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Product Details

  • Paperback: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media; 8.2.2011 edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616361573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616361570
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.&mdash;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

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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 (www.cac.org) 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 author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam's Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, and Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self.

CAC is home to the Rohr Institute where 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 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 God and all beings. Learn more at www.cac.org.

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I found the book very interesting with a lot of food for thought.
Sue M.
I recommend this book for those who wish to seek out living a spiritual life in practical ways and are opened to be challenged.
Denise A. Becker
Very helpful in looking at the 12 steps in AA from a spiritual point of view.
Joseph G. Ward

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91 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Woodward on April 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Father Rohr takes AA's 12 steps & puts a Christian spin on them (adding Jesus' teachings to the mix..) As a long-time fan of Father Rohr, a Franciscan priest, this is one of my favorite sets. Totally real, and REALLY helpful (even if you're not recovering from substance abuse, this definitey is a Faith-strengthen-er!) Must confess that some of Father Rohr's other stuff is WAY over my head, but these practical recordings walk through the recovery process step by step. Especially like his take on mercy. Not just words, it's an attitude -- as folks in AA humbly stand and say "I'm an alcoholic".. the church can learn to be humble like that -- Lord have Mercy. REAL mercy. We sure need it! These CDs are from the 80s (some references a bit dated); but insights still very relevant. (Thought Father Rohr did a conference a few yrs ago.. there may be an updated version.)
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Carol Blank TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 2, 2011
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Richard Rohr joined the Franciscans in 1961 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1970, the same year he earned a master's degree in theology. In 1971 he founded the New Jerusalem Community in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1987 he established the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he serves as founding director, dividing his time between local work and preaching and teaching around the world. The center is designed as a place of discernment and growth for activists and those interested in social service ministries.

Rohr is best known for his audio and video tapes, CDs, books, and articles. His themes include Scripture as liberation, integration of action and contemplation, community building, peace and justice, and eco-spirituality. His latest work, Breathing Under Water, is based on a series of talks Rohr gave 25 years ago connecting the Gospel to the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. He begins with two connections: (1) what we now label "addiction" can be compared to what the bible called "sin" (2) sin, like addiction, may be viewed as a disease rather than something that is punishable and displeasing to God. He expands the commonly held idea of addiction to something broader and also hidden. He suggests that individuals today are addicted to our own way of doing things, our own defenses, and our own way of thinking and processing reality.

The book is formatted in twelve chapters, corresponding to the AA steps. Each chapter opens with the text of the step being addressed and relevant quotations from Scripture. Rohr often holds up elements in established religion, yes, Catholic too, that seem not to contribute to the necessary healing.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marie Nacht on November 13, 2011
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As a Twelfth-Stepper who is also a Christian, I found this book a wonderful guide in my journey towards a better relationship with Jesus, who is my Higher Power. This book would also be helpful to those who are the family and friends of those of us in recovery.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christine on April 29, 2012
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I purchased this book after our pastor referenced it one Sunday. When it arrived my husband started reading it ...that's unusual! He reads a lot, but not usually books I buy! He has not given the book back yet!
He feels the book simplifies the 12-steps, then expands upon them and relates them to the bible. He has read a lot about the 12 steps and feels this is the best book by far.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Noel on November 8, 2011
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Words just will not convey the way this book touched me. Small wonder though, as the author hits the spot on so many of the areas of despair I went through as I journeyed from the depth of addiction to an area of appreciation of life again. Thank you Father Rohr for once again allowing me to learn that I'm not that different from other sufferers from this scourge of addiction. In my recovery I have been introduced to that fact again and again. No matter the profession or education level the fellow sufferers I have become acquainted with are affected in much the same ways. A lot of that understanding I think comes from listening to each ones stories and this book once again verifies this fact and allows me to be accepting of my fellow human beings.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James F. Powers on November 25, 2011
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Rohr sees new dimensions of Christian spirituality in the Twelve Step Program--especially on how to cope with our addiction to consumerism in our contemporary society. We are drowning in our secular obsession with "things"; the only way we are going to be able to breathe spiritually is by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Misch on February 24, 2013
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Richard Rohr weaves the Bible - think Christ life - into the 12 steps of AA - Bill W. The author helps his reader to understand addiction on simple terms. And more importantly that we are all addicts on some level, for some food, games, drink, drugs, even being a parent and not letting go. It is not meant to be a single read but read over and over as each page brings on a new meaning.

So what if your not sold on religion and the bible is not a part of my life? Read and enjoy the countless examples of a how crawl out of the abyss of addiction.
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This book is an excellent how to on how to survive in our very dysfunctional culture with its many addictions that are causing so much pain and despair. Combining spirituality with the success of the 12 steps is a stroke of genius and a road map of how to stay sane in a society that is increasingly insane.
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