John Philip Newell
John Philip Newell is a poet, a scholar and a teacher. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is currently Writer Theologian for the Scottish Cathedral of the Isles as well as Companion Theologian for the American Spirituality Centre of Casa del Sol in New Mexico. He is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, including his best known titles Listening for the Heartbeat of God and his poetic book of prayer Sounds of the Eternal. He is a Church of Scotland minister with a passion for ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Canadian by birth, he lives in Edinburgh with his family where he undertook his doctoral research in Celtic Christianity. Since then he has played a leading role on both sides of the Atlantic in the re-birthing of a creation spirituality for today.
These rich prayers and chants are a companion to the book Sounds of the Eternal; the CD serves as an aid to awaken awareness of the goodness of creation and of the body. The prayers, inspired by Jewish and Celtic spirituality, are interspersed with an accompanying chant. The music and vocals of a Celtic and middle-eastern nature have been said to be “inspiring,” “strengthening,” “peaceful” and create a sense of “nearness.” Excellent for prayer and meditation groups, retreats and workshops. This CD, originally published in 2006, has a new cover which is inspired by the artwork of Tobi Kahn.
John Philip Newell is a Scottish poet and scholar with a passion for peace among the great wisdom traditions of humanity. He is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, having authored over 15 books, including Listening for the Heartbeat of God, Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation, and his most recent visionary work, A New Harmony: the Spirit, the Earth, & the Human Soul.
Suzanne Butler is from Edinburgh, Scotland. Listening and performing music were important to her from an early age. She graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Music. She has worked with the children’s charity Fischy Music, exploring self-esteem and emotions among children. Suzanne was also featured in another of John Philip Newell’s CDs, Chanting for Peace: Meditative Chants and Prayers.
Linda Larkin, composer, has performed in the Santa Fe area since 1996 and provides a wide variety of classical, popular, Celtic, Latin and sacred music. She performs at weddings, parties, conferences and memorial services. Linda holds a Masters Degree in music and maintains an active harp studio in Santa Fe. She has presented workshops at national conferences and co-led international pilgrimages. She is the founding director of High Desert Harps, a performing group of 10-12 harpists.
NEWELL — April 2006 (new cover 2012)
Chants and Prayers / CD / 1 disc / 5.6x4.9x0.9 inches
Running time 1 hour 7 minutes
ISBN 978-0-9886800-0-5 / $20.00
John Philip put in thought form (in Echo of the Soul) the essence expressed in prayer form in Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter. 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.
"Echo of the Soul is rather a minor miracle." --Booklist
Echo of the Soul: The Sacredness of the Human Body by John Philip Newell
Morehouse Publishing paperback
As never before in the history of humanity, we are becoming aware of the interrelatedness of life. The question is whether we will translate this emerging consciousness into transformative action so that we and the world may be well.
('With a book like this, religious history looks less bleak and spirituality much closer to home' – Matthew Fox)
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (July 26, 2011)
(Editorial Review: 'Newell is quickly becoming one of today's most authoritative and inspirational voices on Celtic Spirituality.')
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Paulist Press (November 1, 1999)
(‘Graceful, wise and important’ - Marcus Borg)
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (May 2, 2008)
(Editorial Review: ‘This excellent little book makes a good first foray into the subject of Celtic Spirituality.')
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Paulist Press; 1 edition (January 1, 1997)
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Paulist Press; 1 edition (July 1, 1999)
(Editorial Review: ‘Well-known Celtic expert J. Philip Newell uses an imaginative contemplation of the Gospels to bring readers to the realization that the kingdom of God is already within them. ... He then helps us move from prayer to social action.')
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Paulist Press (May 1, 2000)
(Reader Review: ‘The poetry of this book speaks directly to the human heart.')
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (September 1, 2000)