Richard Rohr continues to guide us to greater wholeness. The latest example is his new book, Breathing Under Water
. A prolific writer, his books have helped countless souls, especially those who struggle with issues of brokenness and seek transformation. -- NCR (read full review: ncronline.org/node/26677)
"Spirituality is perhaps an ill-chosen word in this book's subtitle, given that Rohr's characterization of Christianity is (and always has been) relentlessly incarnational. Here his identification of the gospel with the core tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous underscores how redemption comes to us in and through the messes we make of our lives, not despite them. Anyone with first- or even secondhand knowledge of the Twelve Steps can attest to the unsettling challenges they present to safe, respectable, middle-class Christianity: 'When the churches forget their own gospel message, the Holy Spirit sneaks in through the ducts and air vents. AA meetings have been very good ductwork, allowing fresh air both in and out of many musty and mildewed churches.'"—The Christian Century
….<i>Breathing Under Water</i> is a must-read for any person who recognizes the need to go “inward” on their soul’s journey to question what their relationship is with God, themselves, and others. The author guides us on a journey that begins with a powerlessness or being shipwrecked on a deserted island. It is God’s greatest surprise and constant disguise. We always want to be the manager of our lives. But God makes sure that several things will come our way that we cannot manage on our own. .….<br><br>What <i>Breathing Under Water</i> comes to be is an understanding that those people who have undergone suffering and pain come up to be a compassionate people, loved by God, to be there for others experiencing a similar challenge in life. Rohr summarizes that a graced moment from God is when the suffering people can love and trust a suffering God, and through this deep transformation, will save and be there for one another.—Paula J. Scraba, PhD., <i>The Cord</i>
About the Author
RICHARD ROHR, O.F.M. is a Franciscan of the New Mexico Province and the Founding Director of the Center for Action and Contemplation (cac.org) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Internationally recognized for his teaching on incarnational mysticism, non-dual consciousness and contemplation, Fr. Richard is the author of Everything Belongs, Adam's Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water Falling Upward, and the upcoming Immortal Diamond (due out December 2012).
The CAC will soon be home to The Rohr Institute. Drawing upon Christianity's place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Rohr Institute 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 Divine Reality and all beings.
For more information on Fr. Richard, CAC and The Rohr Institute, and all of the resources from Richard Rohr please visit cac.org