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Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps | [Richard Rohr]

Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

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.
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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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    William Encinitas, CA, United States 12-26-11
    William Encinitas, CA, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2015
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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.


    2 of 2 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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    Christine Ventura, CA, United States 11-06-12
    Christine Ventura, CA, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2013
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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.

    1 of 1 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.

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    Laura 04-28-15
    Laura 04-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent healing guidance"

    A wonderful tie in to twelve steppers and spiritual practices. Other ways to pray and meditate using contemplative prayer.

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    T. Alan Reece nkxo nt asu 03-01-15
    T. Alan Reece nkxo nt asu 03-01-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Much needed read"

    I wasn't expected for the hole world to R included in this conversation. All of us have a spiritual illness. We need to see us growing on some type of scale. Thank you.

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    Marie-Claire 02-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Practical spirituality at it's finest."

    This book will now have a permanent place on my 'books for life' bookshelf.
    Giving as a gift to my loved ones.

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    kay3k 04-18-14
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    "Actual ideas for solutions!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Breathing Under Water to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.


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

    The entire book was quite memorable. I will keep this one.


    Have you listened to any of John Quigley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First experience with him.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Too many great ones to list!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel T. Sprague Silver Spring, MD 09-25-13
    Daniel T. Sprague Silver Spring, MD 09-25-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Awesome insite for spiritual growth"
    What made the experience of listening to Breathing Under Water the most enjoyable?

    This book continues to change my life


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

    What a spiritual relationship is really about and how to get there


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 05-16-13
    Christopher 05-16-13 Member Since 2015

    A Happy-go-lucky Irishman

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    "Coming up for air"
    What did you like best about Breathing Under Water? What did you like least?

    The concepts put forth are insightful, relevant and thought provoking. Anyone who has worked the twelve steps may appreciate his viewpoint. Anyone who has not, might be a little mystified. The reader begins to sound a bit unctuous at times when over emphasizing a point.


    What could Richard Rohr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Share more of his personal experience.


    What aspect of John Quigley’s performance would you have changed?

    A slight tendency towards overdramatizing the content.


    Could you see Breathing Under Water being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Matin Sheen, Ellen Burstyn and Toni Collette


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to hear more from this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
    4/12/15
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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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