John Philip has taken the essence expressed in prayer form that is in Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter and put it in thought form for Echo of the Soul. Drawing on the two great traditions of Celtic Spirituality and Jewish Spirituality, Newell gives radical affirmation of the goodness of creation and of the human body.
What does it mean to be made in the “image and likeness” of God? That’s the first – and defining – characteristic of our humanity, celebrated in the opening pages of the Bible. Western Christian tradition, however, has often led us to think of the body and soul as separate elements, with the soul good and body evil. This profound and challenging book clears away centuries of misunderstanding and shame that have damaged the way we see ourselves – and the way we see God. Author John Philip Newell, acclaimed for his work on Celtic spirituality, goes back to our spiritual roots in the Bible, and in the mystical Celtic and Jewish writings, to weave together a deeper, more complete understanding of our bodies as an outward expression of our spiritual selves.
“Echo of the Soul is rather a minor miracle.” –Booklist