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In our culture, the “good life” means getting more. This series of retreat talks challenges listeners to subtract--to release whatever hinders us from siding with the cosmic Christ, whether that be in our inner world or our outer world. Father Rohr offers a daring vision which calls us to surrender, to liberation, to making room for real freedom.

©1987 Richard Rohr, O.F.M. (P)2005 St. Anthony Messenger Press

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Letting Go: A Spirituality of Subtraction

Very good recording.
The talk captivated me during the first session, and continued to hold my attention.
Richard has way helping you understand our mission and how to get there.

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many truths, but politics is the answer?

I've been listening to Richard Rohr for a while now because he offers Truth you won't find elsewhere, but in this book, like others, I hear a lot of liberal politics as the answer to problems. Yes, I do still hear Christ as the answer as well, which is why I keep reading, but in my view, He is the ONLY answer and to direct us to politics puts the power (and the subsequent glory) in the hands of men, not God. I criticize my own conservative church for the same thing and was disappointed to find the counterpart here. It is difficult to find genuine Christianity, but I have seen it and been a part of it. I guess I'm still searching.

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series of talks

What made the experience of listening to Letting Go the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed hearing the author's voice

What was one of the most memorable moments of Letting Go?

nothing stands out as particularly memorable- all was pretty deep thinking for me

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

no - this is my first but I bought most of his. I did start a 2nd one of his that he narrates but reads instead of being a speech like this one- in this one he ends sentences with 'huh' or a sound like that quite a bit. when reading an actual book he doesn't seem to do this.

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

deep thinking

Any additional comments?

my main aggravation with this was the chaptering- there were about 9 'talk's but the chaptering didn't reflect the beginning/end of each - chapter 1 might have 5 min of the 2nd talk and the the 2nd talk would end and the 3rd talk start with 10 min- seems they could have divided it one chapter per topic.

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the best

I have read most of Rohr's books and taken his online classes. this lecture (I think from the 80s) is prophetic and is a must hear for Christians and mystics desiring discipleship.

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Best talk series by Richard Rohr

Of all the series that Fr Richard has made this, I believe, is his very best. An important and practical message.

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Excellent!

These talks are the equivalent of a condensed seminary education in spirituality..having just finished Fuller, it seems that Rohr made a synthesis of all of the spirituality courses and with so many perceptive insights into American culture and Christianity!

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Applicable to Now

Loved this teaching. Wish the chapter breaks actually matched up with the the speakers session breaks. Overall it is a great message for everyone. It is one I will relisten to in the months ahead.

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wonderful. Richard is my all time favorite

he gets to the heart of the matter. everytime. says the hard stuff. what we don't want to hear as Christians, but what we need to hear. I love him.

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Another Excellent Book from a Master Teacher

I've listened to and read 5 books by Richard Rohr so far, and all of them have taught me how to be a better person. I'm not Catholic, but Father Rohr goes beyond catholicism, beyond religion, and reminds us of the universality of ALL living beings. I cannot recommend his books enough if you're seeking the connection between us all and the universal Christ.

My only complaint has nothing to do with this book's message. I hope they will redo this at some point and make the chapters line up with the individual talks that he gives. They often begin and end in the middle of a chapter. I remedy that by placing bookmarks at the beginning of each talk, making it easier to go back and listen to specific ones. That issue is not enough to reduce the rating, because the content of the book itself is excellent. So despite that minor irritation, I will continue to go back to this, and all of his books, many times over because there is life changing information offered in every one.

If you are a seeker of true wisdom, you will find it here.

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Great insight on how to live beyond our egoic self

Great insight on how to live beyond our egoic self in the best possible way for the greatest good of all.

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  • 02-22-21

Brilliant!

Brilliant talk with so much to think about. I will need to listen to it again.

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This may well have changed my outlook on life.

Richard Rohr certainly gets to the core of what following Jesus is all about. He challenges the whole concept of rampant individualism & consumerism. I'm not following Jesus to get something out of it for me but how others may benefit; it's never for what I can get of it. Take the 'I' out of life & replace it with 'others'.