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Eager to Love Audiobook

Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi

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Publisher's Summary

Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved of all saints. Both traditional and entirely revolutionary, he was a paradox. He was at once down-to-earth and reaching toward heaven, grounded in the rich history of the Church while moving toward a new understanding of the world beyond. Francis found an "alternative way" to follow Jesus, one that disregarded power and privilege and held fast to the narrow path of the Gospel. Franciscan Father Richard Rohr helps us look beyond the birdbath image of the saint to remind us of the long tradition founded on Francis' revolutionary, radical, and life-changing embrace of the teachings of Jesus.

©2014 Richard Rohr (P)2014 Franciscan Media

What the Critics Say

"Eager to Love illuminates the path of Francis of Assisi as a path of evolving life toward integral wholeness." (Ilia Delio, O.S.F., author of Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis)

"A gift to all Franciscan-hearted people everywhere!" (Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., author of The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering)

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    "Very impressive!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found this audiobook to be very insightful and enlightening. Fr Richard is a master at explaining the very complex very simply and in a style that is passionate and invigorating. I kept wanting to turn it off to go to sleep but the content and Fr Quigley's voice were mesmerizing. This is not a beginners book but for those who already have an understanding of Franciscan spirituality and for those it will certainly delight! Highly recommended!!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D. M. Jenkins England 02/02/2015
    D. M. Jenkins England 02/02/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant Rohr"

    There are a few mistakes in the audio but still nicely read. An excellent audio book with great depth and insight that seems to pull back the veil of religious practice and history to reveal the beating heart within. St. Francis is a great example to work with.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul hunting 31/08/2015
    Paul hunting 31/08/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Eager to love"

    Listeners to this book should be aware that if you take notice, meditate and practise what the author tells us of St. Francis, it could seriously change your life.
    It is sometimes necessary to re-wind and re-listen to parts of this book to fully understand some of the ideas put forward. I found that I had to do this but it was well worth the time spent in doing so. You on the other hand may be a lot brighter than me.
    Please listen to this book if you are genuinely interested in Spirituality. It can do nothing except benefit you and hopefully bring you peace and some joy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • David
    Colbert, WA, USA
    18/10/14
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    "Richard Rohr Should Read Richard Rohr"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Eager to Love was time well spent, although much of it seemed addressed largely to Franciscan Catholics. Nevertheless, I gained great appreciation for the pioneering life and ministry of Francis of Assisi.


    What other book might you compare Eager to Love to and why?

    True Self / False Self and Hidden Things or Falling Upward all express much of Richard Rohr's theology which shows moderate development and maturing thought as he ages. Many of the major themes supporting his contrast of Platonic dualism with Christ mysticism were obvious in earlier works such as Great Themes in Paul and Great Themes in Scripture.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Father Richard Rohr needs to narrate his own books. Father Quigley may be equally devout, but his narration is often flat and tedious, without the passion and inflection of Father Rohr's voice. I have listened to several Audible versions by both, and despite the time commitment required, I believe Father Rohr's own voice gives far more creedence and eloquence to his works.


    Do you think Eager to Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, but since Father Rohr provides a steady stream of revenue for the publishers, I'm sure there will be many more. And I do hope he continues!


    Any additional comments?

    Father Rohr gets it! He understands the contemporary crisis of faith confronting Catholism and Protestantism, and he weaves a tapestry of challenging and believable alternatives to the drivel so often representative of today's innocuous and lukewarm church. Obviously he also applauds the bright light of hope streaming from Pope Francis who likewise takes his name from and calls the church to the life and ministry of Francis of Assisi.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Corcoran
    Wa United States
    05/11/14
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    "Worth Listening To Again"
    What does John Quigley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice was said to take away from the book. However, I would listen to anything read by Quigley. I stopped "hearing" him and pondering what he was reading. I could ask for no more.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Ellington, CT, United States
    26/07/15
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    "This one was an wonderfull surprise for me"

    I almost didn't get this book because of some preconceived ideas. Soooo glad I went with my heart and not my brain. If you would like some fresh ideas, excellent insight, unbiased answers and some honest fresh discussion on some very Old ideas... Give this one a go-round. Pay special attention at the end of the book to the appendixes, Ya...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • KP
    Hillsborough, NC, United States
    29/01/15
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    "Amazing Francis - Amazing Rohr"

    Rohr has helped me understand what it is to be a Christian mystic ... and he has helped me appreciate that is what I am.
    St Francis is not for the faint of heart ... But then neither was Christ on the cross and the empty tomb.
    This is an outstanding, unvarnished glimpse of both.
    If you ever get to Assisi, be sure to look for the gift that the Sultan presented to Francis ... and be inspired by their meeting as described in this book.
    I usually prefer Rohr reading his own work, but this performance is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nana in Florida
    Temple Terrace, FL USA
    28/09/16
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    "Rohr does it again--by going backward and forward"
    If you could sum up Eager to Love in three words, what would they be?

    Francis begat Rohr


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eager to Love?

    Rohr explains why he, and Francis, are fully Catholic but still quietly disappointed in some aspects of the Roman Catholic Church


    Which character – as performed by John Quigley – was your favorite?

    Does not apply


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    What I liked most about this book is that it goes back to the Fransican roots of everything Rohr has said in the 20 or so books that I have read by him, yet it also goes forward by helping me understand that on some level both he and Francis are quietly disappointed--but also predisposed not to argue with the Church. Being Eager to Love is a great title for this book. I sense he wants us to do this with each other and with the Church.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harry F McAleavy
    21/09/16
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    "clothe that religion in some good spiritually"

    Fr Rohr does it again. knowing about God is not knowing God. I'm getting to know God better and more, and more better.
    Amen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • zachary
    bahama, NC, United States
    16/06/16
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    "Like it when Rohr reads his stuff"

    The reader not bad, but part of What I like best about Father Rohr's books is his performance as a speaker; His emphasis and inflections are part of what makes the experience enjoyable .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne M.
    26/04/16
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    "The truth my grandfather told me"

    I have listened to this twice and them bought it to read again. In a world filled with Christians who think we somehow own Christ and who argue over theology, Richard Rohr draws us to that simple, deeper truth that my Grandfather in WVa taught me long ago. God is love and only love. His love is for all the world and every soul who loves knows him. The eternal Christ mystery is bigger than the Church. It is all welcoming and inclusive. Every heart who is eager to love receives His immense grace. And , as CS Lewis said, the gates of Hell are closed from the inside.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TVO
    12/03/16
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    "Narrator Diminishes Message"
    If you could sum up Eager to Love in three words, what would they be?

    A summation of the way of St. Francis for contemporary people.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Quigley’s performances?

    Mr. Quigley renders a halting and poor reading complete with places where "let me try that again" are left in!


    Any additional comments?

    Not Rohr's best work in my estimation. Made worse by a poor performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pat BlakeFlum
    New Jersey
    05/08/15
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    "Very moving"

    I often found myself quoting things said in this book because it made such obvious sense. I just finished it but I intend to listen again in case I missed something and to cement what I did hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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