry, Echoes of Memory and Conamara Blues; and two international bestsellers, Anam Cara and Eternal Echoes. He lectures and holds workshops in Europe and America, and is currently researching a book on the philosophical mysticism of Meister Eckhart. He lives in Ireland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xix
Prologue xxi
Awakening In The World: The Threshold Of Belonging
Presence: The Flame Of Longing
Prisons We Choose To Live In
Suffering As The Dark Valley Of Broken Belonging
Prayer: A Bridge Between Longing And Belonging
Absence: Where Longing Still Lingers
Suggested Further Reading 273

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Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stylistically speaking, John O¿Donohue is almost Hemingwayesque, often stringing together brief, pithy declarative sentences. Taken out of context, savored separately they are terse bits of Irish wisdom ('The heart is an eternal nomad.' 'The child and the artist are pilgrims of discovery.' 'Suffering is the sister of future possibility.'). One is tempted to plaster them about as reminders of positive, focused aspirations. Yet he is also capable of soaring, poetic passages as well. O¿Donohue incites/ invites us to look for the higher versions of our humanity by pointing out various current attitudes which have led society to a leprosy of spirit. He reminds us that our normally healthy desire for satiation had mutated to obsessive consumerism. ('Consumerism is the new religion . . . Quantity is the new divinity . . . Advertising is its liturgy.') This may fuel the world economy but it does so at the cost of emptying our souls. He further suggests that the technology which promised to make us belong has only isolated us and severed our ties to nature. And that in losing our respect for the earth we are destroying ourselves in ways that transcend the mere poisoning of the environment. The author is described on the book¿s back cover as 'a Catholic scholar.' Followers of other religions should not be put-off by this. O¿Donohue obviously possesses profound, definitive ideas about his own faith, but he does not 'inflict' them with undue pressure upon the reader. In an effort to locate something to criticize in this book, I must say that I read lightly and quickly a short segment on Celtic spirituality relating to the fairy world. As a cynical, twentieth century American, I am discomforted by suggestions of unseen presences from an 'in-between world.' It seems too convenient a means of explaining the unexplainable: those seemingly bizarre twists of Fate to which each of us is subjected. (In an effort to maintain some flexibility in this matter, I have relegated it to a personal mental subheading entitled, 'More things in heaven and earth, Horatio . . .') There are passages in Eternal Echoes that I would be hard-pressed to reword and explain. Yet on some level they click. I might suggest this as a kind of epiphany where the intellect recognizes the spiritual and vice versa. The power of words often rests in their very subjectivity --- that what we derive from them may not be precisely what the author intended, but nonetheless a mind-door has opened. John O¿Donohue leads us to such thresholds, then suggests what he believes may lie beyond. It is for us to step through these portals and explore the potential of our own inner scenery.
discerningwoman More than 1 year ago
As a disillusioned "cradle" Catholic, I find the Celtic view, as related by O'Donohue, a path in the right direction on my continued spiritual journey. After reading Anam Cara by the same author, I just had to read more! This book continues an exploration and answers many questions that I have had from my traditional religious teachings.The feminine side of the equation is addressed where the formal Church never entered or seemed to accept. This need to belong is referenced from an enlightening point of view.
remikit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This goes on the yearly to read list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is simple. When i want comfort, I turn to the writings of the late poet/philospher John O'Donohue. When I want depth of feeling, I read John O' Donohue - and with it all I am always struck by the utter beauty that John was able to find in his inner and outer observations. The stack of his writings will always be a loving and wonderous companion. A thinker and writer who is still deeply missed by many. Thanks John.
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rtink More than 1 year ago
Another great one to add peace to your life.
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Full of inspirition & hope.
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