A Desert in the Ocean: The Spiritual Journey According to St. Brendan the Navigator

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Paulist Press, 2000 - Religion - 123 pages
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Do you really want to launch out into the deep for the love of God? Are you ready to risk and adventure, to extend your life and put your faith in God? ... Have you heard the voice that asks you to seek a desert in the ocean? There is no doubt that God is calling you, writes David Adam in his thoughtful new work of spirituality. Some of the questions, he continues, can be found in a Celtic poem often credited to St. Brendan the Navigator.Using the poem as a guide to our own call and adventure, Adam invites readers along on the voyage of Brendan. He comments on extracts from the poem, and at the end of each chapter offers a series of exercises and actions we can take to discover our own desert in the ocean, and the promised land that is there for those willing to venture.Lovers of Celtic spirituality, and those who are new to it, will be intrigued and edified by this fascinating application of a saint's life to spiritual growth.
 

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BRENDANS PRAYER ON THE MOUNTAIN
9
THE CALL TO ADVENTURE
11
MOVING OUT
25
INTO THE DEEP
39
LEAVING ALL
53
ALONE ON A STORMY SEA
69
AWAKENING THE CHRIST
85
THE PLACE OF OUR RESURRECTION
97
HOMECOMING
111
References Acknowledgements and Souces
122
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David Adam is the auhtor of The Man Who Couldn't Stop which is a fianalist for the $53,000 prize for the 2015 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. This is the only major international prize that celebrates science-writing for a non-specialist audience.

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