Celtic Wisdom: Treasures from Ireland   -     By: Cindy Thomson
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Lion Hudson / 2005 / Hardcover

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From sayings and stories to prayers and proverbs, this collection of classic Celtic wisdom reveals the authentic core of this rich spiritual heritage! Discover the stories of St. Patrick, Brigid, and the Twelve Apostles of Erin. And learn to see the Creator in the natural world with beautifully illustrated images of Ireland! 96 pages, hardcover from Kregel.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Lion Hudson
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 7.50 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0825478421
ISBN-13: 9780825478420
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  1. Linda Wichman
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 3, 2010
    Linda Wichman
    Celtic Wisdom is a spiritual journey that explores the popular Irish lore that has engaged me since childhood. Teeming with the stuff (treasures) that legends are made of, Cindy Thomson's beautifully illustrated book unveils the heart of Celtic wisdom; and the true folk behind the Isle of Erin's most ancient of tales, and their Christian faith. With the finesse of a diplomatic scholar, Cindy Thomson addresses the often preconceived notion that most Irish lore is pagan rooted. She unfolds how some legends were sown from the experiences of early Christian martyrs and devote Christ followers. By the time I finished Celtic Wisdom, I felt I had shared a cup of tea with St. Patrick, Brigid St. Bright, and the Twelve Apostles of Erin. Along with her exhaustive research Thomson encourages the reader to make his/her own conclusion as to what falls under the realms of truth, myth or mayhap. . .a wee bit o' both. Rest assured I'll revisit Celtic Wisdom often! PS: Celtic Wisdom will make for a treasured gift on St. Patrick's Day. Truth inspires legends. Legends Inspire--Linda Wichman
  2. Cathi Hassan
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 26, 2010
    Cathi Hassan
    There are many sayings and traditional blessings scattered throughout the book, but those are just a small portion of it. More properly, it's a brief history of Early Christianity in Ireland. It begins with the three most important figures: Patrick, Brigid, and Columcille (also known as Columba). Then Cindy introduces us to several other notables in the early Irish church. She also gives great insight to the culture of the time, ready to accept true Christianity when the Roman world was overrun by pagan ideas in the Dark Ages.What did I learn from this brief, 95 page package stuffed full of treasures? Plenty. Ireland played a large role in preserving scripture during the Dark Ages, being isolated from the rest of Europe, even England. I learned that Irish monastic life was a far cry from anywhere else, and that Roman rules didn't apply. Did you know there were married priests in Ireland? And women clergy? Neither did I. Patrick was a missionary from England, but Ireland then returned the favor, sending missionaries to other countries to re-introduce the truths of the Bible. Patrick's Confession was a larger and more important document than I knew.Celtic Wisdom is a scholarly work, complete with bibliography. Often Cindy recounts traditional legends without any comment as to their veracity, leaving it to the reader to decide what to take with a grain of salt. On occasion she offers plausible alternatives, as in the true origin of the legend that Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. She also provides insight into the shamrock legend and the importance of Three in Old Ireland.Make Celtic Wisdom a part of your library, but leave it on the coffee table for others to pick up and enjoy as well. Well researched and enlightening, Celtic Wisdom is a real treasure.
  3. Martin Farrell
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 8, 2010
    Martin Farrell
    Cindy Thomson's Celtic Wisdom: Treasures from Ireland is an excellent survey of Early Christianity in Celtic Ireland. She begins with the most notable founders, Sts Patrick, Brigid and Columcille and continues on with a brief biography of the remaining 'Celtic Apostles'. Within these pages we can glimpse the passion and harmony these saints had for this new religion that was so in tune with their own Celtic beliefs about the glory and presence of God in everything.This book is an excellent survey but hopefully it will whet your appetite to recapture the whit, wisdom and understanding of an age long forgotten by today's urban worries. By the time you finish reading it, you will feel the mist on your skin and the peat under your feet and see a light emanating all around you! Yet, it's a quick read, well worth your time and energy if you are seeking a new old way of approaching God.
  4. Martin Farrell
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 8, 2010
    Martin Farrell
    Cindy Thomson's Celtic Wisdom: Treasures from Ireland is an excellent survey of Early Christianity in Celtic Ireland. She begins with the most notable founders, Sts Patrick, Brigid and Columcille and continues on with a brief biography of the remaining 'Celtic Apostles'. Within these pages we can glimpse the passion and harmony these saints had for this new religion that was so in tune with their own Celtic beliefs about the glory and presence of God in everything.This book is an excellent survey but hopefully it will whet your appetite to recapture the whit, wisdom and understanding of an age long forgotten by today's urban worries. By the time you finish reading it, you will feel the mist on your skin and the peat under your feet and see a light emanating all around you! Yet, it's a quick read, well worth your time and energy if you are seeking a new old way of approaching God.
  5. Christy Lockstein
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 17, 2009
    Christy Lockstein
    Celtic Wisdom by Cindy Thompson truly is a treasure of Eire. Thompson gives background information on the saints well known from Ireland: Patrick, Brigid, and Columba, as well as several others who helped encourage Christianity to grow across the country. The Celts had a very unusual form of Christianity that challenged Rome but was loved by its people. It focused on seeing God in nature and worshiping Him on a very personal level. The book is filled with glorious photographs that will make the reader want to catch the next flight on Aer Lingus. I filled several pages in my journal with the beautiful prayers and quotations from Celtic saints and monks. The famed Book of Kells is also discussed along with other ancient tomes of the faith. It's a perfect sampler for anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith of the Celts and how it has influenced generations.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Cindy Thomson
Located in: Central Ohio
Submitted: December 16, 2009

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm the author of four books, including an Irish novel, BRIGID OF IRELAND. I am a former teacher and now do full-time freelance writing from my home.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I believe that those who went before us left a legacy of faith for us to follow through their words in the form of stories, legends, prayers, and poetry. I seek to tell some of the stories of the ancient Irish, including the patron saints: St. Patrick, St. Brigid, and St. Columcille.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Inspiration to follow the ancient Celtic path.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  The stories are encouraging and the poetry and original writings have both a calming effect for today's hectic lifestyle and inspire me to journey closer to God. The photographs of Ireland are breathtaking.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Obviously the people I wrote about in this book are inspirational. The Book of Psalms is an inspiration, as it was to these early Christian saints.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Please visit my blog to learn more about the Celtic way. You can search for it: Celtic Voices.

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