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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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New York Times Best Seller

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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Don’t read this book if you want to be the same after reading it.

This book has changed my life. It took 13 years from the beginning of my journey away from the church to get to a place where I could begin to see the opportunity for trust in God again in my life. I had to give up everything I was taught and thought I understood to get to this place. I read several books that facilitated that progression including: Love Wins, True self False Self, Centering Prayer, The Divine Dance, and now this book. Through reading this books and contemplative prayer I realize that I need to unlearn what I thought was truth and reframe everything. Now I am pursuing non-dual thinking, getting in the flow” and I can allow experience and scripture to be my teacher. In this book Richard Rohr shows us a grand landscape of possibilities regarding the concept of the Cosmic Christ and it helped me see how I can follow Christ and allow the Divine to flow through me toward others.

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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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Life changing

A very eye opening book. I grew up Southern Baptist. It was easy to leave the “church” because after some bad decisions I felt I was already removed from Jesus. Religion has good intentions but it has too many human finger prints on it. This made me realize God never left me. I don’t criticize those of my past, they had the best intentions. Unfortunately, that does not mean they were right. My understanding of the scripture and overall meaning of Christ has been greatly changed because of this book.

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So very good!!!

I was first disappointed that I would not be able to hear Rohr’s voice, which deeply resonates with me, but Arthur Morey is excellent and he brings RR’s words to life. An absolute must read for those in search of Love and Grace...in themselves and in the world. And if you love this, Falling Upward and The Art of Letting Go are also excellent.

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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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The book was easy to follow but offered you to spend time reflecting on what was spoken.

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good theology

I loved this vision of the Christ. I think I need to getthe print version and read it more slowly and look up the scripture references to more fully understand

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This is a must read.

After listening to this audio book. I see God everywhere. The language is simple to understand. It births a respect also for other religious cultures.

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Excellent

This is the best religious book I’ve ever read. I wish everyone would listen to the message.

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