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The Fire of the North: The Life of Saint Cuthbert [Paperback]

David Adam
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24 Jan 2003
St Cuthbert, monk and bishop of Lindisfarne, was a man of extraordinary charm and ability. A preacher, teacher and pastor, he was also reputed to have gifts of prophecy and healing. David Adam, one of the most prolific and best-loved writers in the Celtic tradition, vividly relates the story of this central figure in Celtic Christianity. Drawing out the qualities which make Cuthbert so important in our own time, Fire of the North celebrates the saint's ready sense of God's presence and eager response to nature. The narrative is complemented throughout by prayers specially composed to help us experience the direct force of Celtic spirituality for ourselves.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing; New edition edition (24 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281055610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281055616
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Adam is one of the best-loved figures in Celtic spirituality, and author of many successful books including most recently Island of Light (SPCK, 2002) and A Celtic Psaltery (SPCK, 2001). He is the Vicar of Lindisfarne, which receives thousands of pilgrims each year.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cuthbert for the curious 20 Feb 2007
By Exlancs
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First of all, this is the only book I have read about St Cuthbert so I cannot compare it with other biographies, but I am so pleased I decided to read it. This is only a small book: I read one chapter each day, so I finished it in 17 days. Small book though it is, it provides a fascinating insight into the life of one of Britain's greatest saints, with Adam offering pen portraits of the man at various stages of his life, from tending the sheep as a young man and witnessing the soul of St Aidan ascend to heaven, to the various miraculous events recorded about Cuthbert, and finally to his wanderings around the north of England in a coffin for centuries after his death. Adam uses artistic licence to flesh out the bare bones of what is known about Cuthbert and turns him into a real person, with extracts from conversations he may have had and thoughts that may have passed through his head. By the end of the book I felt as though I knew St Cuthbert well - or at least all the bits that need to be known about him. Although I enjoyed reading about this remarkable man, I didn't enjoy so much the prayers that conclude each chapter. I found them slightly irritating and a bit repetitive. I would have preferred questions for reflection or maybe short Bible passages that tie in to the theme of each chapter, but others may appreciate the Celtic-style prayers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 July 2014
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Bought for St Cuthbert school
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 19 May 2011
By JennyL
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Everything about the life of Cuthbert is interesting, and especially when looked at by David Adam. A must read for all of us who love Lindisfarne.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 20 Feb 2007
By Claire Sherman - Published on Amazon.com
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This small paperback is only 148 pages and could be read thoughtfully in about 2 hours.

It is written simply in the Celtic style about a wonderful man; monk and bishop of Lindisfarne Island in the 7th Century AD. It is the historical period of the famous monasteries of learning and illuminated gospels, before the Viking raids of 793 AD.

The book is well worth reading.
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