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Breathing Under Water Audiobook

Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

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Publisher's Summary

We are all addicted in some way. When we learn to identify our addiction, embrace our brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. In Breathing Under Water, Franciscan Father Richard Rohr shows how the gospel principles in the Twelve Steps can free anyone from any addiction from an obvious dependence on alcohol or drugs to the more common but less visible addiction that we all have to sin.

©2011 Richard Rohr (P)2011 St. Anthony Messenger Press

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    Christine 11-06-12
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    "Will listen to again and again."
    If you could sum up Breathing Under Water in three words, what would they be?

    Fearless unapologetic raw


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    God.


    What three words best describe John Quigley’s voice?

    enunciates too carefully


    What did you learn from Breathing Under Water that you would use in your daily life?

    Humility. So much in a relatively short book. I will definitely view step 10 the way he did that rather than being a repeat of the fearless inventory (sometimes referred to as ruthless inventory) in step 4, it is more of a continual observation of my actions and thoughts and experiences calmly, objectively and compassionately. The author's discussion of consciousness leading up to this is so interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I will read more of Richard Rohr's work.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 04-20-16
    Anne 04-20-16
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    "Worst narrator ever....human?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Great book content made COMPLETELY impossible to listen to due to narrator who obeyed no conventions of cadence or phrasing.... Do not buy the audible version. Get the actual book and save yourself the frustration.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 06-20-15
    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 06-20-15 Member Since 2011

    As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!

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    "Great content!"

    Because I have heard Richard Rohr read his own books, I didn't care for the narrator. I don't think it is because the narrator wasn't good, I just happen to enjoy listening to Richard read his own stuff. But the book provides insights for those seeking to reconcile the scriptures with the wisdom of the 12 steps!
    Richard Rohr is especially gifted as a writer and as a spiritual guide.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Encinitas, CA, United States 12-26-11
    William Encinitas, CA, United States 12-26-11
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    "Great Spirituality for 12 steppers & others also!"
    Would you listen to Breathing Under Water again? Why?

    Great wisdom


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breathing Under Water?

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    Which character – as performed by John Quigley – was your favorite?

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    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Breathing Under Water?

    Seeing 12 steps in a whole new light tying the spiritual principles to the teachings of Jesus.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Chattanooga, TN, United States 06-23-16
    Timothy Chattanooga, TN, United States 06-23-16 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Contemporary contemplative goldmine"

    Right breathes life into the 12 Steps for contemporary contemplatives. Whether you're in recovery or not, If you're following a contemplative path, this is an essential companion guide.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mary keep 10-30-15
    mary keep 10-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "12 step, life illuminating!"

    This book helped me to relax into certain ongoing 12 step mysteries.

    Why do we examine ourselves so deeply only to arrive at steps 6 and 7 and do "nothing".

    What is God centered prayer vs self centered self talk?

    What is this spiritual awakening? A change in processing systems?
    These questions are just a few of the concepts Rohr examines.

    A must for an AA who has a leaning towards the contemplative or a hunger to awaken deeper!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Bradley, IL, United States 11-12-12
    Timothy Bradley, IL, United States 11-12-12
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    "eye & mind enlightening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the one enriched


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it brought to light some of what i knew in a brighter way


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Every alcoholic wants to share the 12 Steps"

    Fr. Rohr has done what every alcoholic and other addict always wants, that is, to share the power and the hope that the 12 Step program gives us with non-alcoholics. It [the 12 Step Program] works if you work it - for everyone.

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    Gary D Grabko 09-06-16
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    "Well worth the time."

    Perspective on 12 the Steps that were written over 75 years ago. Recovery as work of a God given nature.

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    Bob Works 09-05-16
    Bob Works 09-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Breathing as Life is..."

    Sound and practical basis of life and growth and its cycles which are always continuing as is life.

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    "Excellent"

    Yes it was very enlightening.
    The most memorable part was towards the end of the book.
    Jesus suffers with us. Helps to surrender.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D. M. Jenkins
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    2/19/15
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    "Some of the best from Rohr"

    One of the best I've heard from Rohr. He discusses how we are all addicts and all need to find a path to healing and sobriety.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia Forde
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    "Illuminating"

    This is a wonderful book ,providing excellent insight for anyone looking for a parallel insight into the 12 step programme .

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  • chris
    3/18/15
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    "Quite good"
    Would you listen to Breathing Under Water again? Why?

    I am not sure. Since some time I am using caution to certain "novel" teachings. Although seems correct, I use caution now when I hear "He, She" for God (and other novelties) . Probably there may be nothing incorrect, yet, it puts me off or at least on guard. After this book, I listened to the teaching of Archbishop Fulton Sheen and I gained confidence again. As a Catholic I feel more secure with "conservative" sound teaching of the Church.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been in 12 Steps recovery since almost 5 years and I liked the parallel made in the book between 12 Steps and the Christian teaching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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