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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company; Revised and updated edition edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824519957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824519957
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Rohr's book, one of the fastest-selling books in Catholic spirituality today, offers a personal retreat for those who hunger for a deeper prayer life but don't know what contemplation is. Now with reflection guide.

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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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Having just finished this book, the first I've read by Richard Rohr, I have to say that I'm awe-struck.
Rick Rowland
This is truly a new way of looking at things, and it brings a new perspective and the possibility of living in greater peace.
sahm
Father Richard Rohr's book Everything Belongs gives birth and expression to a contemplative, reflective heart.
Rose T. Di Gregorio

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107 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Rick Rowland on April 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Having just finished this book, the first I've read by Richard Rohr, I have to say that I'm awe-struck. It will take some time for me to reflect on and process what I've read. Note that this isn't a guide on the "how-to's" of comtemplation but, rather, how to live contemplatively. It may challenge you (including your ideas of social justice) and, in the process, help you grow spriritually. If you are open-minded to new perspectives and have an inclusive world view, you may well enjoy it. I highly recommend it, and will definitely read it a second time.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By John H. Wynne on March 10, 2006
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I am involved in a Men's group and we are currently discussing this book by Richard Rohr. Most of the men in the group are reading this book for the second or third time and it is their all time favorite book on spiritual matters! As for me, I have read numerous books and by some of the great spiritual masters and Richard Rohr's book and delivery speaks to my soul in a way no other book has. This humble franciscan - that some consider a modern day prophet - has the ability to speak clearly to your soul and resonate with the truth that is within you. No other spiritual guide that I have encountered has the ability to put together (in simple language) the historical, biblical, anthropological, psychological, spiritual and even the physical development of the human soul. You will want to read this book several times. It's Richard's classic.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Tanner Griffins on February 16, 2006
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This is a book not only about contemplative prayer but also about cultivating a spiritual life. Although geared towards Christians, it carries a truly universal message. I did not know the author before reading this book but I do not doubt that he is a spiritually mature and intelligent person. Who would have known a modern day Catholic priest could be so close to God? Every sentence in this slim book is like a jewel of wisdom, every chapter a refreshing glass of water. If you are not closed minded (either as a fundamentalist Christian or as an Atheist) and are able to hear spiritual truths, you will enjoy this book in your life. One of the rare books to be read more than once, and probably more than twice.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kevin C on November 29, 2008
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Let's see, I ear marked a dozen pages and highlighted about a tenth of the text in the course of reading this book. I enjoyed reading it and can easily identify with Fr. Rohr's perspective. It is not a how to book, but deals with the relevant issues associated with the journey. Below are what I thought were some of the highlights of this book.

Center and Circumference
Pg. 19: We do not find our own center; it finds us. Our own mind will not be able to figure it out. We collapse back into the Truth only when we are naked and free - which is probably not very often. We do not think ourselves into a new way of living. We live ourselves into a new way of thinking. In other words, our journeys, around and through our realities, or circumferences, lead us to the core reality, where we meet both our truest self and our truest God.

Vision and Enchantment
Pg. 51: Religions should be understood as only the fingers that point to the moon, not the moon itself.
Pg. 55: Everything belongs and everything can be received. We don't have to deny, dismiss, defy or ignore. What is, is okay. What is, is the greatest teacher

Ego and Soul
Pg. 80: The contemplative secret is to live in the now.
Pg. 65: The present moment has no competition. It is not judged in comparison to any other. It has never happened before and will not happen again. But when I am in competition, I'm not in love. I can't get to love because I am looking for a new way to dominate.

Don't Push the River
pg. 123: The final stage of the wisdom of faith is what we might call becoming the Holy Fool. Ironically the Holy Fool is one who knows he doesn't know, but doesn't need to either. He is able to leave the full knowledge to God.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By AOC on April 9, 2008
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Growing up in a fundamental Christian home and attending a conservative church,I was at first hesitant to read such a "out there" book by a catholic none the less. But it being recommended to me by my counselor as the middle road between the eastern way and the western, I was intrigued. I was so refreshed and renewed in my walk with Jesus to see Him as one who loves all and wants to be reconciled to all, no judgements. The Eastern way of looking at life used to frighten me but after this book, I feel more open minded and walking down the road God wants me on. I have such a new appreciation for the Catholic religion and their view of who God is. I reccommend this book to any who are searching for more of who God is.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rowland Croucher on July 9, 2007
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Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: the Gift of Contemplative Prayer (Crossroad 2003).

Each decade it seems I read a book I wish I'd written. This is one: a brilliant collection of spiritual wisdom. Richard Rohr is probably America's (the world's?) most sought-after teacher of Spirituality and Spiritual Direction. He has both an amazing verbal fluency and breadth of wisdom. He's the founder/director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albacerqui New Mexico. (Look it up in Google and purchase some of his tapes/CDs - easy listening! Well, the teaching style is easy on the ears but the prophetic emphasis might be hard!).

Richard is a Franciscan, a `post Vatican 2' Catholic who is critical of both liberal and conservative theological assumptions. He believes (unlike many Protestants) that God was not dead before the 15th century, and also (unlike many Evangelicals/ Fundamentalists) that spiritual wisdom may also be found in some non-Christian sources (though he is critical of many of the presuppositions of Zen, New Age spirituality etc. as well).

Prayer in the teaching of Jesus (and of Richard) is more about being than technique. It's about your life, rather than how you put words together (as in adoration, confession, supplication etc. - there's less than one page here on the components of verbal praying).

And how you live authentically depends on your embracing emptiness, vulnerability, nonsuccess, descent-rather-than-ascent, letting-go rather than acquiring (`affluenza').

It's best to read this book slowly: the text is broken up into small 2-3 page chunks.

Richard Rohr is, in my view, `on target' as a modern prophet: you'll find many more of his articles (including a summary of this book) on this website: [...] .
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