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For Christians seeking a way of thinking outside of strict dualities, this guide explores methods for letting go of division and living in the present. Drawn from the Gospels, Jesus, Paul, and the great Christian contemplatives, this examination reveals how many of the hidden truths of Christianity have been misunderstood or lost and how to read them with the eyes of the mFor Christians seeking a way of thinking outside of strict dualities, this guide explores methods for letting go of division and living in the present. Drawn from the Gospels, Jesus, Paul, and the great Christian contemplatives, this examination reveals how many of the hidden truths of Christianity have been misunderstood or lost and how to read them with the eyes of the mystics rather than interpreting them through rational thought. Filled with sayings, stories, quotations, and appeals to the heart, specific methods for identifying dualistic thinking are presented with simple practices for stripping away ego and the fear of dwelling in the present....

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The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See Reviews

  • Jon
    2018-12-05 00:37

    I've become quite a bit more selective in the religious/spiritual books I read these days. So many seem agenda-driven and lopsided in the realities they present. This book though stands out from this muddled crowd. A gift from a good friend, The Naked Now is a profound read for anyone wanting to peel back the layers of veneer of religion, and dig into what I feel is one of the key aspects of reality. I really don't see this as a religious book (even though Rohr is an ordained priest), but as a view into something deeply profound and important to what it means to be fully human.Rohr presents the critically important idea of non-dualistic thinking, but in a way that digs into the reaches of humanity, faith and reality. I have to admit, I had to read this book twice through—with a gap of time between reads—to begin to wrap my pointed little head around it. My book is littered with notations, scribblings and "ah-ha" moments in the margins, from both my first read and the second. Nearly every chapter provided an awakening of sorts for me, as I began to realize how Rohr's way to presenting this profound truth aligns with what others who I've been following and reading have been trying to grasp and pursue. If you consider yourself a Christian, you may find some mind-bending concepts in here, but hang with it. This is good stuff that needs to be grasped and wrestled with.

  • Christopher Kanas
    2018-12-01 22:34

    Mystic. Not a word most of Christianity is comfortable with. Too scary, too deceptive, too New Age. We want our Christianity controllable. We want clear perimeters and boundaries and borders. Tell us what our responsibilities are, then God, just be out there, anywhere, managing, because we're much be comfortable as a manager above us than being so close that You actually are IN us. Problem is, that's a religion and religion is not what Christ came to bring and act out of. "Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives within you" 1 Corinthians 3:16. Wait. What? God lives in me? I have God within me? Yes, Christianity is a mystic faith. And Richard Rohr does a great job of showing you Biblically that this is exactly how we are to see our union with God. Rohr gives ample Biblical texts and contexts that make one realize that our westernized thought of Christianity is failing us. The entire scope of Judaism giving way to the Messiah that was prophesied about and finally the Holy Spirit dwelling within is a mystic faith whose identity has been robbed by western compartmentalized thinking. Rohr goes into depth between western duality philosophy and a more eastern non-duality spirituality that is more in coherence with Biblical thought.But let's get one thing clear here. Rohr does NOT espouse new age theology nor Buddhist self-enpowering philosophy. Nowhere does Rohr ever suggest that we are our OWN god. We are in union with God within, but the God within is God, not ourselves; the actual Holy Spirit, not any sort of our own elevated status. Any referencing to Buddhism, Taoism, or Hinduism within the book is solely in context with the way the eastern mind perceives and sees the non-duality of it's surroundings and how, as Christians, if we fail to see ourselves as channels of the living God working within us, living within us, in union with us at all times, then we are not grasping the full measure of what Christ intended for us. God is within man, now, living out His work. We are the body that now houses God's Spirit. And that, is a mystical thing whether one is too afraid too admit it or not. God is not solely "out there" He is and will always be in the inner-est part of our being. I'm not sure this book is for anyone brand new to the Christian faith, as it is written with a style that assumes the reader is already familiar with some of Christianity's major tenants. It is however, an excellent book for anyone who has walked the spiritual journey a bit and is seeking to "un-do" many of the dogma's that over the years have caused one to form God in man's image. And it is more than just replacing one ideology with another ideology. Rohr makes no claim that his writing or opinion is the definitive answer to God. That would be is complete argument to his own argument; that God is non-dualistic, and is divided into predictable patterns we can understand. Some may be uncomfortable with that. Feeling as if it's to open-ended, not central enough, not fundamentalist enough. But I ask, what is more fundamentally correct than having God within as the center and allowing God to be God. That is exactly what the Bible preaches. We do not come into a religion to serve a set of laws and dogmas. We serve a living God.

