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A thought-provoking and inspiring treasury of essays focusing on nature and the ancient wisdom of this earth, by the bestselling author of Anam Cara and Benedictus.

In The Four Elements, poet and philosopher John O’Donohue draws upon his Celtic heritage and the love of his native landscape, the west of Ireland, to weave together a tapestry of beautifully evoked images of nature. As John explores a range of themes relating to the way we live our lives today, he reveals how the energy and rhythm of the natural world – its innocence and creativity, its power and splendour – hold profound lessons for us all.

With a foreword written by his beloved brother Pat, this illuminating treasury is a unique collection of reflections inspired by the ancient wisdom of this earth.

Reviews

There are certain threads that run through the work of John O'Donohue. They manifest themselves with different colours and textures. The form may change for different purposes of rhythm and resonance, but the intention remains constant. It is grounded in human vulnerability and the desire, the longing, for a connection to the wonder of the divine in nature, and human life within it.

Michael D Higgins, politician and broadcaster

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  • Paperback

    9781848271029

    November 1, 2012

    Transworld Ireland

    224 pages

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  • EBook

    9781448110605

    October 27, 2011

    Transworld Digital

    224 pages

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