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Water - A Spiritual History
by Ian Bradley
When you see Ian Bradley's name on a book you know you are in for a well researched, intelligent and well written book and this one on Water really is no different. It is a lovely troll through the imagery and use of water within both Christian and pagan spirituality, both abroad and more especially here in the UK. So we have a lovely look at the images and significance of both baths and baptism, we come to see Rome's attraction to water, the early churches rejection of it, especially if warm! Then move onto the Celts love of springs, and from there onto the Christian development of holy wells and finally into our more modern attraction to spas and how all of these feed into the spiritual core.
Beautifully written with black and white photographs included, this book uses history, prose and poetry to really explore the spiritual history that water has. A definite must for anyone with any water baby tendencies, or who would just like to know a little more about how this most important element features in our spiritual development and faith.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (22/11/12)