Walking in Wonder
Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World
With a Foreword by Krista Tippett–a poignant and beautiful collection of conversations and presentation from John O’Donohue’s work with close friend and former radio broadcaster John Quinn
John O'Donohue, beloved author of To Bless the Space Between Us, is widely recognized as one of the most charismatic and inspirational enduring voices on the subjects of spirituality and Celtic mysticism. These timeless exchanges, collated and introduced by Quinn, span a number of years and explore themes such as imagination, landscape, the medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, aging, and death. Presented in O'Donohue's inimitable lyrical style, and filled with rich insights that will feed the "unprecedented spiritual hunger" he observed in modern society, Walking in Wonder is a welcome tribute to a much-loved author whose work still touches the lives of millions around the world.
This marvelous posthumous collection from Irish poet-philosopher O'Donohue (Anam Cara) comes as an unexpected gift for his fans. These originally spoken essays, talks from Irish National Radio selected by radio broadcaster John Quinn, revive O'Donohue's unique perspective. O'Donohue was a persuasive popularizer of contemporary Celtic spirituality with a gift for hybridizing his roots in the Irish landscape with more rarified elements of German idealism from the mysticism of Meister Eckhart to the philosophy of Hegel. His topics, including landscape, aging, and memory, are hardly original, but O'Donohue brings lyrical novelty to his reflections ("Memory, as a kingdom, is full of the ruins of presence"). Some selections are deeper and better than others, underscoring the absence of an author who might better polish his words for print. Particularly haunting in their suggestiveness and brevity are O'Donohue's short meditations on death, given his own premature death at age 52 in 2008. O'Donohue's work remains a rich banquet for those interested in spirituality and his particular expression of contemporary Celtic mysticism.