Each day Celtic Benediction invites readers to meditate on a different aspect of the creation story from Genesis. On Sunday the theme is light. In the morning, the prayers and readings lead us to seek the light of the life of God in all his creatures. At night, we meditate on the light that no darkness can overcome as we bring the world and its needs to God. And so on through each day of the week: water, the fruitful earth, the animal world, humanity, playful rest, and all that God has made draw us into intimate prayer. Related Scripture readings are also given for each day of the year, making this a book to use constantly.
Illustrated throughout with colored panels from the Lindisfarne Gospels, Celtic Benediction offers contemporary Christians a unique devotional experience to treasure for a lifetime.
New Age Retailer
"Celtic Benediction is a wonderful miniature prayer book that honors and evokes the spiritual traditions of the Celts. . . J. Philip Newell has captured the spirit of Celtic prayer in this lovely, powerful book. . . Illustrations of Celtic art from the Lindisfarne Gospels, a 1,300-year-old collection of manuscripts from England, decorate the cover and inside pages. Creatures of earth, sea, and sky are intertwined in flowing vines and intricate knotwork, complementing the remarkable beauty of the words they surround. . . Celtic Benediction makes Celtic spirituality accessible in a profoundly moving yet fully functional way."
The Living Church
"Exquisitely printed and illustrated with multi-colored Celtic decorations."
Spirit & Life
"This beautiful daily prayer book offers brief meditations, prayers and Scripture readings for every day of the week. Not only is the Celtic spirituality heart-warming, but also the many Lindisfarne Gospel illustrations are a feast for the eyes. . . This is a prayer companion for busy Christians and well as contemplatives."
"Eerdmans offers an uncluttered, beautifully illustrated collection of Celtic prayers in Celtic Benediction: Morning and Night Prayer, by J. Philip Newell. Each day begins and ends with these timeless prayers, reflecting on issues such as creation, God's providence and thankfulness. This is a jewel."
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
"Newell makes it luminously apparent that one aim of Celtic devotion is the reconnection of the human soul with what he terms 'the author of its original glory,' and his book is a richly textured means to that end. . . The words in this good, wise and beautifully written book might actually change for the better the character of anyone who engages them with an open heart."
The Midwest Book Review
"This superb compendium compiled by J. Philip Newell, a parish priest and warden of spirituality in the Diocese of Portsmouth, is wonderfully illustrated throughout with colored panels from the Lindisfarne Gospels and will be a treasured and valued addition to any personal, church, or seminary library."