The Book of Creation

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The Book of Creation: An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality

By the author of Celtic Prayers from Iona In Celtic tradition, the “Book of Creation” is where we “read” what the Creator has said to us. J. Philip Newell here reflects on the seven days of creation in Genesis, using them as a guide to the practice of Celtic spirituality. Each day explores a different aspect of creation as a manifestation of God, revealing divine presence at the heart of everyday life.

Newell begins by tracing the history of Celtic spirituality and how it clashed with Rome, then he goes on to draw from a rich and diverse selection of Celtic sources on creation: Eriugena, Pelagius, the Carmina Gadelica, novelist George MacDonald, poet Kenneth White, and Iona Community founder George MacLeod. Newell also includes meditation exercises that may be used by either individuals or groups.

Newell is quickly becoming one of today’s most authoritative and inspirational voices on Celtic spirituality. His book is perfect for prayer groups, seasonal parish programs, small faith communities, religious communities, spiritual seekers, anyone of Celtic heritage, and anyone interested in creation spirituality.

About the Author

J. Philip Newell is a Church of Scotland minister. Formerly the Warden of the famed Iona Community, he is now Warden of Spirituality for the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth, England. Among his books are Paulist Press’s Celtic Prayers from Iona, Listening to the Heartbeat of God, and One Foot in Eden: A Celtic View of the Stages of Life.

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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 5 × 0.3 × 7.5 in




November 1999






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