140. Celtic Treasure by Liz Babbs

Celtic Treasure: Unearthing the Riches of Celtic Spirituality by Liz Babbs (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 80 pages
Ages: ALL
Finished: July 21, 2010
First Published: Sept 1, 2009
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Genre: non-fiction, religion, Christian
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

I keep a box of 'treasures' in my attic.

Acquired: I won a copy from the author.

Reason for Reading: I am Catholic and am interested in the early Church, especially the Saints.

Well, honestly, I didn't know what to expect from this book. What was Celtic Spirituality? Was it some new age thing or Christian? Upon opening the little book I was immediately met with Scripture and St. Patrick's Breastplate along with stunning photography of Christian ruins from the 1st millenium in Ireland and Scotland. This is a lovely, hand-sized gift book printed on quality paper. A delight to read and look at. The book is about the history of the Celtic Christians in the first millennium and though it is never mentioned this is, in other words, the early history of the Catholic Church in Ireland and Scotland. Everything that is mentioned, the history, the saints, the prayers, the places, the way of life are all from the beginnings of the Church in this part of the world, when the Celts were converted to Christianity. The book is full of scripture and Saint's prayer's (my favourite part), and even quotes from C.S. Lewis and Chesterton. The author herself has written her own prayers and poems which are very nice and full of Christian love. A nice book.

When I was finished I googled one of the modern day communities mentioned in the book that practiced Celtic Spirituality, just to know what it was. It's not something I'm interested in but I'm happy we share the same history. My church is decorated with Celtic crosses on it's outside architecture as our patron saint is Saint Patrick and we have his Breastplate inside the church.


  1. If you are interested in reading more Celtic stuff, I recommend Celtic Spirituality and Celtic Christian Spirituality. Both are by Oliver Davies. They are full of primary source material from the early and Medieval ages.

    There are several good books about the Celts themselves, but few are in print. Celtic Theology by Thomas O'Loughlin is a seminal work on the subject.

    If you cannot tell, I love Celtic Christianity and am sure that while Celtic Treasures was an excellent read 80 pages is not nearly enough to even broach the subject.


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