John O’Donohue, bestselling author of Anam Cara and Benedictus, died suddenly seven years ago. Now, a number 1 Best Seller on the Irish Times, Walking on the Pastures of Wonder, is a poignant and inspirational collection of radio conversations and presentations, based on his radio work with former RTE broadcaster and close friend John Quinn.
Collated by his friend John Quinn, the conversations span a number of years and explore such themes as wonder, landscape, the medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, aging and death. A book of great insight and riches, presented in John O’Donohue’s inimitable lyrical style, which will do much to feed the ‘unprecedented spiritual hunger’ that he had observed in modern society.
About the Authors:
John O’Donohue passed away in January 2008, aged just 52. Recognized by many as one of the most charismatic, inspirational writers of his day, John lived in the solitude of a cottage in the West of Ireland and spoke Gaelic as his native language. The writer David Whyte elegantly described John as ‘a serious philosopher, [a] critical take-no-prisoners thinker, the responsible head of a close, extended family, and the courageous, almost sacrificial activist, who with a group of North Burren allies, took on the might of the Irish establishment and won a victory that changed Irish law at a foundational level. This is a man who could hold the broad spectrum of human experience together in a fierce, intimate and compassionate way, leavened with a humour that defies easy description.
John O’Donohue was awarded a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from the University of Tbingen in 1990. He wrote several major works, including two poetry collections, Echoes of Memory and Conamara Blues, and the international bestsellers, Anam Cara, Eternal Echoes and Divine Beauty. His latest work, the acclaimed Benedictus: A Book of Blessings, was published in 2007.
John Quinn is a former broadcaster with RTE radio. Previous publications by Veritas include Goodnight Ballivor, I’ll Sleep in Trim, also the subject of a TG4 documentary, Letters to Olive: Sea of Love, Sea of Loss, Seed of Love, Seed of Life and Credo: Personal Testimonies of Faith.
“Walking on the Pastures of Wonder is a fresh well from which the thirsty pilgrim can drink at leisure and be refreshed.”
– Galway Advertiser, 5 March 2015
“This book is, as O’Donohue’s brother Pat nails it in the foreword, essentially a conversation: primarily between the late philosopher-poet and the former RTÉ radio producer, John Quinn, but truly between O’Donohue and the reader. Through a series of interviews (and a 1997 Open Mind lecture) conducted on a mountainside, a bar in Connemara, an office in Grafton Street, Dublin and a studio in Donnybrook, Quinn’s questions become a conduit for O’Donohue’s thoughts. The philosopher’s free-wheeling imagination is deliberately unedited by Quinn and much of what’s here is previously unpublished. It is a book of wonder, inspiration, prescience (“Politics seems devoid of vision and is becoming more and more synonymous with economics”) and no little comfort. And as you read, you realise that it prompts the greatest conversation of all, the one within the reader’s own imagination.”
– RTÉ Guide, March 21-27, 2015