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Exploring Celtic Spirituality

Kevin Mayhew

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Historic roots for our future
Having first emerged from Europe's heartlands, the Celts retreated under the Roman Empire to its western fringes, and from the fifth to the twelfth centuries the early church flourished in Gaul, Britain and Ireland, leaving us an important legacy from which to learn and draw fresh inspiration.

Today there is a growing interest in the witness and teaching of the Celtic Church, and Ray Simpson offers us a rich overview of a spirituality now re-emerging from the mists of time. Each chapter describes a feature of the Celtic Church, its worship, rhythm of prayer, sense of community, healing, hospitality and missionary spirit, and challenges us to learn its lessons, principles and way of being renewed in Christ from saints such as Cuthbert, Columba, Aiden, Hilda and Patrick.

Ray Simpson's valuable resource includes a comprehensive notes section and the many prayers and responses woven in to the text to lend it a very practical emphasis. This new revised edition incorporates an inspirational study guide with exercises, follow-up suggestions, Bible study and questions for discussion intended for individuals and groups alike.
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Product Code1500672
NameExploring Celtic Spirituality
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorRay Simpson
ISBN9781844171866
Short DescriptionHistoric roots for our future
Pack Size1
Count309 pages
CoverPaperback
Date Published20 Feb 2004
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A practical introduction to Celtic Christian Spirituality Review by A Customer (Amazon, 1998)
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Ray Simpson has given us a book that provides us with a practical approach to Celtic Christian Spirituality. Drawing upon the historic roots of the Church in early Britain, he sets out before us various themes such as: Communities of Faith; Contemplative Prayer; Hospitality; Real Men, Women and Families; The Cross in Creation; The Wild Goose and many more.

In dealing with these many themes, he manages to draw them all together and set out a practical spirituality that is both acutely relevant for today, rooted in the past and yet will equip us for the next millennium.

Together with prayers and responses, each chapter provides rich seams that repay several revisits. This book will enrich your life and help you to make the world a far better place. What better reason than this to read it... what are you waiting for! (Posted on 10/01/2013)
I recommend this book with a whole heart Review by Paul Wallis - author of ' Be Thou My Breastplate' (Amazon, 2009)
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Many books have hinted at the relevance of "Celtic Christianity" to the needs of today's Christians, hungry for authentic forms of spirituality and authentic experiences of Christian community. Ray Simpson actually unpacks what other books have hinted at.

The body of Celtic literature from the Dark Ages is more than an interesting tonic for the post-modern believer, it spells out approaches to faith, prayer, community, mission, ecology, theology, socilogy, church-life and evangelism. Not only has Ray Simpson done the work of exegeting these implications, but he does so with some authority, since his life is one wrapped up in the geography and continutiy of the Celtic tradition on Aidan's island home of Lindisfarne.

You don't need a love of history to find this book important. If you are seeking understanding, inspiration and a guide for authentic Christian living today, I recommend this book with a whole heart.
(Posted on 10/01/2013)

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Ray Simpson’s daily prayer tweet @praycelticdaily profiles him as A Celtic New Monastic for Tomorrow’s World. He is the Founding Guardian of the international Community of Aidan and Hilda (a dispersed inter-church movement which is also an Acknowledged Anglican Community).


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