The Four Elements: Reflections on Nature

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Transworld Publishers Limited, Oct 25, 2012 - Landscapes - 224 pages
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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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User Review  - FHC - LibraryThing

Always a challenge to contemplative thinking, Irish poet and philosopher, John O'Donohue, brings spiritual understanding using concepts of air, water, fire, stone.. exploring aspects of air as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

I love John O'Donohue and was so sad to hear of his passing, but I just couldn't get through this book. I forced myself through halfway on reputation and had to stop. Not so much a disappointment as a kind of sadness about it. Lovely, gentle writing as always, just nothing to dig my teeth into. Read full review

About the author (2012)

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 Tübingen 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.

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