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Lever and a Place to Stand, A: The Contemplative Stance, the Active Prayer Paperback – February 1, 2011


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Hidden Spring (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587680645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587680649
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,208 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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dr Sean E. Hall on November 13, 2011
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This is an excellent set of talks which synthesises much of rohr's writings on meditation, contemplation and the relationship between prayer, faith and religion. for someone looking for a brief intro to the main themes of his recent writings I can think of no better start than reading this book.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rowland Croucher on April 2, 2012
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Richard Rohr, A Lever and a Place to Stand: The Contemplative Stance, the Active Prayer (2011: The World Community of Christian Meditation).

My friends tell me that one of the memories they take away from my Leadership Seminars - and sometimes my preaching - is a few of `Croucher's Global Statements'. OK, (give a dog a bad name...:-) here's another:

** In my humble opinion Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr is the English-speaking world's #1 contemporary Christian prophet **

There, now that that's off my chest, let's have a quick glance at his latest book.

Richard is `with-it' (he's au fait with Emerging Church thinking, a la Phyllis Tickle, Brian McLaren et al), ecumenical (I love his sometimes oblique but devastating critiques of church hierarchies), erudite (he's a voracious reader and, these days, author), irenical (but the conservatives and liberals each regularly `cop a serve') and very `grounded' and friendly (we've been privileged to have him stay with us in Melbourne).

The thesis of A Lever and a Place to Stand is simple, but not-so-simple: Without a genuine contemplative stance, we'll never adequately challenge the oppressions, materialism and sectarianism of our modern world. But activism without contemplation/meditation is mostly the preferred short-cut moderns take to `attack' the world's problems, hence, for example, imperialistic disasters like Aghanistan, the incarceration of more people in U.S. prisons for drug-related offences than were in Russian gulags a generation or two ago, the selfishness of `born again/right wing' Christianity in the U.S. and elsewhere which attacks issues like gay relationships, for example, with conservative hermeneutics and bigotry rather than empathy... the list goes on.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lynn P. White on December 24, 2011
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This book was truly a blessing to me and one that I needed right at the time I read it. Centering Prayer is becoming more and more meaningful for me every day, and Father Richard Rohr knows just how to make it come alive for me and I'm sure he can for you also, if you let him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joan Mclaughlin on August 7, 2012
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Richard Rohr is a fabulous author. This book is being used with a discussion group to enhance our spirituality! He has a great way of making one examine their belief structures to distinguish what's worth keeeping and what needs to be discarded! So far, so good!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KA on July 28, 2013
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I'm Catholic, but I have often wondered about the Church during the last few years. Richard Rohr renews my faith in it, in part because he sure doesn't slavishly follow the party line. I'm no rocket scientist, so a fair amount of what Father Rohr writes is above me, but what I understand often has reacting with an "Aha!" I've gotten a lot out of every one of his books, but none more than this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MJW on June 18, 2013
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The most important book I've read as far as understanding the meaning of life, how we live well, and how to make an individual life better on the inside. The outside stuff of living bogs down the mind, and doesn't really improve our lives in the grand scheme of things. Very clearly written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kris Oliver on April 8, 2013
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This is the first book of Rohr's that I have read, and I enjoyed it immensely. I especially liked his discussion of atonement and what it means. Would have liked some examination of "how" but I suppose this is outside the scope of this work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Sullivan on April 2, 2013
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I enjoy how Richard pushes beyond the norm. Giving us the info to learn and building our faith to share with all we meet
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