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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Image; Reprint edition (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385512325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385512329
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this book of poignant meditations, theologian Rolheiser pleads an important case of idealism, romanticism, fulfillment and pure love (eros) in an age of skepticism, cynicism and despair. Pulling from a host of spiritual classics, he succeeds at inspiring his readers, translating with impressive acumen the wisdom of theologians like Karl Rahner, poets like Rainer Maria Rilke and contemporary writers like Annie Dillard. He aptly engages readers in deep philosophical questions without losing them in abstract language because he diligently connects his theological ideas to concrete, common experiences. Rolheiser writes about such topics as self-expression, innocence, friendship, forgiveness, prayer, sexuality and social justice with his signature touch of empathy and eloquence. However, in his effort to inspire optimism, he dodges some controversial issues and appears at times to dangerously discount some very real illnesses (e.g. depression, anxiety disorders), which may require psychiatric and physiological treatment beyond his recommended method of "praying it through." Titled appropriately after the last line of St. John of the Cross's poetic masterpiece, "The Dark Night of the Soul," Rolheiser's reflections capture postmodern anxiety and despair; he accurately identifies some alarming trends in contemporary culture, such as the "Friday Night Syndrome"—what he calls our society's need for constant excitement. Overall, his words offer readers a perspective of hope and provide spiritual nourishment at its best. (May)
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Praise for The Holy Longing

“A master weaver is at work here. … I found my soul on every page. At least we have a guide who helps us know what to do with the fire of desire within us. At last a comprehensive, life-giving approach to sexuality. At last a dynamic understanding of how the paschal mystery plays in our own lives. At last a way to weave love for the poor and struggling people with the highest mystical love of God—I love this book.”
—Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking


Praise for The Restless Heart
“Ronald Rolheiser examines the pain of loneliness and the meaning of our longing with compassionate precision. The book is not simply an exercise in personal spirituality—it also comes at a time when great social and political harm is done because many of us cannot endure and enjoy who we are in our loneliness. A much-needed antidote to the uneasiness of the times.”
—Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, author of Living the Truth, and coauthor of Seasons of Grace


“Ronald Rolheiser has emerged as one of the finest spiritual writers of our time. In this new edition of his earliest work, he tills the soil where the holy longing is cultivated, nurtured, and sustained: the lonely human heart. He holds the key to helping loosen the suffocating grip of loneliness so that our deepmost desires flourish and find rest in God.”
—Michael Downey, Cardinal’s Theologian, Archdiocese of Los Angeles


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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Kearney VINE VOICE on September 18, 2005
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Ronald Rolheiser has many gifts he brings to spiritual writing. First he is a person of deep faith. He is also aware of the world we live in today, both its good points and its flaws. Combine this with a keen insight into people and a Catholicism that combines the best of the Catholic tradition with current insights into what feeds and nourishes people and you get an idea of what he brings to the table.

FORGOTTEN AMONG THE LILIES is a departure from some of his other works. Instead of being a monograph about a certain subject, it is a collection of essays based on article sand columns he has written over the years and talks he has given. He divides them into thirteen categories and in each category there is a selection of essays. Most are short and can be read in one sitting and used for reflection. The themes of Rolheisser's earlier works such as the emptiness we can experience without God, the need for a fruitful prayer life, and the importance of belonging to a community of believers can be found in this volume. His writings reflect the concerns of the time including the aftermath of September 11, 2001 and the clergy sexual abuse scandal facing the Catholic Church but are focused solely on the two situations.

At times I have been in discussion groups where articles by Rolheiser have been used to begin the debate. I have found that lively and interesting conversations have followed reading his works. This book which is ideal for either individual or group reading will certainly enliven a reading group or adult education class.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Brad Karelius on July 27, 2005
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This new book is a collection of his columns on spirituality. Ron Rolheiser continues to invite me deeper into intimacy with God, by considering my deep passions, addictions, longings, and to believe that God is present in all things. By his own honesty and transparency in this book, Father Rolheiser invites you and me to be real and honest with God and ourselves. Father Brad Karelius, Pastor, Messiah Episcopal Church, Santa Ana, CA
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sister M. Fest on October 30, 2005
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This is a wonderful book for readers who have enjoyed other works of Ron Rohlheiser. The title comes from the last stanza of the pem "Dark Night of the Soul" and assures us that we can leave our fears, guilt, anxieties, compulsions, etc. to be "forgotten among the lilies" when we rest our heats on the bossom of Jesus. It is a contemporary book on Providence.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Marie Chnapko on October 28, 2006
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I found this book to be very helpful and one to reflect on. I think this is one of Rolheiser's best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booksplus on October 6, 2013
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Rohlheiser brings us some of the freshest insights into the ethics, psychology, theology, and sociology of the modern era. As one seeks to enter what Fr. Richard Rohr has labeled "the second half of life," one can't help but question anything and everything one has been taught about navigating one's spiritual journey from birth on. I can confidently assert that this little volume serves up knocks-your-socks-off wisdom that entertains as it instructs. Just the right strategy to aid readers of all persuasions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan on April 16, 2014
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I bought this book to be apart of a "book Club". We are meeting once a month and discuss one chapter a month. We are meeting to discuss Chapter one the end of April. Rolheiser's writing is very humane and honest. Always getting started (first chapter) is just a beginning. I am sure I will be very satisfied with this book.
Janice
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Romeo on July 9, 2013
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Just as described! I love the product. Would highly recommend. Would definitely do business again! Thanks for the fulfillment of my expectations.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roberta Jonnet on April 2, 2012
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Ron Rolheiser,OMI, was the first instructor from whom I took a graduate course at Seattle University in the Theology program.
He has a wonderful gift for distilling large amounts of spiritual teachings gained over the centuries and giving it back in a
compelling manner. This book's chapter are 3-4 pages each. The book is like taking a deep breath in and then out and feeling renewed.
He gives a spiritual perspective for the modern day seeker of God. You are guided and encouraged to go deeper in your prayers and in everyday
living.
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