Recommended Spiritual Read

Chosen by Reverend Julia A. Carlson

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom 
by John O’Donohue 

Irish poet, scholar, philosopher and theologian, John O’Donohue wrote, “The earth is full of soul.”  This book speaks directly to our souls about friendship and belonging. Writing in short sections that allows for its use as a daily meditation, he elucidates spiritual presence in the intimate, the mysterious, and in love. O’Donohue speaks about finding meaning in life and living with purpose. He says, “Everything that happens to you has the potential to deepen you,” which is a promise to help us find wisdom in our own seeking, hoping, and finding. 


Suggested book on prayer
Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Meditation, by Martin Laird

Sitting in stillness, the practice of meditation, and the cultivation of awareness are commonly thought to be the preserves of Hindus and Buddhists. Martin Laird shows that the Christian tradition of contemplation has its own refined teachings on using a prayer word to focus the mind, working with the breath to cultivate stillness, and the practice of inner vigilance or awareness.