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Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi | [Richard Rohr]

Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi

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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jonathan Corcoran Wa United States 11-05-14
    Jonathan Corcoran Wa United States 11-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    What does John Quigley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Colbert, WA, USA 10-18-14
    David Colbert, WA, USA 10-18-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Richard Rohr Should Read Richard Rohr"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Eager to Love to and why?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Do you think Eager to Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew McKinney, TX, United States 08-27-14
    Matthew McKinney, TX, United States 08-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An interesting book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eager to Love to be better than the print version?

    No. I was dissatisfied with the performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eager to Love?

    Listening to Rohr describe non-dualistic thinking.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was slow and sometimes emphasis was applied oddly. Additionally a few times it sounded like the narrator mispronounced a word and merely started again. Why was this not edited in such a way as to flow flawlessly? He has a good vocal tone, but the actual performance dragged a bit and the book seemed less than professionally presented.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's not that kind of book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised by the criticism Rohr leveled against the Church and her authorities. It was just disconcerting to hear these types of ideas coming from a religious priest. But overall not a bad book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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