• Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

  • Rediscovering the True Sources of Compassion, Serenity, and Hope
  • By: John O'Donohue
  • Narrated by: John O'Donohue
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-13-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (151 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion, and in ourselves. When we experience the Beautiful, there is a wonderful sense of homecoming; we feel fully alive. Our lives become illuminated, and behind the shudder of appearances we come to glimpse the sure form of things. On Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, Irish poet and philosopher John O'Donohue invites us to remember and to awaken the Beautiful; it is always secretly there, awaiting but our attention and reverence in order to come alive. Beauty is the true priestess of individuation. But our times are dominated by anxiety and by what is vulgar, coarse, and artificial. Were Beauty to awaken in the fields of politics, religion, planning, discourse, and seeing, our world would heal, and fresh wells of hope would refresh us. Kathleen Raine, the English poet says: "Strangest of all is the ease with which the vision is lost, consciousness contracts, we forget over and over again, until recollection is stirred by some icon of that beauty. Then we remember and wonder why we ever forgot."
©2006 John O'Donohue (P)2006 John O'Donohue
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kelly on 06-19-17

Stunning book

One of the best and most beautiful books I have ever read. This book is beauty itself.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Never too many sparkles on 09-17-16

Rediscovering the Beauty around us and in us.

If you could sum up Beauty: The Invisible Embrace in three words, what would they be?

Thoughtful. Brilliant. Peaceful.

What did you like best about this story?

Not a story - duh. John O'Donohue is a gifted teacher and weaver of words.

What about John O'Donohue’s performance did you like?

Gaelic Lilt.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Had to listen to much of it more than once. Full of deep heart.

Any additional comments?

I ll likely listen to it again.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 01-23-17

Captivated.

I have listened and will continue to listen to this audio book over and over again. Each time a little bit more gold sticks to me.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ms. Bhavna Raithatha, Counsellor on 07-24-18

Exquisite

I have listened to this incredible piece of work during every break from work or sleeping. I was enchanted, soothed, mesmerised by the content and Mr O'Donohue's tender voice. I want to hear more of his work and this is a book I have and will, recommend to friends and clients. It is especially poignant having lost a dear friend through suicide a couple of weeks ago, I was particularly moved by the chapter on our relationship to spaces. This is a book everyone on earth should read, and I am not normally do emphatic.

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