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“Richard Rohr is one of the wisest people on the planet (other than my soon-to-be-wife). In a world of shallow spirituality, Richard takes us deep—deep into ourselves and deep into God. He has been a close friend and mentor to me over the years, but he has also been raising up generations of contemplative activists—Christians who pray and act for an end to the ugly things in this world like poverty, war, and arrogance. Richard is a spiritual grandfather. His life and teaching must make Francis of Assisi, and Jesus, smile.” —Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and recovering sinner, www.thesimpleway.org

“To the list of amazing things about Richard Rohr add this: that in a paragraph or two, in a short daily reading, he can express an idea that stays with you all day and nudges you one step closer to becoming the person you're meant to be. It's written for men, but everyone will benefit from these 366 nuggets of wisdom and nudges toward transformation.” —Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity (brianmclaren.net)

“Richard Rohr describes how to transform rather than transmit the pain in our life, a lesson that we all desperately need to hear.” —Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr Oz Show

“This immensely helpful book . . . provides the inspiration to catapult readers into the adventure of male spirituality. As usual, Rohr delivers a rich treasure trove of wisdom." —Frederick and Mary Ann Brussat, www.SpiritualityandPractice.com

“Father Richard Rohr has gathered innumerable luminous jewels of wisdom during a lifetime of wrestling with self, soul, God, the church, the ancient sacred stories of initiation and its modern realities, and the wilder and darker dimensions of the human psyche. His new book, On the Threshold of Transformation, is a great and gracious gift for men—contemporary men longing for lanterns on the perilous path to male maturity, a path that reveals secrets of personal destiny only after descending into the swamps of woundedness, shattering emotion, and personal demons. A rare, true elder in these fractured times, Richard Rohr opens the way again for men to sacrifice the juvenile life of win/lose contests and to eventually uncover their souls—their authentic and unique way of participating in and joyously contributing to this miraculous world.” —Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., author of Soulcraft and Nature and the Human Soul

Book Description

365 meditations to help men navigate their way to greater wholeness and holiness

In one of the opening meditations of On the Threshold of Transformation, male spirituality expert Richard Rohr writes, “We need to fail, to fall, to jump into the central mystery of our own existence, or we’ll have no way of finding our true path.” Those words summarize the central idea of all 365 meditations in this daily guide for men: that wholeness and holiness can be found only through some form of suffering or letting go.
With nearly every man dealing with some form of darkness—of hurt—in his life, this book readily acknowledges the pain and deals with it directly, unapologetically, and redemptively. While much of our culture today would have us believe that failure and suffering are inherently bad, Fr. Rohr helps men see that pain—in whatever form it takes—is inevitably the only doorway through which they can pass to reach their authentic, best selves, which is where they will truly encounter God.
Ultimately this book helps men, over the manageable timeline of one year, learn how to transform their pain so they don’t transmit it. The meditations in this book clearly reveal that neither taking a pass on pain nor passing pain along to others is an option; to become a better man, in the deepest sense of that phrase, requires that each man deal with his own darkness and allow that darkness to give way to total transformation.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829433023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829433029
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,872 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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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Karnes on October 21, 2010
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I am a well educated, modestly successful healthcare executive with a relatively stable life, in spite of the successes and failures that I have experienced in my five decades on the planet. As I recently grappled with compelling themes and questions that were an inevitable part of my transition into mid-life, and the second half of life, I found myself reflecting on the fact that, as an avid reader, I had gathered a great deal of valuable information over the years. Yet, I found myself disillusioned about how little transformation I had actually experienced as a result of my studies.

"On the Threshold of Transformation" came into my life at a time when I needed a "daily confrontational", not a daily devotional guide to spur me toward renewal of my commitment to strive for a more meaningful and mature perspective on the coming years. If you are concerned, as I am, about whether or not your life is moving toward integrity or despair, this remarkable collection of meditations will be indispensable to your journey!

I am tired of passing my pain to others around me. I am ready to grow up and transform my pain, to return to wholeness in the second half of life. I believe that focusing my prayer life around the themes and questions posed in this collection of meditations is already making a positive difference in my life. And, I believe that there are many men out there just like me, who would be open to such a transformation. Now is the right time, and this book is the right message!

I recommend these inspired writings with the deepest conviction that they will offer invaluable insights to any man who is ready to "man up" and really,really grow up...
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dee Gray on September 8, 2010
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I was sitting in a waiting room yesterday and this book was on the table next to me. I opened it to the meditation of the day and was blown away by what I read!

THE MALE JOURNEY: Shadow Boxing, Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It takes so much energy and effort to suppress what we find unacceptable in ourselves that we can have very little energy left for anything else. This is why some people exist in a stew of aimless anxiety, nameless dread, free-floating fear, generalized anger, and irritated exhaustion. Thses are all indications that we've placed a great portion of our unacceptable self in exile. We have no patience, no forgiveness, no mercy, but only harsh judgements. No gospel.

We then project our own sick symptoms onto the screen of our outer world and call it reality. We don't see the world as it is; we see the world through the prism of our anxiety, fear, and other rejected emotions. This is what creates the worlds of conspiracy theories, militia movements, and the hateful rantings of radio and TV personalities. People are largely fighting their own fears and denied shadow selves. If there is no real shadow boxing with the self, the boxing ring of life becomes scary indeed. This is much of our world, brothers.

What shadows am I fighting right now?

I fingered through the book as I waited for my appointment and, though I am a women, I could relate to many of the reflections. Very powerful and life transforming meditations!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Sam Smith on March 20, 2011
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I am an avid reader of Rohr's wisdom literature and am generally a big fan.
This book disappointed me. In my opinion, these short sayings and conclusions from Rohr's writings are not sufficient in depth to teach much wisdom. If you're looking for a good Rohr devotional guide, look elsewhere.
His other self written devotional guidebooks are much better.Radical Grace: Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin R on March 24, 2012
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This daily reader has really helped me expand my spirituality and challenged my intellect in numerous ways. Rohr is radical for the times, like his inspiration, Jesus the Christ. This book is an essential part of my daily regimen and I can't wait to start my day with its metaphysical perspective. It progresses nicely, carrying you along the path that Rohr has travelled to reveal "the second half" of life. This is must read for any man that feels any emptiness or betrayal by the false promises of our materialistic society.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Chevalier on April 24, 2012
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A book dealing with deeply spiritual (not-religious, mind you) reflective thoughts on masculinity with a quiet AND determined effort to influence the "over-mothered" and the "under-fathered" men in western society.

This is a simple, but by no means a light weight "Men's meditation." You WILL MEDITATE on these profound thoughts. Each of its 365 reflections are designed to be read in less than a minute but "meditated" over a minute, all day, week, year, or life. Some of the thoughts will challenge your "religious" upbringing perhaps they reflect the thoughts in between the lines of the Bible of Jesus' words and possibly conversations He may have had with His male disciples. Not easy stuff to swallow due to their spiritual 'rawness.'

Men will get a perspective of why real men can learn the value of crying for others during their virtual/ego-driven age and the value of laughter as they age. Women can benefit from the reading for "understanding men" and INFORMATION ONLY, not ammunition.

Serious inner soul work can start within these pages.

A. Chevalier
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