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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824517342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824517342
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,045 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. 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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Richard Rohr's writing is clear and concise.
Christine A. Nienhaus
Finally, a book that gives you permission to mourn and go through the process that will allow you to heal.
Campbell Welsh
This book is amazing and I think every Christian should read it.
Justin J Giddings

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Christine A. Nienhaus on May 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
Richard Rohr's writing is clear and concise. This is an "easy read", meant in only the best way. It is not so deeply theological that one needs training to decode the message. For a topic as difficult as this, he helps the reader review suffering. The title is truly appropriate since bad things do happen to good people - as Job indeed was good yet suffered intensly. Rohr does an excellent job disecting the book of Job and revealing his (and our) relationship with God within the pain, not apart from it.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Justin J Giddings on April 6, 2004
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This book, outside of the Bible, has been the most inspirational book I have ever read. I had to read it for a class, so I approached it grudgingly. Yet now every other page (literally, I'm not kidding) is dog-eared with highlighted and underlined sentences. This book is amazing and I think every Christian should read it. Non-Christians would probably enjoy it to as it deals with probably the largest block to faith: the problem of suffering.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2000
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Richard Rohr has a clear view about suffering. Through Job, Richard, explains away our misconceptions about suffering and leads one into a contemplation of Gods view of the human condition.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Kellahan on November 10, 2006
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Ever since I first read C.S. Lewis's `The Problem of Pain', half a century ago, the search for answers has been part of my life. Richard Rohr has taken me in a new direction. Job and the Mystery of Suffering does not provide quick-fix answers, but offers instead a journey into the Pascal mystery. I found it an intriguing invitation and not an easy one to comprehend. A second, more thoughtful reading is yielding a much more meaningful understanding for me. The place of Job in human thinking is portrayed with an honesty that will appeal to many readers. One can identify readily with the great range of his expressions - rage, despair, pleading and impatience - but his unyielding trust through it all is well underlined as the book unfolds. I regard Job and the Mystery of Suffering as one of my better acquisitions.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joe Pfan on February 3, 2007
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The way of perfection on the spiritual path is hard and narrow, with few willing to persevere. Painful circumstances, those that are self-induced or materialize for reasons that are beyond our control, jeopardize our security and primary attachments to persons, places, and things, all of which ultimately disappoint us (if only because they're losable). The pain of suffering and loss gets the attention of the mindful soul in a way that goads it to contemplate that which endures in the midst of all that fades and passes. Reaching for the fixed point is reaching for God, for Spirit, for one's God-self. In this book, Richard Rohr names and defines the mystery of the sacred process that leads us to God and our own center simultaneously. The book helps inform the reader with a Judeo-Christian perspective on suffering, which declares that suffering is not a virtue in its own right, but can be utilized by God in drawing us closer, via spiritual surrender, spiritual abiding and spiritual consciousness -- toward our true identity in God. Few books or authors address this reality more clearly or authentically. Highly recommended for spiritual sojourners and those lost and reeling in the midst of personal suffering and pain.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Campbell Welsh on April 27, 2009
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Have you ever had a setback that rocked you right down to the soles of your feet? And then your well meaning friends get busy telling you "everything will be all right," "Just let it go, and go on." Finally, a book that gives you permission to mourn and go through the process that will allow you to heal. This book helped me to tell my friends to back off and give me a chance to grieve.
Typical Rohr wisdoms on the gospel and that is just an added gift included in this readable book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank on May 17, 2010
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I taught a class on the book of Job for my church years ago. I read everything I could get my hands on on the book including this one. I was almost immediately captivated by Father Richard Rohr's energy and fascinating insight into the real meaning of the book of Job for people today. This was a very big help for my class and I made notes from this book for the other people that would teach the class after me. This was the first book I ever read of Father Richard Rohr and I have read everything he has written since this one. I could not recommend this any more highly
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joannes Capillatus on October 30, 2008
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I am a fan of Rohr's, but reading this book did very little for me. I think his message - which is astonishing and wonderful - is better available in other formats. The basic question I came to the book with was this: I understand that suffering is one of God's tools in shaping us; but why does the experience of it have to be so overwhelming and terrible? The book did not come close to answering that. I think its main value is that you recognize that everyone in life deals with the sufferings of Job - and that everyone is mystified by it. So I came away from the book with little. I'm glad that everyone else found the book so wonderful, though.
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