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    1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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