In this exploration of the central themes of Scripture, Richard Rohr transforms the written word, discovering in these ancient texts a new and vital meaning, relevant and essential for modern Christians. Rohr offers his listeners a Christian vision of abundance, grace, and joy to counteract a world filled with scarcity, judgment, and fear - a vision that can revolutionize how we relate to ourselves, others, and the world.
©2008 Richard Rohr and John Feister (P)2011 St. Anthony Messenger Press
Rohr takes the listener through many themes from scripture and how they reveal helpful patterns and insight for the journey.
A positive yet honest critique of the development of Christianity and how essentially biblical text points towards an infinitely more hopeful image of God, Jesus/Christ and humanity. Only one criticism which is out-dated use of homeopathic metaphor. Homeopathy now having been completely discredited by extensive clinical trials.
"When you need Peace, this is it."
Haven't read the print edition, but I'm going to order a dozen copies and give to everyone who is struggling with anything.
God isn't a "check the box" kinda God. God cares more about who we are than what we do. God wants people (us) to go tell HIS story, not ours.
Sometimes we aren't "supposed to know" - talking about the mystery of God. We just need to have faith, and follow blindly.
This book came to me at the perfect time in my life. I was going through a really difficult stage, and this book seemed to have the calming affect that I needed. The message was so reassuring about God - and it starts in the Old Testament and takes you right through today. As one of those "former Catholics" this book could tell Rome a lot about what drives people away from their church, but NOT away from God.
"Another Richard Rohr Classic"
Yes, a fresh take on the Bible that makes sense of seeming contradictions in the text.
This book is meant to move you along the path to greater spirituality and a deeper understanding of the Bible. As I travel the path I think I will get more from it each time I listen to it based on where I am at the time.
Firmly grounded in Christianity but draws on other traditions as well, even if not overtly. Certainly does not give 'good' Christians a pass.
Well read and paced. John Quigley did a good job but I would have preferred to have Richard read it.
"Opening the scriptures to thought."
Light to faith
Rohr's several books on spirituality. Rohr's thinking is always striking and practical.
Opening the eyes of faith.
This book can be read straight thru;but then comes the assimulation with silence, pauses,
and at you own pace.
"A read that speaks beyond just the cognitive..."
This read was a resonating experience. Confirming and encouraging as it harmonized with my current life journey. Perfect timing to find a few sign posts!
Richard has reframed almost everything I thought I knew about the bible, God, Jesus, and Christianity. Things that were once impossible to reconcile in the bible now make sense. But as Richard often says, I felt like I already knew it. But here is a warning, this is gonna hurt. It is just taking the red pill in the matrix. Do you want to know the truth? Or will you say ignorance is bliss? This may shake the core of your belief system and that is scary. But if you can chew on this long enough before you swallow, it won't choke you and I believe it will ultimately free you.
Revealing, Intelligent and Disturbing
Revelations of how Jesus' last name was not Christ, but that Christ was the transformation of Jesus ( a man ) sacrificed not in the usual way one might understand human sacrifice (e.g. a suicide bomber) but as the inevitable outcome of love and mercy, akin to the Pascal Lamb, a symbolic and yet real offering of peaceful innocence. Obviously, this is an oversimplification of the many overly, yet carefully explained observations of the author
Peter Coyote. John Quigley reads emphatically, with a disturbing dose of moralistic fervor that sounds unctuous and annoying.
Transforming carnality into Divinity
This book will either draw you further into the Pascal mystery or drive you from it.
There is obviously a lot of "Hidden" meaning in Scriptures that I have known for years. We need to put on new "glasses" and contemplate on the hidden meanings that have always been there.
"Thoughful and sincere, powerful and moving!"
If you really want to know what is the way for a TRUE relationship with God through Jesus Christ and in the company of the Holy Spirit read this magnificent book.
"Narration ruins book"
This is the only book of Fr. Robert's that I can't even finish. Absolutely no passion- monotone.It is antithesis of Fr.Robert's narration.Skip it- at least in audio format.
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