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Franciscan priest RICHARD ROHR is founder and animator of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Author of numerous books, including Hope Against Darkness: The Transforming Vision of Saint Francis in an Age of Anxiety and Jesus’ Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount with John Feister (St. Anthony Messenger Press), he gives retreats and lectures internationally.
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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press (September 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867167408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867167405
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,470 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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I have found Richard Rohr's book to be a breath of fresh air.
StephenFed
A terrific read in short chapters that is easy to put down and "digest" before picking up to move on to a new topic.
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The mens' group I meet with has elected to use this book as the text for studies over the next few months.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Carol Blank on December 6, 2005
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Richard Rohr begins this revision of "The Wild Man's Journey" by defining God as "wild" in that God does not operate under human rules. God is free, that is, no matter what men do, God is "always the initiator, always good, always available." Men whose lives are based on performance and exercise of control are powerless before such wildness. Rohr pursues the theme with examples from scripture. The story of Abraham, for example, "has nothing to do with order, certitude, clarity, reason, logic, church authority, or merit. This is an utterly free God trying to create a spiritually free people." Additional topics include men's liberation, masculine and feminine spirituality, neither of which is exclusive to one gender; wild male saints; father hunger; male grief; and the powerful powerlessness of God. The appendix offers a structure for a men's group.

Though this work is written primarily for men, it has much to say to anyone who aspires to a deeper relationship with God.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By TERRANCE O'SHEI on October 15, 2005
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The book is a major update and revision of "The Wild Man's Journey". All chapters were improved and updated, all were shortened for easy small group use, seven were dropped, and three completely new ones added. We have a much more user-friendly version of 25 to-the-point chapters. The appendix contains a structure for your small men's group and the M.A.L.Es mission statement. You could discuss one chapter of the new book per meeting.

The book is also ideal for a man considering attending the Men's Rites of Passage (MROP) with Richard Rohr. If you know someone considering attending a MROP, you may want to forward this message to them. The new book is one of the suggested Richard Rohr resource items for men considering attending a MROP.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 26, 2006
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Rohr gives that hard to hear Gospel construct of spirituality that challenges us to accept who we are and not sacrifice our "True Self" to be "one-up" on the next person, or richer, or better; we are challenged to give up judgement for acceptance; we are challenged to follow the core tenet of Christ's teaching (and the Buddha's, for that matter) that we choose compassion over competition -- Win/Win brings more to self and the world that the traditional societal false premise of win/lose. It takes significant courage and honor, typical male virtues, to follow the heart over the dictates of culture and society. Although written for men, the message is clearly applicable to the modern woman
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By StephenFed on September 8, 2013
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I confess to not having read much on male spirituality, but I have found myself struggling to reconcile the common images put forth amongst Christian writers (of the right and left). I can't bring myself to fully endorse the 'God-mandated Male leadership' view championed by more conservative evangelicals. On the other side, I have found authors of mainline Protestantism to want to throw the baby out with the bath water and not recognize and integrate obvious male difference into their theology of maleness. I have found Richard Rohr's book to be a breath of fresh air.

Rohr sees the masculine and the feminine as two poles that are not to exist in totality in any one personality, but are to be integrated. Its apparent (and certainly emphasized in modern psychology) that all people (men and women) find themselves on a continuum as it relates to masculine and feminine aspects. However, Rohr celebrates and affirms traditional maleness and views it as pointing to a major (but not total) aspect of God. Rohr sees masculine spirituality as emphasizing "movement over stillness, action over theory, service to the world over religious discussions, speaking truth over social niceties, and doing justice instead of any self-serving charity" (p. 10). Obviously if these characteristics are not integrated with a healthy feminine side as well as being subordinated to love, then they can spell danger for a man's life.

Throughout the book Rohr emphasizes the need for men to die (or 'descend'). This usually comes in the 'second half' of life when the 'boy must die so that that the man may live". There comes a time (usually after age 35) when a man will become disillusioned (his 'system of logic, meaning, success, and truth breaks down').
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By aracara on October 24, 2012
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I'm an 83 year old Christian servant, a still-serving church musician for almost 60 years. This small but potent volume seems right on track in discussing in simple, direct terms the elements essential for men's Christian maturity. I recently was led to read another of Rohr's volumes, "Falling Upward", which makes a strong case for the last half of our lives becoming the most fruitful and vital for us as Christians, the time of life when accumulated wisdom affects positively how we live and serve our personal world. But this volume, "From Wild Man to Wise Man", briefly but clearly deals with the essential ways we as men can, and must, employ to grow into living well as Christian servants. A very enjoyable but brief, clear, and even inspiring approach to a serious subject for all Christian men.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Wensek on August 23, 2008
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American men are in a difficult position these days and have been for quite a while. Flogged for their shallow masculinity and hindered in their search for meaninfgul intimacy, its hard to know how and what to do to achieve real spiritual strength and direction. Richard Rohr has been dealing with this matter for a long time and in this extraordinary book he illuminates how we men got here so quickly and gives us great hope that we can move beyond this state into real, robust, fruitful masculinity and wholeness. An easy, enthralling read for men of all ages and faiths.
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