Edward Sellner attributes his interest in Celtic spirituality to his Irish ancestry and delved into the topic while in graduate school. Since that time he has contributed a great deal to this area of spirituality, particularly the notion of companions on the spiritual journey known as soul friends. His book THE WISDOM OF THE CELTIC SAINTS is one of his contributions in this area.
The book contains some factual information about Celtic Christianity which serves as an introduction to the writings of the saints themselves. Sellner includes excerpts from the writings of the better known Celtic saints such as Patrick, Brendan, Bridget, Columcille, and David of Wales, as well as some lesser known saints. It is set up like the collections of the desert fathers and mothers, and can be used for spiritual reading in a similar manner.
Readers of this book will find the writings spiritually enriching, imaginative, and rather practical. It will also help readers see that this ancient form of Christian spirituality has a great deal to say to us today.
The Introduction is worth the price of the book. In the beginning of the book, the writer does a great job of introducing the reader to the Celtic way of sprituality. It is impossible to do justice to this section of the book in just a few words here. Suffice it to say that this one section of this one book is one of the best I've ever read as an overview to the way the Celtic person viewed the world and spirituality. The rest of the book is full of stories about numerous Celtic saints, and after following the great intro, was a bit of a let-down for me. Still,although I read this book three years ago, I have not forgotten how helpful this introduction was to my understanding.