Almost on his own, J. Philip Newell has become a Celtic publishing industry. The truth is that the larger Iona Community in western Scotland is a lively stream of spiritually creative resources from a host of writers and musicians -- including prayers, music and meditations -- but most of their dozens of books are pretty much invisible to American readers.
Here's what Newell has accomplished: In short books aimed at those of us who are ordinary men and women, trying to chart a meaningful course through our hectic daily lives, Newell has crossed over into American publishing in a big way.
His pioneering books are a breath of fresh air to many readers, springing from the life-affirming, community-building theology that he says originated with Celtic Christians.
In this book, you'll find a collection of prayers used by the Iona Community. For most American Christians, these prayers will come as refreshingly straight to the point about our deepest yearnings in life.