Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation
August 2008, Jossey-Bass
"I explore the Celtic image of Christ as the Memory of what we have forgotten. He remembers the dance of the universe and the harmony that is deep within all things. He is the Memory also of who we are."
--from the Prelude
"Diagnosing the human soul with a longing for peace in the face of fear and fragmentation nurtured by global political forces and fundamentalisms, Newell offers the ancient traditions of Celtic Christianity as a way forward in healing humankind and the earth."
"This graceful, wise, and important book is a superb introduction to the treasures of Celtic Christianity for our time."
--Marcus Borg, author, The Heart of Christianity
Chapter 1: The Memory of the Song 1
Chapter 2: A Forgotten Tune 17
Chapter 3: The Rhythm of the Earth 31
Chapter 4: Empty Notes 47
Chapter 5: The Sound of Love 61
Chapter 6: Paying the Piper 77
Chapter 7: The Hymn of the Universe 93
Chapter 8: Broken Cadences 107
The Author 139
J. Philip Newell is a poet, scholar, and teacher. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is now companion theologian for the American Spirituality Center of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico.
Countless Americans already know Newell's inspirational voice -- calling to them to re-engage their spiritual senses through popular books like Listening for the Heartbeat of God. Now, Newell takes a startlingly different approach toward readers and offers a full-fledged manifesto that seeks to reshape the way most Western Christians think about the core of their faith.--(http://www.readthespirit.com/explore/2008/05/166-conversatio.html)