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Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer Paperback – March 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0824516529 ISBN-10: 0824516524 Edition: 0th
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Richard Rohr is an internationally known retreat master, speaker, and writer. He was founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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"You cannot earn God. You cannot prove yourself worthy to God. It is simply a matter of awareness. Of enjoying the awareness. Coming to the awareness. There are moments when we believe it. Then it all makes sense. Once I can see it here and trust it, in this piece of clay, at this moment in time that I am - then the compliment is also passed on to you. I am able to see the divine image both in myself and in you and finally in all things. Finally the seeing is one. How you see anything is how you will see everything." - From the book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crossroad (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824516524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824516529
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, where he also serves as Academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. 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, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love.

He has been a featured essayist on NPR's "This I Believe," a guest of Mehmet Oz on the Oprah and Friends radio show, and a guest of Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday. Fr. Richard was one of several spiritual leaders featured in the 2006 documentary film ONE: The Movie and was included in Watkins' Spiritual 100 List for 2013. He has given presentations with spiritual leaders such as Rob Bell, Cynthia Bourgeault, Joan Chittister, Shane Claiborne, James Finley, Laurence Freeman, Thomas Keating, Ronald Rolheiser, Jim Wallis, and the Dalai Lama.


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153 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Mary R. Bast on May 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
According to the publisher, Rohr wrote this book to "help us pray better and see life differently." I emphasize the second part, seeing life differently. As a personal coach I know that people don't change by ignoring or trying to overcome their limiting beliefs and perspectives. The most fundamental and significant changes occur when we witness ourselves as we are and without judgment. Rohr brilliantly balances Christian and Buddhist philosophy and practice to illustrate that contemplative prayer is not about being Christian -- it is about becoming whole. "The small calculating mind," he writes, "wants either/or, win/lose, good or bad... We do not think outselves into new ways of living. We live ourselves into new ways of thinking." When we let go of the stories that have defined us and become living witnesses to ourselves as we show up every day, we return to the sacred, to our most essential and least programmed essence. This happens through contemplative prayer, through meditation, and through everyday mindfulness. This is true of any spiritual journey, and not just for Christians.
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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Father Joseph leppard (jmleppard@msn.com) on October 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a Catholic Priest, I have always found Father Richard to be on sound bases; neither going right too far or left too far. I believe he is where the Spirit wants him in this book.
He teaches us through this book that we can always begin each day a new; looking and seeing differently; listening with the listening ear; and seeing with the seeing eye.
I highly recommend this book to all - high school seniors, college students, parents, above all, to priest who have be lack in their own adult education.
It is a book to have on your shelf when doubts about yourself,your faith and church come into conflict. It is a book that is an excellent tool to increase one's spiritual growth in union with God.
Father Joseph
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 2002
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Richard Rohr's "Everything Belongs" is an amazing book that not only encompasses contemplative prayer but also speaks about the christian life in general. I just finished high school and I highly recommend it to other teens (and adults, too) who are tired of all the liberal/conservative christian rhetoric and who are searching for the "Third Way," taking the best from the liberals and the conservatives and building a new outlook on life. I also recommend his "Simplicity: the Art of Living," however I do think one unacquainted with Rohr should start with "Everything Belongs." I'm not joking when I say that Richard Rohr is my role model! Also, if anyone is interested in a more structured approach to learning about contemplative prayer, I highly recommend "Arcmchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer" by Mark Thibodeaux, S.J. I can honestly thank Fr. Thibodeaux to introducing me to the wonderful journey of the contemplative lifestyle!
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1999
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Richard Rohr never leaves you feeling comfortable, and this book continues his prophetic posture. Christianity for Fr. Rohr is a personal committment to the cross, nothing less. His own brush with death,his faith, and age bring him wisdom which is worth contemplating. He leaves me desiring to know more about the Third Way. His best work yet, in my opinion.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2002
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The most powerful book I have read on issues of spirituality, contemplative prayer, self acceptance. A must read, Catholic or not.
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