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From the author of the bestselling Anam Cara comes a beautiful collection of blessings to help readers through both the everyday and the extraordinary events of their lives.

John ODonohue, Irish teacher and poet, has been widely praised for his gift of drawing on Celtic spiritual traditions to create words of inspiration and wisdom for today. In To Bless the Space Between Us, his compelling blend of elegant, poetic language and spiritual insight offers readers comfort and encouragement on their journeys through life. ODonohue looks at lifes thresholds—getting married, having children, starting a new job—and offers invaluable guidelines for making the transition from a known, familiar world into a new, unmapped territory. Most profoundly, however, ODonohue explains “blessing” as a way of life, as a lens through which the whole world is transformed.

ODonohue awakens readers to timeless truths and shows the power they have to answer contemporary dilemmas and ease us through periods of change.

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"What does it mean to bless others and ourselves? In this collection of O'Donohue's poetic prayers, the author of Beauty and Anam Cara focuses on bringing God's blessings into the liminal spaces in our lives: times of transition, grieving, change or preparation for the unknown. Some of the blessings are for specific situations that are bread-and-butter staples of other prayer books, such as benedictions over births, weddings, new jobs or new homes. Others are unexpected and bravely dark, including a prayer for the loved ones left behind after a suicide, or for a parent after the death of a child. O'Donohue is not afraid to tackle the fear and guilt that many harbor secretly, bringing shame and addiction out into the open even while celebrating new life and new love. His writing is sensitive and deep: 'As light departs to let the earth be one with night, Silence deepens in the mind, and thoughts grow slow; The basket of twilight brims over with colors,' he says of evening Vespers. The book closes with the Irish priest's personal — and often profound — musings on the act of blessing, drawing on Celtic spirituality and the wisdom of poets and philosophers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

JOHN ODONOHUE is the author of several books, including, most recently, Beauty, and the international bestsellers Anam Cara and Eternal Echoes, as well as two collections of poetry, Echoes of Memory and Conamara Blues. He lives in Ireland and frequently travels to the United States to give lectures and conduct workshops.

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Therese Coupez, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Therese Coupez)
(I seem to have posted this comment on the audiobook page - reposting here): This book was a pleasant surprise. Directed towards times of transition and change in our lives, I found it useful and heartwarming at all times. A page opened at random always took me out of the harried chaos of the outer world, and offered a moment of reflection about nature, self, and the present moment. Highly recommended as a gift - to yourself, as well as others!
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Tracy Dihle, August 14, 2012 (view all comments by Tracy Dihle)
This is a most wonderful book!! It includes blessings for so many occasions and rites of passage. Because it is spiritual rather than specific to any particular religion, the blessings are perfect for everyone. I have shared the grieving blessing and the meal blessings with so many people. Absolutely a book for every person to have and use.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385522274
Author:
Odonohue, John
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Author:
O'Donohue, John
Subject:
Prayers
Subject:
Benedictions
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Prayerbooks - Christian
Subject:
Spirituality
Subject:
Christianity-Prayer and Devotion
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.70x5.36x.82 in. .71 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What does it mean to bless others and ourselves? In this collection of O'Donohue's poetic prayers, the author of Beauty and Anam Cara focuses on bringing God's blessings into the liminal spaces in our lives: times of transition, grieving, change or preparation for the unknown. Some of the blessings are for specific situations that are bread-and-butter staples of other prayer books, such as benedictions over births, weddings, new jobs or new homes. Others are unexpected and bravely dark, including a prayer for the loved ones left behind after a suicide, or for a parent after the death of a child. O'Donohue is not afraid to tackle the fear and guilt that many harbor secretly, bringing shame and addiction out into the open even while celebrating new life and new love. His writing is sensitive and deep: 'As light departs to let the earth be one with night, Silence deepens in the mind, and thoughts grow slow; The basket of twilight brims over with colors,' he says of evening Vespers. The book closes with the Irish priest's personal — and often profound — musings on the act of blessing, drawing on Celtic spirituality and the wisdom of poets and philosophers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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