Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved of all saints. Both traditional and entirely revolutionary, he was a paradox. He was at once down-to-earth and reaching toward heaven, grounded in the rich history of the Church while moving toward a new understanding of the world beyond. Francis found an "alternative way" to follow Jesus, one that disregarded power and privilege and held fast to the narrow path of the Gospel.
Franciscan Father Richard Rohr helps us look beyond the birdbath image of the saint to remind us of the long tradition founded on Francis' revolutionary, radical, and life-changing embrace of the teachings of Jesus.
©2014 Richard Rohr (P)2014 Franciscan Media
"Eager to Love illuminates the path of Francis of Assisi as a path of evolving life toward integral wholeness." (Ilia Delio, O.S.F., author of Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis)
"A gift to all Franciscan-hearted people everywhere!" (Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., author of The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering)
Now in Colbert, Washington
Eager to Love was time well spent, although much of it seemed addressed largely to Franciscan Catholics. Nevertheless, I gained great appreciation for the pioneering life and ministry of Francis of Assisi.
True Self / False Self and Hidden Things or Falling Upward all express much of Richard Rohr's theology which shows moderate development and maturing thought as he ages. Many of the major themes supporting his contrast of Platonic dualism with Christ mysticism were obvious in earlier works such as Great Themes in Paul and Great Themes in Scripture.
Father Richard Rohr needs to narrate his own books. Father Quigley may be equally devout, but his narration is often flat and tedious, without the passion and inflection of Father Rohr's voice. I have listened to several Audible versions by both, and despite the time commitment required, I believe Father Rohr's own voice gives far more creedence and eloquence to his works.
No, but since Father Rohr provides a steady stream of revenue for the publishers, I'm sure there will be many more. And I do hope he continues!
Father Rohr gets it! He understands the contemporary crisis of faith confronting Catholism and Protestantism, and he weaves a tapestry of challenging and believable alternatives to the drivel so often representative of today's innocuous and lukewarm church. Obviously he also applauds the bright light of hope streaming from Pope Francis who likewise takes his name from and calls the church to the life and ministry of Francis of Assisi.
His voice was said to take away from the book. However, I would listen to anything read by Quigley. I stopped "hearing" him and pondering what he was reading. I could ask for no more.
I almost didn't get this book because of some preconceived ideas. Soooo glad I went with my heart and not my brain. If you would like some fresh ideas, excellent insight, unbiased answers and some honest fresh discussion on some very Old ideas... Give this one a go-round. Pay special attention at the end of the book to the appendixes, Ya...
Rohr has helped me understand what it is to be a Christian mystic ... and he has helped me appreciate that is what I am.
St Francis is not for the faint of heart ... But then neither was Christ on the cross and the empty tomb.
This is an outstanding, unvarnished glimpse of both.
If you ever get to Assisi, be sure to look for the gift that the Sultan presented to Francis ... and be inspired by their meeting as described in this book.
I usually prefer Rohr reading his own work, but this performance is excellent.
Francis begat Rohr
Rohr explains why he, and Francis, are fully Catholic but still quietly disappointed in some aspects of the Roman Catholic Church
Does not apply
What I liked most about this book is that it goes back to the Fransican roots of everything Rohr has said in the 20 or so books that I have read by him, yet it also goes forward by helping me understand that on some level both he and Francis are quietly disappointed--but also predisposed not to argue with the Church. Being Eager to Love is a great title for this book. I sense he wants us to do this with each other and with the Church.
Fr Rohr does it again. knowing about God is not knowing God. I'm getting to know God better and more, and more better.
The reader not bad, but part of What I like best about Father Rohr's books is his performance as a speaker; His emphasis and inflections are part of what makes the experience enjoyable .
I have listened to this twice and them bought it to read again. In a world filled with Christians who think we somehow own Christ and who argue over theology, Richard Rohr draws us to that simple, deeper truth that my Grandfather in WVa taught me long ago. God is love and only love. His love is for all the world and every soul who loves knows him. The eternal Christ mystery is bigger than the Church. It is all welcoming and inclusive. Every heart who is eager to love receives His immense grace. And , as CS Lewis said, the gates of Hell are closed from the inside.
A summation of the way of St. Francis for contemporary people.
Mr. Quigley renders a halting and poor reading complete with places where "let me try that again" are left in!
Not Rohr's best work in my estimation. Made worse by a poor performance.
I often found myself quoting things said in this book because it made such obvious sense. I just finished it but I intend to listen again in case I missed something and to cement what I did hear.
I found this audiobook to be very insightful and enlightening. Fr Richard is a master at explaining the very complex very simply and in a style that is passionate and invigorating. I kept wanting to turn it off to go to sleep but the content and Fr Quigley's voice were mesmerizing. This is not a beginners book but for those who already have an understanding of Franciscan spirituality and for those it will certainly delight! Highly recommended!!
There are a few mistakes in the audio but still nicely read. An excellent audio book with great depth and insight that seems to pull back the veil of religious practice and history to reveal the beating heart within. St. Francis is a great example to work with.
"Eager to love"
Listeners to this book should be aware that if you take notice, meditate and practise what the author tells us of St. Francis, it could seriously change your life.
It is sometimes necessary to re-wind and re-listen to parts of this book to fully understand some of the ideas put forward. I found that I had to do this but it was well worth the time spent in doing so. You on the other hand may be a lot brighter than me.
Please listen to this book if you are genuinely interested in Spirituality. It can do nothing except benefit you and hopefully bring you peace and some joy.
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