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
Fearless unapologetic raw
enunciates too carefully
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.
I will read more of Richard Rohr's work.
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!
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.
Seeing 12 steps in a whole new light tying the spiritual principles to the teachings of Jesus.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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!
the one enriched
it brought to light some of what i knew in a brighter way
The content is so enlightening and substantial that after purchasing the Kindle version I added-and paid for- audible narrative.Big mistake!I can't finish it. The narrator sounds like he is delivering a funeral homily for the 1,000 time.Be very careful with Fr.Rohr's Audible books.Fr. Rohr's narration is energetic and passionate.He changes tone, speed and emphasis appropriate to content. I wouldn't miss purchasing any of Father's Kindle books except some few of the later ones where he " preaches to the choir" on political themes; especially when 80% of book is just that-politics.
Yes it was very enlightening.
The most memorable part was towards the end of the book.
Jesus suffers with us. Helps to surrender.
"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.
This is a wonderful book ,providing excellent insight for anyone looking for a parallel insight into the 12 step programme .
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.
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.
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