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The Universal Christ

How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope for, and Believe
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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From one of the world’s most influential spiritual thinkers, a long-awaited book exploring what it means that Jesus was called “Christ,” and how this forgotten truth can restore hope and meaning to our lives.

“Anyone who strives to put their faith into action will find encouragement and inspiration in the pages of this book.” (Melinda Gates)

In his decades as a globally recognized teacher, Richard Rohr has helped millions realize what is at stake in matters of faith and spirituality. Yet Rohr has never written on the most perennially talked about topic in Christianity: Jesus. Most know who Jesus was, but who was Christ? Is the word simply Jesus’s last name? Too often, Rohr writes, our understandings have been limited by culture, religious debate, and the human tendency to put ourselves at the center.

Drawing on scripture, history, and spiritual practice, Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God’s constant, unfolding work in the world. 

“God loves things by becoming them,” he writes, and Jesus’s life was meant to declare that humanity has never been separate from God - except by its own negative choice. When we recover this fundamental truth, faith becomes less about proving Jesus was God, and more about learning to recognize the Creator’s presence all around us, and in everyone we meet.

Thought-provoking, practical, and full of deep hope and vision, The Universal Christ is a landmark book from one of our most beloved spiritual writers, and an invitation to contemplate how God liberates and loves all that is.

©2019 Richard Rohr (P)2019 Random House Audio

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"Rohr sees the Christ everywhere, and not just in people. He reminds us that the first incarnation of God is in Creation itself, and he tells us that 'God loves things by becoming them.' Just for that sentence, and there are so many more, I cannot put this book down." (Bono)

“Fr. Richard challenges us to search beneath the surface of our faith and see what is sacred in everyone and everything. Anyone who strives to put their faith into action will find encouragement and inspiration in the pages of this book." (Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift)

"A major shift in our culture is needed, and Richard Rohr's unpacking of The Universal Christ is a critical step in the right direction. Remembering our connection to 'every thing' has implications for our religious traditions, society - and dare I say it - even our politics." (Kirsten Powers, CNN political analyst and USA Today columnist)

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Life Giving & Life Changing

Richard Rohr presents excellent ideas in a clear and well supported way. He helps the reader to think in a new way about the the most important things in life. I believe his teaching provides real hope for our future.

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Hear the Rohr

This is Richard Rohr at his best. Challenging the current Christian norms with the prophetic wisdom of the scriptures. Should be mandatory reading for all who claim Christ.

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Thought provoking

Although he says this is no "cheap universalism", the book certainly skirts the razors's edge; but I reckon one'd not expect otherwise with the title. Excellent points here, and definitely some things I need to chew on. It seems somehow inevitable that it's a very thin line to walk in Christianity between seeing God as being infinitely larger and better than the sad tiny boxes we pretend we can stuff God into, and seeing God as so free from limitation that we become blurry about what the point of Jesus's suffering and resurrection--and then about what the point of our trying to follow after him--might be. Brother Rohr raised some good questions for me, and left some frustratingly begged. But I'd certainly recommend cogitating on this one a while; and I certainly plan to go through this again myself. Questions (or even disagreements) notwithstanding, I come away from this with a beautiful assurance that God is much bigger than my little doubts and questions.

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Great content but...

The content of Richard Rohr’s theology is again challenging and a catalyst for growth. However, the content in the audio seems to skip and miss words. Added to that is the very monotone voice of Arthur Morey. Perhaps without the skipping text it would still be engaging but not with both those challenges.

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  • Sarah C
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Beautiful Spiritually Deepening Text

I am biased toward the mystical and contemplative, but this book opened Christianity for me because of that. A welcoming narrator and wisdom from Fr. Rohr.

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My first Rohr book, exceeded my expectations

While listening I've wanted to write down every other line. Not only does he approach Christ from a refreshing and progressive angle, he backs it up with ancient and modern writings. We have been confined to thinking of Jesus & the tenants of Christianity in such a narrow, unhelpful way for so long, this book (and other work of Rohr's, I'm sure) is dearly needed. Understanding where the obsession with sin, hierarchies, exclusivity all originate from and alternatives to these ways of thinking is so important now when we take so many things for granted. There's also a lot if you are interested in contemplative approaches to a faith tradition that has a lot to offer in that regard.

Thank you for this book, I'll definitely be exploring more!

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An excellent, thought-provoking book

This is a wonderful book, with a pleasing reading. And I say this as a self-professed pagan. This book teaches excellent tools for a kinder world view, and for those who identify as Christians, tools to understand how religion *really* fits into the world in a positive, instead of harmful, way.

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Consciousness expanding and exhilarating

Everything in this book, about love, God, christ and consciousness, was previously shown to me during a near death experience 14 years ago. I returned to the physical world with a cosmic perspective and understanding and felt enlightened for several days afterward, but slowly began to lose my grasp on this way of seeing because it is so incredibly different than the agreed upon collective "reality", or materialist world view which I was (as we all are) deeply entrenched. The greatest among many other great sorrows, seeing from this perspective then having it clouded again seemed a cruel joke and left me questioning my sanity and the reality of divinity. I prayed to be shown, once again, all that had been revealed to me so that I might remember and serve others with my remembering. Time passed and I had forgotten that prayerful wish, only to realize while listening, that this book fully confirms and clarifies things I once knew to be true. Whether I was led to it or stumbled upon it can be debated, however it is most certainly an answer to my prayer. Our world can be heaven on Earth, if only we choose to see it through our own Christ like vision, and love all with our own Christ like love.

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Spiritual Sustenance for the Journey Forward Together

The Universal Christ was the first audio book I’ve ever listened to and the first one I uploaded on Audible. By the Grace of God I hit the mother-load. It is indeed “The Good News.” Please partake if you are willing and able.

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Awakening!

Richard Rohr opens the door to understanding many questions I have had when reading the Bible. I ended up purchasing the book in writing as well because there are so many profound concepts as well as practical advice.