  • Tim
    2018-12-11 00:51

    “Just learn how to see, and you will know whatever it is that you need to see”. Recently, I have encountered a new way of thinking. Of course, the IDEA of “enlightenment” I’ve heard before, but never has it been explained to me like this. It’s a concept of expanding consciousness, of moving beyond what we would refer to as intellectual thinking or simply incorporating the rational mind to examine the world according to your personal condition (environment, place of birth, life experiences, etc).Richard Rohr, the great spiritualistic teacher, is the one who has brought non-dualistic thinking into my field of vision. The quote in the above paragraph is his, and it comes from his book The Naked Now. I am writing this blog as a beginning and as a BEGINNER to what I hope will be a lifetime journey of looking at the world in a completely different way. Now, this is not some personal organized religious conversion I’m experiencing. When it comes to that god, I am an atheist. I can not believe in a man made god and its right or wrong, do this don’t do that, heaven or hell dualistic dogma. Truth is truth no matter where it may be found. Rohr talks about that at great length, and does not leave out any of the world’s ideologies in his search.“One truth, many expressions”. If we would all be honest with ourselves, what most of us are looking for in life is our own way to express the truth, more so than the truth itself. Most of us have a basic idea of what is right and what is wrong. However, the INTELLECT, the rational mind, the left brain, can play many tricks on us through the process of interpretation. The truth becomes so convoluted in a globalized society that before you know it, everyone has their own ego-based version of the path, and anyone else be damned if they attempt to mess with it. Rohr points out that throughout history, this has gotten us absolutely nowhere. It is dualistic thinking. It becomes “I’m right and you’re wrong, and there is no negotiating”.I was able to attend a retreat this weekend where I heard Rohr speak, and, in many ways, I have heard his ideas before, as we all have. The reason is that there is a common thread through world thinking and thinkers of THE truth. The question then becomes: How do we perceive the truth? What lens do we use to attempt to see it and why? Is it to satisfy some part of our own ego? Rohr answers that oftentimes that is the case. This can just as easily apply to people who believe they’re being radical and courageous by stepping out from the mainstream. Not that this is wrong, in fact it is encouraged as it becomes the way we change our world. However, contrarian thinking can be an ego trip just as much as it can for our mainstream newsertainment personalities who enjoy being in the spotlight.So what exactly do we mean when we refer to “non-dualistic thinking”? I will be the first to say I don’t have all the answers to that. If I did have all the answers, then I wouldn’t even be on the PATH to non-dualistic thought. Once you feel you KNOW everything about this way of thinking, you probably haven’t even begun. I DO know some basic starting points that I learned from the book and Rohr’s speech.Non-dualistic thought is not only a new way of being open-minded, it becomes the highest level of consciousness that you can attain. It is the ability to see with what Rohr calls the “third eye”. (The Indian or Hindu “Bindi” is perhaps the most well known symbol of this level of enlightenment). It enables us to think beyond “either/or” dualities. It’s the humility to admit you’re wrong, to be willing to change, to examine the viewpoint and take the good from that of the other. It’s a win/win way of thought vs. “survival of the fittest”. It’s not “us vs. them”, but WE. In the end, it’s love, justice, empathy, compassion, equality.This non-dualistic way of thinking often comes to us in certain situations in life. Without a previous awareness, we may not even know we’re experiencing it. I felt it during my car accident when I had peace amidst the chaos after opening my eyes, realizing my leg was shattered and that I was upside down and bleeding profusely. I have experienced it recently though other times of suffering with my divorce a couple of years ago, an uncertain future in my lifelong radio career, and shaky finances as a result. Some of the most creative work mankind has produced is a result of adversity. This is what happens when we think non-dualistically. We just BECOME. WE ARE. We act as nature intended us to act, in the NOW and not through the filter of pre-conceived notions. In fact, it can often happen in times of great love or great suffering. It becomes a moment(s) of clarity, although it is fleeting if you try to make it solid and something that you can grasp with the intellectual side of your mind…your left brain.Now, this is not to say that by moving our consciousness forward that we are to give up all rational thought. No, rational thought is quite necessary to get us to the place of this level of consciousness. We NEED to bounce back to our rational mind to allow the entry of the raw data that we then process with our non-dualistic way of thought. You can’t take a situation requiring justice, such as Israel/Palestine, and not know the basic rational facts surrounding the situation. Where non-dualistic thought can start is by acquiring your facts from different sources. Blindly following one person or ideology for your interpretation is dualistic. You have already decided that what you see is the “right way”. You are not open to other potentially applicable information.Non-dualistic thinking by nature involves change. One of the hardest things a person can do after much intellectual experience is to begin again on a different path. However, a non-dualistic mind will go to any length to acquire the truth. The third eye sees that our primary mission on this earth is love. If some system of thought begins to repress, oppress, or step on the other, then our intellectualism has become dualistic. We must re-examine, and if necessary, start over.My path to non-dualism is beginning and will be a constant journey throughout my life. I have many questions. For example, how do we not take sides and become dualistic in what seems like an obvious case of injustice in places such as Palestine? I think one way of looking at it is to say: “is there an absence of love”? Obviously, in the case of Palestine there is an extreme lack of love and justice. However, we can practice non-dualism by realizing that all of humanity is valuable. The Israelis are every bit as human as the Palestinians. The much HARDER process is enacting non-dualistic thought in the real world. This particular Middle Eastern situation is exemplary because while YOU may hope to obtain a win/win for all involved, both sides are firmly entrenched in their position. However, that doesn’t mean that you stop thinking in terms of love for all vs. love for one side. No one “wins” in that scenario. What happens is that the ongoing cycle of violence and hate that is so much a part of dualistic thought continues. As a human race, we have never grasped the idea of non-dualistic thought. If we had, there would be no war and no bigotry, homophobia, racism, oppression or sexism.Rohr and other great spiritualists like him have warned us about becoming TOO wrapped up in “having a cause”. If you’re not careful, that “cause”, however justified it might be, can become oppressive when you’re trying to avoid oppression. Obviously, this can grate an activist like me. But what Rohr is referring to is “taking sides” and therefore refusing to show love for all. Great love is non-dualistic. It is an important statement for all of us to remember as we begin.Non-dualism can be found in all the advanced teachings of the world’s great traditions, from religious texts to Humanism and Socialism. The problem is that it becomes so easy to revert to dualistic thought when someone challenges you. I have quite often been guilty of this. The ego suddenly re-appears, the third eye closes, and the battle begins. There is no good to come of these kinds of situations. Until we learn to see with the third eye, to practice non-dualistic thought and balance it with our rational mind, we will never experience true peace and true love. I hope you decide to attempt the journey. I’m right at the start along with you.

