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The Naked Now: Learning To See As the Mystics See Paperback – September, 2009
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"Rohr is enriched by other world religious traditions, but clearly knows his own. Those interested in contemplative Christianity, and particularly Catholics interested in their own tradition, will benefit from this book." Publishers Weekly
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In the Naked Now, he brings together much of the works of others that he has synthesized and learned. He is truly an avid learner and gleaner of the wisdom of sages of all traditions and schools of thought. This contemporary writing reflects this new insight.
Fr. Rohr, like his contemporaries: Eckhart Tolle- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Cynthia Bourgeault The Wisdom Way of Knowing: Reclaiming An Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart, many of the explorers of the Nag Hammadi texts, Francis of Assisi-the founder of Rohr's Franciscan order, and many ancient desert fathers have discovered a foregone conclusion- that true wisdom is evidenced and is experienced in the Eternal Now--where Yahweh exists and has always existed.( I AM That I Am.)
Rohr's description of the origination of YHWH: the name of God in the Hebraic tradition, as the source of the breath of all humanity is particularly profound.
I have come to appreciate Richard Rohr so very much.Read more ›
This is one of the only Christian writers I have seen who seems to understand the role Ken Wilber has had on clarifying what, for goodness sake, all true religious teachings are trying to get human beings to realize. He also calls our attention to contemporary non-dual realized beings and teachers, such as Byron Katie and Eckhart Tolle.
Perhaps that is what feels so unique about this book. It feels to me like this is the first time I have read a Christian writer who has really gone out an read, assimilated, and then integrated the current non-dual awakening process happening all over the world right now with the actual message and teaching of Christ: Jesus. It is as if some sort of mental wall that has been separating Christianity from the the vital and enormously powerful work of the Holy Spirit that is going on right now in the non-dual spiritual world gets conceptually and actually torn down in this book.
I feel on some level like I have been waiting all my life for this book to show up. I thank Rohr and God, Christ and The Holy Spirit for bringing it out. Since Christ: Jesus is my spiritual Teacher and model, I have had little choice but to wait for this kind of book to make sense of how he fits in with the larger non-dual teachings of the world both past and present. In-other-words, I feel, at last that someone has explained very well why I experience Christ: Jesus as I do, as a non-dual master, fully divine and fully human.Read more ›
This new release is the culmination and summary of all that has gone before and a glimpse of the riches to come.
As well as several retreats presenting this work across America, the Reverend Father Rohr will host on a Saturday morning in early January an official webcast we all may easily attend. Thus we have left no reason left not to accompany the Reverend Father Richard Rohr in his introduction to this essential work of Catholic spirituality.
Released mere weeks ago, we gratefully find here a summary of his long life of spiritual mastery in the Roman Catholic tradition, beginning with an explanation of why he wrote this book. The book is then divided into three parts, plus eight appendices, as well as extra back material; an overflowing cornucopia os spirituality in the Roman Catholic tradition which all may find profoundly beneficial and instructive.
Chapter One describes the Gift Already Given and our yearning for union (not perfection) now with God, who is already one with us, our birthright. Prayer is described as Practicing Heaven Now.
Each chapter, beginning with a Biblical passage, conludes with a bold print summary, or commissioning, we may safely say, here in Chapter One with the great hope of union with God in which we already dwell.
Chapter Two goes on to explore the Great Unsaying, the root of mystic union with God. As Father Rohr explains in the introduction: "All saying must be balanced by unsaying, and knowing must be humbled by unknowing.Read more ›
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This is great reading if you are searching to grow spiritually. It leads you onto a path of non-dualistic living/thinking, and guides you to learn to live in the Presence. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Daniel Crook
The Naked Now by Richard Rohr is a gold mine. I had just begun practicing silent prayer when I first read it two years ago. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Rich Lewis
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If you surrender to God's will, you will be led to the next lesson. Richard Rohr does a fine job in describing the impact of dwelling in a place where words do not exist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by One
I found this book to be fresh and insightful, while at the same time affirmative of understanding that I have acquired that is not otherwise often voiced. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Mclarty
I bought this for a church book group, but would NEVER recommend it. The first few chapters were sort of OK, I know something about Christian meditation and learned almost nothing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jessieth
In my opinion, this is the best of Fr. Richard Rohr's books. I enjoy each of them & I'm not even Christian, much less Catholic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have many of his books, and now this is one of my favorites!Published 2 months ago by Debra L McCarthy