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Summary

Silver Award Winner, 2019 Nautilus Book Awards!

The Children’s Fire forges a trail into Britain’s wild and ancient Celtic past. It locates the fragments of a story that still has resonance today; the pulse and surge of an older wisdom that cracks the mendacity of the shopping mall’s vacuous promise. It is a passionate evocation of a generous, inclusive, diverse and spiritually significant world - the world of our longing. 

In the winter of 2009 Mac Macartney walked from his birthplace in England across Wales to the island of Anglesey, once the spiritual epicenter of Late Iron Age Britain, navigating by the sun and the stars, with no map, compass, stove, or tent, and in the coldest winter for many years. The Children’s Fire records that journey and seeks to lay bare the aching loss of knowing and understanding sacredness as it applies to everything ordinary that brings joy to the human heart. It asserts the emergence of a new story; the story of a people coming home to a truth made all the more poignant having so painfully broken faith with nature, our deeper humanity, and the paradise we fouled with such casual disrespect. It is a love story and part of a larger narrative that is surfacing all around the world. It seeks to reclaim our future and name it, beautiful.

©2018 Mac Macartney (P)2020 Practical Inspiration Publishing

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"Few amongst us have both the integrity of spirit to undertake a genuine earth-walk and the poetry of soul to write about it afterwards in such passionate, powerful terms. Mac Macartney is one who has both. In this time of great turning, when we each must examine our heartfelt relationship to the earth and the more-than-human world around us, Mac's journey is a guiding light and an inspiration, a paean to the possible, to the best that we can be. With strength in the vulnerability, spanning the wide, wide spectrum of what it is to be human on this earth at this time, there could not be a more important - or timely - work." (Manda Scott, author of the Boudica: Dreaming series)

"Mac Macartney is a prophet of cultural renewal, an interrupter of the Western egocentric-consumer worldview, a wild man, an elder, a humble pilgrim, perhaps a present-day druid, and an enchanting storyteller. In The Children's Fire, he recounts his three-week solo journey on foot, without map or compass, through the scarred but still-sacred lands of his native Britain to a mythic, real, holy isle - a dreamtime pilgrimage to reclaim his/our original human wildness and belonging to the land, undertaken on behalf of the children of all species seven generations hence. You won't want to be left behind. Join him." (Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft and Wild Mind)

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A beacon of hope

An honest, heart felt account of one man's journey, this book calls us to remember our cultural stories and refind our true nature. Enjoyable, inspiring, powerful.

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Children's Fire

Evocative weaving of history and modern day Druidic journeying. I will be lighting my children's fire too.

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Food for the soul

A deep story blending one man's journey home with the history of this island. Amazing