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Things Hidden: Scripture As Spirituality [Paperback]

By Richard Rohr (Author)
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In this exploration of central themes of Scripture, Rohr transforms the written word, discovering in these ancient texts a new and vital meaning, relevant and essential for modern Christians. (Biblical Studies)

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Only when the two come together, inner and outer authority, do we have true spiritual wisdom. We have for too long insisted on outer authority alone, without any teaching of prayer, inner journey and maturing consciousness. The results for the world and for religion have been disastrous....I offer these reflections to again unite what should never have been separated: sacred Scripture and Christian spirituality. --From the Introduction
In this exploration of 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. He uncovers what the Bible says about morality, power, wisdom and the generosity of God in a manner that demands a life-changing response from believers. Rohr offers his readers 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.

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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Pages   238
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2007
ISBN  0867166592  
ISBN13  9780867166590  

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Richard Rohr 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 for more information.

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Thought provoking, interesting, engaging book.  Feb 17, 2008
This book was one of the best I have read. It lead me on a spiritual journey while it educated me in scripture. It was engaging and thought provoking. Although not an easy read it continued to draw me in a paragraph, a page and a chapter at a time. Highly recommend.
He continues to hit the nail on the head!  Feb 15, 2008
I have read most of Richard Rohr's books as well as listened to many of his tapes. I continue to be amazed at how timely is his writing. He manages to "hit the nail on its head" each time. I found this book very helpful in seizing the spirit of Lent in our busy world. I have studied scripture and find his insights both novel and "edifying" (building up).
I have ordered extra copies already to give to friends. I had marked my copy such that it would be most distracting to someone else trying to read my copy.
Things Hidden -- Scripture as spitituality  Feb 8, 2008
Lucid, profound insights into what passages of scripture really contribute to our understanding of spiritual growth. A remarkable treatise from one of the leading retreat leaders of the church.
Things hidden  Jan 28, 2008
Father Rohr is a "friend" since his early Charismatic days in the mid - 1970's by way of cassette tapes. It is greatly affirming and comforting for me that his journey, though clearly more elevated than my own, never the less unfolds within the same general landscape. This is another wonderful book by Father Rohr.
"Quick! Tell me before I forget!"  Jan 22, 2008
Toward the end of his marvelous Things Hidden, Richard Rohr tells an equally marvelous story. Parents bring home a newly-born baby. Their 4-year-old daughter insists on speaking to her new sibling--alone, she insists. The amused parents leave, but stand at the doorway for easy eavesdropping. Their daughter gets close to the infant and urgently whispers: "Quick! Tell me where we came from and why we're here. I'm beginning to forget!"

This little parable is a nice encapsulation of what Rohr has to say about the spirit of scripture. For Rohr, following Rene Girard (whose influence, along with Nouwen's, is all over this book), the bible is a "text in travail," a fluid, living document that is often times messy and meandering, taking one step forward and two steps back. That's why it's important, insists Rohr, to be clear about the bible's trajectory and momentum, so that we won't get lost down a sidetrack and take the inessential as vital (the fundamentalist failing). The trajectory is the working out of the human recognition of God as a loving, nurturing parent who exhibits mercy, grace, faithfulness, forgiveness, and steadfast love; of recognition of ourselves as originally blessed, made in the image of a loving God and hence intrinsically lovable ourselves; and recognition that the bible encourages awakening, remembering, rather than accomplishing. (It's fascinating to reflect on the fact that the Greek word for truth used in the New Testament--aletheia--can be translated as "unforgetting.")

Readers familiar with Rohr's work won't necessarily find a great deal to surprise them in this lovely and wise book. But readers new to Rohr, as well as those (like myself) who have read and profited from him for years, will appreciate the insight and grace with which he puts scripture in a context that moves away from uninspired literalism on the one hand or academic textual crunching on the other. If spiritual knowing (cognition) is really, as Rohr argues, a re-cognition, an unforgetting of the soul, this book is as good a memory-jogger as one is likely to find.

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