To bless the space between us A book of blessings

John O'Donohue, 1956-2008

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New York : Doubleday c2008.
1st ed
Physical Description
xvi, 222 p. ; 20 cm
Main Author
John O'Donohue, 1956-2008 (-)
  • Beginnings : Matins
  • A morning offering
  • A blessing for the new year
  • In praise of fire
  • For a new beginning
  • For light
  • For the artist at the start of day
  • For a new home
  • For a new position
  • Desires : For eros
  • For freedom
  • For love in a time of conflict
  • A blessing of angels
  • For longing
  • In praise of air
  • For the senses
  • For presence
  • For friendship
  • For belonging
  • For absence
  • Thresholds : For your birthday
  • For the traveller
  • For a mother-to-be
  • For a new father
  • For a friend on the arrival of illness
  • At the threshold of womanhood
  • At the threshold of manhood
  • For the parents of one who has commited crime
  • For a parent on the death of a child
  • For old age
  • For death
  • To learn from animal being
  • In praise of water
  • Homecomings : As a child enters the world
  • In praise of the earth
  • For a mother
  • For a father
  • Grace before meals
  • Grace after meals
  • For a brother or a sister
  • On waking
  • On meeting a stranger
  • On passing a graveyard
  • To come home to yourself
  • At the end of the day: a mirror of questions
  • Before sleep
  • States of heart : For courage
  • For an exile
  • For solitude
  • For an addict
  • For failure
  • For grief
  • For the interim time
  • For beauty
  • For a prisoner
  • For suffering
  • For one who is exhausted
  • For equilibrium
  • For loneliness
  • Callings : For priesthood
  • For marriage
  • Elemental blessing for a new home
  • For the farmer
  • For a nurse
  • For the time of necessary decision
  • For the unknown self
  • For work
  • For one who holds power
  • For citizenship
  • For a leader
  • Axioms for wildness
  • Beyond endings : At the end of the year
  • The inner history of a day
  • For the family and friends of a suicide
  • For broken trust
  • For the break up of a relationship
  • For retirement
  • For someone awakening to the trauma of his or her past
  • On the death of the beloved
  • For someone who did you wrong
  • After a destructive encounter
  • For celebration
  • For lost friends
  • Entering death
  • For the dying
  • Vespers
  • To retrieve the lost art of blessing : The eyes of Jesus.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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. (Feb. 19) [Page 46]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A compilation of blessings and spiritual insights offers readers comfort and encouragement as they make their way through all of the milestones and transitions of life.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The Irish teacher, poet, and author of Anam Cara draws on Celtic spiritual traditions as he presents a new compilation of special blessings and spiritual insights to offer readers comfort and encouragement as they make their way through all of the milestones and transitions of life. 30,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A beautiful collection of blessings to support you through both the ordinary and extraordinary events of life, from the author of the bestselling Anam Cara “John O’Donohue is a man of the soul.”—Times (London) To Bless the Space Between Us is a compelling blend of elegant, poetic language and spiritual insight to offer readers comfort and encouragement on their journeys through life. John O’Donohue, Irish teacher and poet, looks at life’s 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, O’Donohue explains “blessings” as a way of life, a lens through which the whole world is transformed. He awakens readers to timeless truths and shows the power they have to answer contemporary dilemmas and ease us through periods of change.