No doubt this is one of Richard Rohr's best books, along with "Immortal Diamond". Reading the reviews of both this book and others by Rohr, I'm struck by the number of people who are shocked that a book written by a Christian author can contain wisdom relevant to contemporary spiritual seekers...these folks have never heard of Christian contemplatives or the Christian Wisdom Tradition? It's as though every religion in the world is now recognized as a source of spiritual knowledge except for Christianity, which ironically happens to be home to one of the world's oldest and deepest wisdom traditions.
At any rate, if all this is new to you, there are many other wonderful, wisdom-oriented Christian writers/teachers out there to explore in addition to Richard Rohr...Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Cynthia Bourgeault, Thomas Keating, Gerald May, Thomas Moore, and Carl McColman come most immediately to mind but there are many, many others in all sorts of genres and sub-genres. (If you want something a little more entertaining -- though no less wise -- try Anne Lamott or Barbara Brown Taylor.) Explore the Western traditions, friends...you might be surprised!
I would advise anyone over the age of 50 to read this book. It brought together many of the threads of my life and helped me clarify and answer questions regarding my self, emotional healing, self-forgiveness, spirituality, etc. I definitely want to listen to it again. The first half of the book, although very pertinent, was often repetitious. I also wish that the author had elaborated more on our dark side during the second half. But, it was still very worth reading and I have recommended it to others.
Yes. For Spiritual lift and incite.
Richard Rohr is a great listen. But don't buy his book if narrated by another.
No. I find myself pulling over to the side of the road often, to take notes. It's so packed with valuable stuff, it's hard just to listen and drive.
I recommend anything by Richard Rohr. I do find it easier to read, though
i enjoyed both very much but the audible better - Rohr narrates and it is nice to hear HIS voice , inflection , tone ,word emphasis and phrasing
not that applicable to the subject
no : but for good reason - needed to go back to previous chapters often because it does challenge ones previous knowledge and thinking ... i would listen ... think on what was said and go back and need to here it again .
wonderful publication . DO NOT BE IN A HURRY TO "GET THRU IT " savor it ... let it sit .. allow it to soak ...
I was a little confused by this book in the beginning. But it is so full of the mature turths of the Bible which are so well hidden in paradox. Wonderful if you have the time to relax and listen to his whole message.
50-something, female, work in the city, live in the country in the Midwest, religious, married, conservative, professional.
This was recommended by a freind and I must say it helped me understand why I am so different than I used to be. I thought I was the only one. But this helped me know that the changes in my focus, interests and motivation are typical, normal and designed to support the world! Thanks, Father!!
I really liked that this was narrated by the author!
I turned this on while I was relaxing in bed. Rohr has a gentle and comforting voice, which put me to sleep before I knew it. Unfortunately, his writing style is repetitive, and I have no idea of what he said, only the way he said it. I'll have to go back and listen again when I am not in bed.
If it were 75% shorter, if the author didn't belabor his points, and if he hadn't name-dropped throughout the book (by all means,share the pithy or wise remark made by a famous person but in the spirit of St. Francis' humility, leave out the irrelevant detail that the remark was made to you in person). Author comes across as having Workshop Presenter Personality Disorder, a narcissism that leads him to believe that every random, banal thought he has is original (this book has no originality) and profound. Save your book credit and pass this one by.
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It was adequate but had a stagey kind of false intimacy.
Annoyance. I was looking forward to some fresh ideas about the second half of life. Nothing profound here. Could have used a good editor.
Rambled on and on and never got to the point. Spiritually, this guy is from Mars.
I got suckered into this one. The title and subject sounded like something I really wanted to explore, but this book is a waste of time. Kept thinking it would get better, but it didn't.