  • Rod White
    2018-12-10 20:37

    Richard Rohr can turn most subjects into a polemic, which is why I have always loved reading him, ever since the 90's when he was a guide to my radical lifestyle. So I liked this book. He makes contemplation something you need to practice or you are missing the mark. You either do it or you are immature. I think that is true, but to hear him say it the way he does males me defensive. The reason I would not recommend this book is the same reason I would not recommend David Benner's new book "Soulful Spirituality." One must sort out their turn toward Hinduism. I have not come up with a short answer to their admiration of the mystics in other religions. So far, i think they have fallen into the trap of seeing God as the capital S self of the Hindus. Meditators worldwide can see that their is something more than our material existence. The people of the time of Jesus almost universally accepted that fact. The message of Jesus includes that their is a personal God who meets us in Jesus. I often think Christians my age are just catching up with the 60's, rejecting the bad religion of our ancestors and going with the beatles to the guru in protest. But I don;t think finding the religion behind religion that unites us all is Christianity.

  • Jeannine
    2018-11-27 22:50

    Rohr holds nothing back in describing the importance of contemplation in a Christian's life:"...Jesus' primary metaphor for this new consciousness was "the kingdom of God" He is not talking about a place, or an afterlife, but a way of seeing and thinking now. The kingdom of God is the naked now—the world without human kingdoms, ethnic communities, national boundaries, or social identification...How different this is from our later notion of salvation, which pushed the entire issue into the future and largely became a reward and punishment system."

  • Joseph
    2018-12-08 00:32

    Superb introduction to mysticism and mystical prayer, from an acknowledged practitioner.

  • Jordan Kalt
    2018-11-16 23:35

    The sort of book I'm sure I would have to read again and again to fully appreciate. Probably best experienced as a sort of "devotional" or spiritual reference guide rather than a book you just plow through. If it changes how you "see" and how you interact with God, even slightly, then I think it's been worthwhile. My dualistic mind constantly bucked against the organization and style of writing. My fundamentalist background was repeatedly offended. And I was the better for it all by the end.

