I received this book “Water from an Ancient Well” as an e-book to review for being a part of SpeakEasy. I must say I wasn’t sure what to expect when starting this book but very quickly realized that it had a depth that was true to the subject matter. The author does an excellent job in leading the reader along the shores of the ancient land introducing us to the ancient Celts. The further along you read the deeper you find yourself in the ancient world of the Celtic Christians who truly knew Christ in all things. If I were to describe in one word the ancient Celtic Christians it would be “aware”.
“Water from an Ancient Well”, is refreshing in the sense that it is very much Christ centered. You will get some history of the ancient Celts – from there influences, outlook on life, to there everyday awareness of the presence of Christ. Every part of there day was used as a way to turn to the Lord. The subtitle of the book is Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life and the author does a tremendous job gleaning from the life of the Celtic Christians and presenting practical applications for our modern lives today.
I am finding more and more how different groups of Christians throughout the years from various traditions have made valuable contributions to the body of Christ. We as the body of Christ would be wise to receive from the still fresh and rich supply of Christ that springs forth from the testimony of the lives of the Celtic saints. The author Kenneth McIntosh does an excellent job making that testimony accessible and practical to us today.
Although this book is more than a devotional I found it to be similar in depth and content as “Practicing the Presence” by Brother Lawrence, “Letters of a Modern Mystic” by Frank Laubach and “Longing for God” by Richard J Foster as well as other similar writings.
Let me also say I really enjoyed this book because it showed how the Celtic Christians lived and breathed Christ as their life. They saw Christ in all things and all things pointed to Christ. I have found this to be the most liberating reality to know Christ as my life and not just a part of my life. This book shows what that looks like and looked like in the lives of the Celts and how we can experience that ourselves today.