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Overview Richard Rohr is a modern prophet calling us to change our ways. Rohr paints a critical picture of the prevailing thought, culture and attitudes of the present-day West-which he calls "The Postmodern Opportunity"-including our cultural biases, our embrace of victimhood, our often fearful attitudes toward one another and toward the Church and religion in general. Rohr offers hope in introducing the Franciscan path of transformation, the "new way of being that would change the face of history."
Rohr describes how following Saint Francis' way to forgiveness and love, and "owning the darkness," can bring us out of the postmodern pit in which we find ourselves.
Publishers Description Award winner Catholic Book Awards (Catholic Press Association) Spirituality (Hardcover edition won) "'Let us begin again, for up to now we have done nothing.' That enigmatic sense of beginning again at the end of life, at the end of an era, in the middle of so much failure, when you just want to rest and put the past behind you, that is the gift for reconstruction that we want to discover in this book. It makes Francis a man for all seasons...."-from Chapter Seven Richard Rohr is a modern prophet calling us to change our ways. Rohr paints a critical picture of the prevailing thought, culture and attitudes of the present-day West-which he calls "The Postmodern Opportunity"-including our cultural biases, our embrace of victimhood, our often fearful attitudes toward one another and toward the Church and religion in general. Rohr offers hope in introducing the Franciscan path of transformation, the "new way of being that would change the face of history." Rohr describes how following Saint Francis' way to forgiveness and love, and "owning the darkness," can bring us out of the postmodern pit in which we find ourselves.
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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2002
Publisher ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN 0867164859 ISBN13 9780867164855
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More About Richard Rohr & John Bookser Feister
Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and lived kenosis (self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.
Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi.
Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings. Visit cac.org for more information.
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A timely perspective Jan 9, 2007
This book has been used by a morning study group with great success. Father Rohr provides excellent discussion themes and realistic (new) ways to obtain win-win results.
St. Francis is a needed role model in today's time of fear and retribution.
I highly recommend this book to anyone -- red or blue. In fact, it should be required reading!
But then again (and again and again) Jul 27, 2006
Lenin is said to have had the motto, "One step backward, two forward," as his take on the western notion of progress. Richard Rohr seems to have adapted it into "One step forward, one backward" when it comes to the Church. For every definative opinion he gives in his initial chapters, he cites at least one exception, leaving the reader in a muddle as to what he is actually saying. Rohr is an acute observer of cultural artifacts functioning without an overall structure that places his observations into a useful context. One can imagine all this as great material for homilies, but John Feister, as editor, has a challange on his hands to make it linear enough for the printed page. The result is reader frustration. In chapter 3, for example, Rohr starts with the theme of three Great Awakenings in USA history but, only three pages on, that theme has dissolved into a broader "sense of History" and then "sense of community". Over a score of pages later, what emerges is "Turn of the TV and have family meals together." Ironically, the Mormans have managed to convey that same message quite effectively in 30-second TV ads. Rohr is one of those likeable folks with whom you can say you agree--at least 50 percent of the time. But later you wonder if that was because you only heard half of what he intended to communicate.
Deep and thought-provoking Mar 22, 2006
Rohr's book challenges us to see our world from a different perspective. We have been using it for a women's spirituality group. Everyone in the group thinks its the best book we've ever discussed. Rohr offers hope and a nonviolent way to navigate our world. Deep, insightful, thought-proking, challenging, transforming.
a wake up call Jul 1, 2003
This book blew my hair back as I was reading it.
It turned my parochial understanding of Christianity on it's head and soothed the cynicism I held in my heart toward Christianity.
If you're already a member of the choir, familiar with Rohr and more modern and adult theology, there's nothing I can say to you.
If, however, you're out of the loop like I was this book will change the terrain for you.
There is a lot of language that seemed rather technical or in the vein of Catholic jargon. However, the notions he introduces of what true faith is, the question of being in or out of the system, the system of the church, seeing the universe as sacred, the great chain of being.
These are rich, ancient and vital topics exposed in a new, refreshing and adult way.
Rohr gives us permission, implores us, actually, to put away our crayons and step into an adult understanding of and responsibility for our faith.
I think this book has changed the course of my life.