  • Joe Henry
    2018-12-14 17:48

    It seems like it took me forever and a day to read the 162 pages of the body of this book. Maybe I just wasn't ready for it, but it struck me as something like 50 ways to say that " dualistic" thinking is inadequate, if not bad. I did find some nuggets in the book, but it just seemed to me to be somewhat repetitive. At the same time, I didn't feel that the book had much structure that I could recognize. I may have been moving too slowly to see it.I also subscribe to Richard Rohr's daily email broadcast at cacradicalgrace.org. I'm much happier with that...takes just a few minutes to read...then move on. I like readings for some days better than other days, of course. Maybe it'll soak in eventually.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-06 01:35

    My editor told me to read this. So I did. And...well, it was good. I can't decide if it changed my world or if it put words to things I had already sorta had in the back of my mind. It did make me want to read more of and about the mystics themselves--I expected to have some tangible examples from and of the mystics, but there weren't. Even so, I enjoyed this book and the perspective it gave me. I suspect it planted seeds within me that will continue to grow as I keep thinking about all it said.

  • Sam Torode
    2018-12-13 23:59

    Reading this poolside, the title caught some eyes... Fantastic book.

  • Clifton
    2018-11-24 20:41

    Confession: I haven't enjoyed books about Jesus or spirituality for some time. They seem too concerned with what to believe or how to believe it. Not this book. Rohr wants to move beyond what we believe to how we see - the world, each other, ourselves. He wants to question everything we've learned and assumed about faith, not to win a debate but to broaden our understanding. Regardless of religious background, there's something here for every reader: how do we let go of knowing and embrace being? I will probably read this one again.

  • David
    2018-11-17 18:40

    This is the third Rohr book I've read to start 2017 and it was my least favorite. Its still great, thought provoking, driving me to deeper prayer and all around a good read, but I suspect I am just growing weary of Rohr. I suspect Rohr would say it is time to stop reading and start praying. Despite writing lots of books, Rohr at times questions those (like me) who read too much and don't pray enough. We can only learn so much about God, after all, from books before we need to learn from experience. One minor point did bother me, where Rohr dismissed the scholarly consensus that Jesus' "I Am" statements point to Daniel 7. The connection to Daniel 7 makes these statements a testimony to Jesus' divinity. Rohr asserts they point to his humanity, with Jesus saying to his listeners, I am human like you. The odd thing was that Rohr had just said Jesus is both divine and human, so it is not like he was questioning Jesus' divinity. And of course, he's not writing NT scholarship here. That's it though, just dropping that in with minimal explanation seemed random and sloppy. Maybe what bothers me is that Rohr's work is surely seen as questionable in some more conservative theological circles. Thus you'd think he would try hard not to make unnecessary jabs at them, since his basic points are hard enough for some to swallow. That said, I suspect Rohr wouldn't care too much what they think. Ultimately, that's my favorite thing about Rohr. I've spent a lot of time reading books that make me think and analyze scripture and theology. Rohr is a breath of fresh air, helping connect to God, the ultimate reality, with help from scripture and the saints. We need to know God, not just know about God. Which, by the way, is an idea from JI Packer's Knowing God which was one of the first books I read on Christian theology way back in college. It is a perhaps rare place where a Reformed guy like Packer and a Franciscan like Rohr would connect. For me, the lesson is the same I learned from Packer all those years ago - knowing God, not just knowing about God, is the goal. Rohr's books have helped me acquire tools for that, for which I am appreciative. Even though I am probably done reading him for a while.

  • Hayley Chapman
    2018-12-17 20:43

    Rohr, being a Franciscan friar, is coming from the perspective of one in the church who acknowledges the imperfections of it's current state. Having noticeable wisdom on all things contemplation, it is evident that he wants to do all he can to share this wonderful knowledge. In The Naked Now, Rohr challenges not only our perceptions on what it is to be a mystic, but challenges the contemporary Catholic Church, the Christian movement, what it means to have morals and values, and asks the reader to open their eyes and minds to what it truly means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. He explains, in simple and understandable language, which further extenuates the ability of people from all spiritual levels, that as important as structure and reason are in our 21st century lives, the way to find the presence of the Holy Spirit as the mystics do is to step away from the dualistic thought that this provokes, into a deeper understanding of the Spirit in ourselves. Rohr argues that our Catholic religion ironically has a lot to learn from Jesus; "Group certitude and solidarity often becomes substitute for any real journey of our own" (p. 72), and challenges us to enter into the realm of contemplation, and to fully acknowledge, in the words so St Augustine, 'si comprehendis, non est Deus' - 'if you understand it, then it is not God'.I recommend this book to anyone who has the slightest interest in mysticism, and even those who don't, as it introduces the concept as simply a deeper understanding of yourself and how to find God there. Rohr shows himself as a brilliant writer who is able to convey his message in a way that is understandable to everyone, whilst still being able to dig deep into his theories. Through awareness and total acceptance of ourselves, through prayer, both contemplative and spoken, and through awakening our minds to the 'naked now', Rohr guides us through what it means to find God, and how to recognise God in the sense of peace that flows through us all.

