John O'Donohue's death earlier this year was a sad, sad loss. Heard him at Greenbelt in 2007 and he was simply awesome.
If you've not read any of his books, then I would not advise you starting with this one. Start with Anam Cara, which in my view is his masterpiece.
This book of blessings will make much more sense after you've read Anam Cara and perhaps one of his other books first, like Eternal Echoes.
If you have read one of his earlier books then this book will be a treasured resource for you to dip in and out of. John O'Donohue is a wordsmith of the highest order and his turn of phrase is delightful.
He covers themes such as Beginnings, Desires, Thresholds, Homecomings, States of Heart, Callings and Beyond Endings. It is a book of poetic blessings in his unique Celtic style.
I have used the blessings to encourage family and friends and I too have found solace in the wonderful imaginative depth of his words.
It receives 4 stars, as Anam Cara must rank higher with 5 stars.