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A Spiritual Odyssey {Diary of an Ordinary Catholic} by [O'Hare, Brian]
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"A Spiritual Odyssey" is the compelling story of a six-year journey on two converging paths - a burgeoning spirituality, and a dramatic physical degeneration that took the author to the doors of death. While the book is essentially a witness to the miraculous grace of God, and how it reaches into both soul and body, the author also describes his medical journey from death's door to new life. Add in some little vignettes of vacation time spent in France and elsewhere, laced occasionally with wry humour, and the whole becomes an interesting mix. The author describes his hospital experiences in gory detail while, at the same time, struggling with questions of a theological nature. The questions, however, are not academic. They emerge from the practical, often confusing circumstances in which the author found himself as he coped with dying and tried to understand his growing spirituality.

Significant commentators had this to say about A Spiritual Odyssey:
1. "Some of the medical descriptions chill the blood but the religious explorations are heart-warming, ranging from reading theologians as different as Sean Fagan and Basil Hume, to a meeting with the sensible and down-to-earth Sister Briege McKenna, and to a pilgrimage through the holy places of France, all of which makes this a fine exposition of the riches of the Catholic tradition
[David McLaurin, The Tablet]

2...well written and should appeal to readers who draw inspiration from accounts of others' experiences. Of interest to public libraries.
[Denise J. Stankovics, Connecticut Library Association Review, USA ]

3. Intelligent and sensitive...very moving...gives a graphic account of suffering and anguish...gives us wonderful vignettes of people he met on his journey. His description of Lourdes is truly evocative and marvellous.
[Anthony Redmond, The Irish Catholic]


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 721 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brian O'Hare; 1 edition (12 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GNIJ3ZG
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just beautiful 30 March 2017
By Kelly Seppy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was a superbly told account of Brian O' Hare's journey of a faith that was ignited, tested and proved under the weight of a life-threatening illness. He was honest about the struggles he endured, which made the story brush up against many of my own spiritual questions. His thoughts, so clearly conveyed, made me feel I knew him.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read!!! 8 January 2014
By Claire McMahon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have just finished Brian's book and found it a truly inspirational read. Brian's spiritual journey gives pause for thought that somone who suffered so much should question whether his life has been good enough to please Jesus. His theological conversations with those close to him are very interesting. He lived long enough to receive his liver transplant and God was good to him helping him through his recovery. May he continue to stay in good health and know that through his suffering he has touched the hearts and minds of those who have chosen to read his book, especially mineI have just finished Brian's book and found it a truly inspirational read. Brian's spiritual journey gives pause for thought that somone who suffered so much should question whether his life has been good enough to please Jesus. His theological conversations with those close to him are very interesting. He lived long enough to receive his liver transplant and God was good to him helping him through his recovery. May he continue to stay in good health and know that through his suffering he has touched the hearts and minds of those who have chosen to read his book, especially mine!! Once again Brian thanks for giving me the privilege of sharing your journey through this amazing book!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ***** 12 October 2012
By ckelly - Published on Amazon.com
I recently came across these reviews of A Spiritual Odyssey by Brian O'Hare that I had set aside for another purpose some time ago. I think together they indicate that A Spiritual Odyssey merits a five-star rating:

1. "Some of the medical descriptions chill the blood but the religious explorations are heart-warming, ranging from reading theologians as different as Sean Fagan and Basil Hume, to a meeting with the sensible and down-to-earth Sister Briege McKenna, and to a pilgrimage through the holy places of France, all of which

makes this a fine exposition of the riches of the Catholic tradition."

[David McLaurin,

The Tablet]

2...well written and should appeal to readers who draw inspiration from accounts

of others' experiences. Of interest to public libraries.

[Denise J. Stankovics,

Connecticut Library Association Review , USA ]

3. Intelligent and sensitive...very moving...gives a graphic account of suffering and anguish...gives us wonderful vignettes of people he met on his journey. His

description of Lourdes is truly evocative and marvellous.

[Anthony Redmond,

The Irish Catholic]

4. A courageous book, deeply fascinating. I believe it will do a lot of good.

[Sr. Louise Hume,

Abbess of The Poor Clares, Australia .]

5. I read it with enjoyment and, I hope, profit. What distinguishes it from other

spiritual works is the clarity of the prose and the honesty of the author.

[Professor Art Cosgrove,

Vice-Chancellor, University College , Dublin

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 16 October 2015
By Elliemae - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
An interesting book, a little too much navel gazing.

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