  • Melissa
    2018-12-02 18:49

    I am slightly biased as Richard Rohr is a sort of guru for me. And I am a closet mystic you could say. This book gives so much food for thought and nudges toward letting go (of your own agenda, your own need to be central, and also all those feelings of inadequacy) and giving it up to God. Rohr also writes about how to "embrace" the suffering around you and in you, how to be a peacemaker, and living in the present moment. I read this book about a year ago, but it's on the "must read" shelf, always.

  • Brian
    2018-11-19 01:57

    A confusing mix of new-age thought with Christian mysticism. I constantly found that Rohr would talk about how the Church doesn't have this or that practice of spirituality, then a few pages later give an example of the practice from St. Teresa of Avila or some other saint. Which is it? When he sticks to Church teaching, even in a contemporary way, he has some good insights. The rest is just mystic mush!

  • Marilyn Boretz
    2018-12-01 21:36

    A reminder (1) to live in the present (2) to gently accept and gradually release dual thinking (the ego, the "monkey mind," the judging mind). A simply stated view of the stages of development along with practical suggestions for moving through them. At first, I was a bit put off by the continual references to scripture, but Rohr's perspective has encouraged me to approach Christianity with fresh eyes.

  • Sue
    2018-11-17 21:44

    Eh, it was all right. I was told this book would really get me thinking about my religious beliefs, but about 4 chapters in, I realized that this was the way I already thought about religion and spirituality. So it didn't provide the awakening or food for thought that I was promised. I also thought the book could have ended around page 60 because after that, I felt the point got redundant.

  • Marc Arlt
    2018-11-26 21:34

    I really enjoyed some parts of the book (5 stars) but other parts were beyond me (1 or 2 stars). Hence the 3 star overall rating. I feel like this is a book which will require me to return back to it at some point in the future to better grasp what Rohr is saying.

  • Jason Lyle
    2018-11-17 23:43

    Rohr takes the reader on a journey through what it looks like to leave an either/or faith and embrace a both/and faith. This book was so liberating and put words to thoughts I have had for years. I will definitely read it again.

  • Heather
    2018-11-30 00:35

    Loved this book, it is all about enhancing spiritual awareness without sacrificing reason. Very enlightening!

  • Mari
    2018-11-19 19:02

    Phenomenal insight! Savored every word!!! Must-read for progressive Christians.

  • Tim Daily
    2018-12-04 17:59

    As this book and my experience is teaching me; God is in me and I am experiencing God all the time if I choose to recognize it. Rohr is a wonderful mystic of our time.

  • Andrej Kamenský
    2018-11-18 21:44

    Wau! Richard to zaklincoval. Nádherné pozvanie k vykročeniu z dualistického myslenia bežného pre západnú kultúru k nondualistickému - kontemplatívnemu mysleniu, videniu, prežívaniu. Pozvanie k návratu k reálnemu učeniu Ježiša Krista, ktorý bol prvým "západným" učiteľom kontemplácie (zvanej meditácia alebo praktizovanie napr. v Budhizme).Zároveň krásna a ostrá kritika náboženstva, najmä kresťanstva, ako produktu dualistickej mysle a ega. Autor je kňaz, Františkán, čiže má 70 ročnú skúsenosť z vnútra, nie ako sekulárny pozorovateľ z vonku.Pozvanie k spiritualite, ktorá bola praktizovaná v prvých storočiach po Kristovi, skôr ako sa stalo niečo strašné a ľudia urobili z Ježišovho učenia náboženstvo. Pre vytretých a brainwashed kresťanov to bude na pohoršenie, veď Rohr cituje Budhistov a Hinduistov! Pre kontemplatívnych ľudí so skúsenosťou s meditáciou alebo kontemplatívnou modlitbou to bude balzam na dušu. Kniha vyžaduje hlbšiu znalosť Biblie a histórie kresťanstva. A odporúčam ju čítať majúc skúsenosť meditáciou alebo mindfulness.

