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In language that Paul might use if he were preaching and writing today, Rohr presents Paul’s all-embracing vision and invites us to enter into the mystery of Christ and be transformed. Rohr breaks new ground by applying up-to-date theories of our universe, integrating them with Paul’s revolutionary thinking about sin, saints and spirituality.

Deep and complex, Paul may seem to be full of inconsistencies: arrogant but also humble, a fervent believer but a probing, critical thinker, a mystic but also a missionary community builder. Rohr admits the difficulties in understanding the short excerpts of Paul’s letters read at Sunday Mass. He analyzes the letters and explains the great themes. He challenges our usual understandings and invites us to imitate Paul and enter into the mystery in organic solidarity with the Risen Christ. Rohr sees us as partaking in the incredible transformation of the whole cosmos that struggles with the pattern of descent and ascent that is revealed and affirmed in Jesus.

©2002 Richard Rohr, O.F.M. (P)2002 St. Anthony Messenger Press

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  • Robert
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 12-28-13

Deeply Compassionate, Engaged Theology

Saint Paul has always been my favourite writer, since I first started to have favourite writers. Paul evangelized me both for literature and religion. What he writes is so eloquent, and so psychologically penetrating, it must be true in some sense. The author of the present book, Richard Rohr, talks about Paul's spirituality as one of inner transformation and growth. Between them, Paul and Jesus created the human individual as a unit of worth in mankind's evaluation of things. Rohr is gentle and passionate in the extreme, and teaches us many insights of wisdom and deep religious principles. His book is sure to give you new ways to understand your faith and the marvellous truths of theology.

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  • Mr
  • 10-15-15

Healing to my Christian upbring

Would you listen to Great Themes of Paul again? Why?

Because its a mind opener. If you were like me you were raised on fear, and narrow minded Christian views that were both judgemental and quite literally childish.What a relief to listen to this. Blew me away, made me believe not only in the man Paul but helped me understand Jesus and the Christ in a way which made sense to my thinking, feeling and processing mind. I feel like Rohr's telling of Pauls transformational story allows us all a context in which to understand our spiritual unfolding and the dilemmas we face. I have fallen in love with the Jesus story, and will never see the crucifixion in the same light again. Wow :-)

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

I have listened to a lot of Rohrs work. This is my favourite. I have been asking myself why. I dont yet have a firm answer. But I think you can hear Rohr's own passion burn through as he "defends" Paul and reveals a story and perspective that is alive and at once speaks to our modern struggles.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I certainly got to bed a bit to late on quite a few nights because I just wanted a little bit more and a little bit more.

Any additional comments?

I hope this gives folk the huge reframe that it has given my own struggles that life brings

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Explains Paul's ideas very well.

Where does Great Themes of Paul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top tier.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator because he does a great job presenting Paul's mind

What does Richard Rohr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The personal enthusiasm and care taken to ensure that Paul is not misinterpreted.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. The intelligent explanation of sin, based on Paul's teaching: that sin, is not an act that provokes God's punishment but rather an action that does not acknowledge reality, and ultimately just does not work out.

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Richard Rohr's presentation of Paul is remarkable. After hearing this book: I appreciated Paul's message (that the world is a church), I learned that Paul was not one of the 12 apostles, that Paul traveled to Corinth and that he spoke Greek and Hebrew. I did have some difficulty with the concept of Jesus and the author's occasional reference to the inappropriateness of worrying about tomorrow. Finally, it's amazing to hear that Paul believed that we are all basically gods, except that we s*#@t. Richard Rohr provides a religious explanation of a church saint for intelligent people.

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Frank

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! This is excellent! If you have never understood Paul, or even what Christianity is really all about, this is for you!

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  • Ani
  • Australia
  • 03-07-12

Wonderful

Richard Rohr has a way of expressing what the heart knows is true! I'll definitely listen to more of his lectures.

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Transforming

I own many of Fr. Robert's books and audio books.All are opening my life to Life. This audio book is the one I listen to almost daily.As a woman it's almost a given that I felt St.Paul had contradicted some of Christ's teaching on love- look who were Jesus closest friends.It is through Fr. Rohr's spiritual fire-must be akin to Paul himself that after 40 years I have returned home to the Catholic Church.Former Sister of Divine Providence.Thank you Father for your insight, courage and zeal!

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Eye opening

Fr. Rohr did a wonderful job of educating and bring the Gospel to life. I didn’t know what I didn’t know about St. Paul

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loved it

it was a great series of teachings. I learned a lot and I was encouraged.

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Mind blowing

Rohr has an incredible gift for unifying the great themes of Paul. For painting the tension that exists in his letters, and stripping back the many layers Christians through the centuries have created. Rohr is bold to say he thinks Christians have missed the point for centuries, and like Paul and Jesus, proclaims a scandalous gospel of freedom. Freedom not to do as we please, but freedom to joyfully obey God and be our full and complete selves. Something, I think, we all long for. Rohr says his goal is to help us love Paul again, which is exactly what it did for me, and what I believe these lectures can do for you if you listen with a non-judgmental mind and heart.

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Father Rohr, much blessings..thank you.

An excellent modern translation of St. Paul's teachings about living in Christ's Consciousness. Explains also the Paschal mystery and how its true revelation is the key to spiritual liberation. Moksha👏

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  • mrs l wymant
  • 07-07-17

loved it

Loved this man's honesty and he knows who he is in The Lord not denominationally

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  • izabela
  • 08-07-16

Great Job, very well presented!

Where does Great Themes of Paul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ive only listened to a few but all RIchard's books are wonderful

What did you like best about this story?

The way he delivers it, he tries many different ways to present material.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

all of it

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

It did both