Review: The Path of Celtic Prayer: An Ancient Way to Everyday Joy

The Path of Celtic Prayer: An Ancient Way to Everyday JoyThe Path of Celtic Prayer: An Ancient Way to Everyday Joy by Calvin Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Those who know me well will know that I have a avid affection for many things Celtic, and so this book immediately attracted my attention when I came across it. I have to confess, however, that when I started reading it I was a little underwhelmed by its content, which was written from a distinctively American evangelical Christian perspective. That initial impression changed however as I continued to read through the book, and at the end of it I’m glad I persevered.

The author, Calvin Miller, has clearly done a lot of reading and research into the spiritual patrimony of the Celtic peoples, and presents the reader with six distinctive ‘types’ of prayers that were fundamental to the Celtic Christians and their way of discipleship. Those six ‘types’ – Trinity Prayer, Scripture Prayer, Long Wandering Prayer, Nature Prayer, Lorica Prayer and Confessional Prayer – are examined in some detail, yet, as Miller observes, cannot be separated from each other since the Celts themselves had no notion of them being separate ‘types’ of prayer.

For anyone wishing to explore the ways in which a deeply religious and spiritual people like the Celts prayed and developed a prayer life that was real and natural, this book provides an easy entrée into their way of being prayerful. I would recommend it, however, not only to those who have a love of things Celtic, but also to those who have a love of all things spiritual and prayerful.

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