  • Eric Gambill
    2018-12-06 21:44

    This may have been a little too advanced for me in this particular stage of my journey, but there's no doubt that I learned a lot and will be revisiting it at some point in the future.Many pages had to be reread once, twice, three times...And, even after a deep reading, I often had a hard time deciding if Rohr had said something deeply profound or if he had said nothing at all. The difference between the two can be subtle.Overall, I found the book immensely helpful and relevant. Rohr's emphasis (insistence) on eliminating the dualistic mind is a balm for our current political climate and modern society as a whole. As a "left-brained" math teacher, this book was also a stark reminder of how much I can miss when I put too much stock into my own rationality. Mostly, I was excited to see the convergence between Rohr's work and other authors that I've been reading (Brian McLaren, especially). It's encouraging to see some of the greater spiritual leaders of our time converging upon the same message of openness, inclusivity, and healing.

  • Mike Warner
    2018-12-11 23:46

    The opportune time for these words of affirmation and challenge to a deeper spirituality. As a "religious" person and theology teacher, I am woefully aware at how underdeveloped my spiritual life is. Rohr's approach to contemplative prayer and mystic theology is a welcome invitation to deeper development. Took me the better part of 3 months to digest and return to, but all the better for it.Any quoting of this book runs the risk at sounding cliché divorced from its broader context, but the best summary statement I can offer to Rohr's central thesis of contemplative spirituality is:"Non-polarity thinking teaches you how to hold creative tensions, how to live with paradox and contradictions, how not to run from mystery, and therefore how to actually practice what all religions teach as necessary: compassion, mercy, loving kindness, patience, forgiveness, and humility."

  • Carola
    2018-12-05 23:01

    This book had been on my "to read" list for years, in part because it was not available in my local library. One day I decided to clean up my list, and either dumped books off the list or purchased used copies of them. "The Naked Now" did not live up to the reviews I read of it in America Magazine. Rohr wants Catholics to understand that many aspects of Eastern religions were previously a part of the Catholic tradition, and have been lost along the way. I found this book to be heavy on catch phrases and references to lines of thought which, if they weren't already familiar to the reader, are not well explained. For spiritual awakening, I think Tolle's "The Power of Now," though longer, is far more effective.I think the most valuable thing I learned from this book is that the Goodreads ratings for religious books is often inflated.

  • Amanda Gerig
    2018-12-04 23:59

    This book is unfortunately self-helpy in it's style but was so insightful and pretty easy to read. I wished I could have shared it with some of my more conservative family but knew they would be turned off by some of the politically left leaning commentary which I inherantly agree with, but maybe is a bit unnecessarily divisive, and in my view was extraneous to the main themes Rohr was after. Or maybe this is more of a critique on my own willingness to "stir the pot" than it should be a critique on the book itself. HMMM..... So despite me being hesitant to share, the book gave me a lot to think about. I truly felt like I was seeing my life with new eyes, and that shift has stuck with me, months later. It also provided a lot of practical direction for improving my meditation and prayer practice.

  • Jeana
    2018-11-22 23:43

    This is a helpful book for anyone looking at faith from a different perspective. It’s small and dense. His reflections are highly relevant to everyday life. I recommend reading with a pen in hand because it is hard to absorb everything at once. I think the challenge (and beauty) of this book is that Rohr subverts the Christian language that some of us are accustomed to. It gives fresh eyes to old, familiar words.

  • G. Lyons
    2018-12-09 18:49

    This is my second Richard Rohr book after Everything Belongs, and I can say how delighted I am to be going on this journey of Contemplation via his teachings. The subject is most definitely not an easy one to teach, and if this were my first Rohr book or my first exposure at all to his works, I admit I would have likely been completely lost; but this is an appropriate book for someone who is somewhat familiar with either Rohr or Contemplation as a spiritual practice. Highly recommend.

  • F D
    2018-12-06 20:58

    I love Rohr. I think his attempts to create a modern Christian perspective that is both (pun intended) reverential to his Catholic and Franciscan training but also inclusive in an increasingly secular and intelligent world is admirable. This book is a quick read and it is as good a place as any to start reading his ideas. I have listened to many interviews of him and I find his tone and delivery add to his message in ways that the printed word lacks.