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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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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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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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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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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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  • Laredo, Texas
  • 01-13-18

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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It's like being told how to parent by a non-parent

Bless his heart for trying but Mr. Rohr is too blind to his own narrow world, too confused by economics, too presumptive of other people's inner worlds and incredibly arrogant and distorted by his own Catholic lens. Mr. Rohr touches on some bits of truth but they are so tainted by his own lack of experience. Perhaps the Catholic priests should get married and have children, work and live outside of their castles in order to make a living so that they could get down off their high horse and actually have some practical understanding of what it means to find that still, quiet place inside even amidst the madness of the world.

If you would like a fantastic book on Christian Mysticism (which is what Richard Rohr is attempting to teach here even if he doesn't know it) listen to "Resurrecting Jesus, Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic" by Adyashanti. He has a much better understanding of the mystery—of Jesus—and his book is not political.

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  • 12-05-17

This may well have changed my outlook on life.<br />

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'.