Celtic Prayer – Caught Up in Love: Wisdom for living from a modern Celtic community

Celtic Prayer – Caught Up in Love: Wisdom for living from a modern Celtic community

Authors : David Cole Multi-contributor team of authors drawn from the Community of Aidan and Hilda
£12.99

An accessible resource to deepen your experience of prayer

Even the most committed pray-ers can get stuck in a rut. Loved and familiar ways of praying can become dry and stale and it can be difficult to rekindle the spark, especially if you’ve only ever known a handful of ways to pray. But help is at hand in this wide-ranging and exciting new collection from the Community of Aidan and Hilda. Edited by David Cole, with contributions from 30 members of the dispersed community, Celtic Prayer– Caught Up in Love explores 20 different ways of praying from the Celtic Christian tradition. Accessible and inspiring, it will refresh your spirit and draw you deeper into knowing God.


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Title Celtic Prayer – Caught Up in Love: Wisdom for living from a modern Celtic community
Authors David Cole Multi-contributor team of authors drawn from the Community of Aidan and Hilda
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Even the most committed pray-ers can get stuck in a rut. Loved and familiar ways of praying can become dry and stale and it can be difficult to rekindle the spark, especially if you’ve only ever known a handful of ways to pray. But help is at hand in this wide-ranging and exciting new collection from the Community of Aidan and Hilda. Edited by David Cole, with contributions from 30 members of the dispersed community, Celtic Prayer– Caught Up in Love explores 20 different ways of praying from the Celtic Christian tradition. Accessible and inspiring, it will refresh your spirit and draw you deeper into knowing God.

‘This book is the antidote to desiccated prayer. A book of fresh and new ways to commune with the Divine when your prayer life might have become dry and lifeless.’ Nicolette Rodden, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity Coordinator for the Community of Aidan and Hilda

Details
  • Product code: 9781800390539
  • Published: 18 March 2022
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • Dimensions: 130mm wide and 198mm high

Even the most committed pray-ers can get stuck in a rut. Loved and familiar ways of praying can become dry and stale and it can be difficult to rekindle the spark, especially if you’ve only ever known a handful of ways to pray. But help is at hand in this wide-ranging and exciting new collection from the Community of Aidan and Hilda. Edited by David Cole, with contributions from 30 members of the dispersed community, Celtic Prayer– Caught Up in Love explores 20 different ways of praying from the Celtic Christian tradition. Accessible and inspiring, it will refresh your spirit and draw you deeper into knowing God.

‘This book is the antidote to desiccated prayer. A book of fresh and new ways to commune with the Divine when your prayer life might have become dry and lifeless.’ Nicolette Rodden, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity Coordinator for the Community of Aidan and Hilda

Ash Barker, Graham Booth, Ruth Booth, Scott Brennan, Sue Clarke, Liz Crichton, Stella Durand, Becky Mairi Farrell, Carol Few, Jane Franklin, Geoff Holt, Joy Holt, Sandi Kerner, Charlotte Lobb, Heather MacDonald, Kenneth McIntosh, Sally McLean, Michael Mitton, Dorothy Neilson, Peter Neilson, Sue Oliver, Russ Parker, Simon Reed, Nicolette Rodden, Maureen Simpson, Ray Simpson, Penny Warren.

David Cole (aka Brother Cassian) is an international spiritual teacher and retreat leader and the Deputy Guardian for the Community of Aidan and Hilda. He is the founder of Waymark Ministries, which creates opportunities for people to engage with the Christian message. His books include Celtic Advent and Celtic Lent (BRF,2018), Celtic Saints and The Celtic Year (BRF,2020). 

Church Times 17.06.22. Review by Philip Welsh

The Community of Aidan and Hilda is a 'dispersed Celtic-inspired New Monastic community', whose vision is to engage with the 'saints and the streets; the seasons and the soil; Spirit and the scriptures'. Thirty members have collaboratively provided 20 short chapters on aspects of prayer, drawing insights from the Celtic tradition as they range from meditation to daily work, the inner city to needlework, social issues to icons.

Their focus is on living prayerfully now, not historical investigation, although, by the end of the book, we have also received a useful introduction to the Celtic background. Their spiritual feet are on the ground. Establish a rhythm of daily prayer, we are advised: 'I imagine that such a length of time could be about four minutes.' Recognise times when you may need liturgy rather than meditation: 'I found that silence just created a space for worry.' Avoid 'unreal and unbiblically shallow positivity'.

They acknowledge that mind and heart go together in faith, but the book reflects the tradition’s emphasis on the affective and imaginative over the cognitive (the contributor who saw the hand of God when she failed to get a job as a surgeon, because it left Friday nights free for the church house-group, might have benefited from a more robust theology of Providence).

The outstanding chapter is Becky Mairi Farrell’s radical reflection on living with disability. 'Some disabled people don’t welcome prayers for healing because we are already whole.' The term ‘disability’ itself is unacceptable to many as it doesn’t address the way that society at large can disable people.'

The authors clearly value belonging to their community. We hear little about the place of the local church.

Written at a popular level, Celtic Prayer is an attractive volume from an enterprising community, who embody a practical spirituality that is both ancient and modern: 'Let the light fade and the work be done. Let the flowers and the laptops close.'

Reviewed by Philip Welsh

 

 

 

Celtic Prayer — Caught Up in Love: Wisdom for living from a modern Celtic community

David Cole

BRF £12.99

(978-1-80039-053-9)

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From Carl McColman, soul friend and story teller. www.anamchara.com 

March 2022.

So much of the literature of Celtic Christianity is, well, ancient. We associate “Celtic spirituality” with St. Patrick, St. Brigit, St. Columba, St. Kevin… with ancient monastic sites like Iona, Glendalough, or Skellig Michael… with legends of old like the Voyage of St. Brendan. It’s easy to think of Celtic Christianity as a nostalgic spirituality from way back when! But there is a living, breathing, vibrant tradition of dedicated seekers who live the spirituality of the Celts in our time. One such community grounded in the Celtic tradition is the Community of Aidan and Hilda, based on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. So this beautiful new book from BRF features prayers, liturgies, and guidance from a variety of members of this contemporary Celtic organization. From the back cover: 'explores 20 different ways of praying from the Celtic Christian tradition.' Check it out!