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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Image (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804139148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804139144
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ronald Rolheiser is one of the great Christian spiritual writers of our time, as well as one of my own personal favorites.  I have read, and recommended, his beautiful book The Holy Longing more times than I can remember.  His sequel, Sacred Fire, is a superb book--one to give to a seeker looking to find God, to a friend struggling with a relationship with God, to a devout believer looking to deepen his or her faith--or best of all, to yourself, as a way of coming to know the God who desires ever more to know you." —James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
 
"When Ron Rolheiser writes, it is clear, compelling, and challenging, plus it is about issues that matter to the soul.  Well, here he does it again--and does it well!" —Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

About the Author

RONALD ROLHEISER O.M.I., is a specialist in the fields of spirituality and systematic theology. His regular column in the Catholic Herald is featured in newspapers in five different countries. He is the author of the prizewinning The Restless Heart as well as Forgotten Among the Lilies. His book The Holy Longing has more than a quarter of a million copies in print.

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It contains a great deal of wisdom and insight into the challenges of life.
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A book that everyone over 40 should read and give time to, a primer for all that one knows is coming but is not always open to or prepared for.
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In this book, he speaks to those of us who have moved beyond and are looking for how to give our lives away in a healthy way for God.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia on March 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I would be lying if I did not mention this. But I'm pretty sure that Sacred Fire is one book I'll have to re-read at a later date because I feel that, perhaps, I am not in the proper time in my life to find it completely relevant to my spiritual needs. While I feel that this would have been better if I were older, there were still a lot of things that I was able to take away from it.

One of the things that was pretty eyeopening, for me, was the correlations that Ronald Rolheiser made between the crucifixion of Jesus and how he transformed all the hatred being sent his way into love. It was interesting because I had never really considered the passivity that he showed and how he gave back love from such a humiliating situation. It definitely gave me pause, and made me inspect my own life to see if I could/have been able to do that (verdicts still out on that). It has also left me thinking that in the conflicts that we/I face between our different beliefs is an opportunity for everyone to listen and show compassion, even when we don't see eye-to-eye.
Just this one aspect of Sacred Fire, has me wanting to try even harder to not perpetrate hate and discord in our already strife filled world.

While that is just one of the things I enjoyed and found something of important, there were many other reasons to enjoy this book as a whole for what it offered. There were also a few other things that definitely had me thinking and pondering whether or not I could try to be better (which, I'll be the first to say how imperfect I am).
The other thing that stuck with me after finishing Sacred Fire, would have to be the chapter of Its Crowning Glory, Blessing Others.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Candice D Chaloupka on March 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Ronald Rolheiser, author of Holy Longing has returned after 15 years with another wonderful guide to living a mature Christian life.

I found many rich quotes and passages in Sacred Fire that help me understand on a deeper level what it looks like to grow as a disciple of Christ. I know I need to and I want to but sometimes I struggle with knowing how that looks. What am I supposed to do?

Sacred Fire takes us from being an essential disciple, one who is struggling to get their life together, to becoming the mature disciple, "one who gives their life more deeply, more generously. Rolheiser leads the reader through stories from scripture, stories about John the Baptist, Mary and Jesus himself, he relates these stories to our own lives.

One of my favorites in this section was about Mary standing under the foot of the cross. "In the Gospels, standing is a position of strength....She was strong there." Mary was not "in emotional and moral outrage" at the injustice. She did not repay violence with more violence. Instead, she knew that "there are times when things have gone so far that shouts and protests are no longer helpful, darkness is going to have its hour, and all we can do is stand under its cross and help absorb its bitterness by refusing to participate in its energy....I can't stop this, but I will not conduct its hatred." Rolheiser continues to talk about this position of Mary's and that it is not the same thing as despair or helplessness.

Rolheiser continues with prayer, what it is and how to do it, and blessing and being a blessing to others. He tells us, "we are mature only when we are compassionate as God is compassionate-namely when our sun shines both on those we like and on those we do not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina Schmidt on June 24, 2014
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Many books today usually speak to the beginning stages of spirituality, which Fr. Rolheiser does in The Holy Longing. In this book, he speaks to those of us who have moved beyond and are looking for how to give our lives away in a healthy way for God. As I was reading this, I got answers to things that are happening in my own life. This is a must read for those who are seriously making the journey with God and their church. I know that I will read it again very soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie on April 17, 2014
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I expected this to be great since I really liked Holy Longing (read it over and over). I am not at all disappointed with Sacred Fire. It has given me lots of insights as I continue to deal with the retirement phase of life......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Moran on March 27, 2014
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This is a very well written and documented account of spiritual growth and development through adolescent to elder years. The book is one for careful reading and reflection. Readers of HOLY LONGING will be delighted with Rolheiser's follow up account of further spiritual progress for serious Christians
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Author Ronald Rolheiser, has once again, created a compelling, informative, guide to spiritual maturity and discipleship. I became a fan after reading “Our Deepest Longing.” This book continues from the deepest longing to spiritual maturity. He takes us from our young adult stage, into mid-life, to the fully mature adult that is approaching the end, capturing all of the stages in a psychological, theological and practical step by step progression. Once you get started, you won’t want to put this book down until you are done.

In the beginning of our spiritual journey we often question our call to discipleship, mostly, because our perception of the kind of person that should be called, looks very different than the ones that are. This is why, I appreciate what Rolheiser shared and had to share with all of you. He says,

Not even Jesus found “the ready.”

Jesus called Nathaniel….Nathaniel lacked openness, Nathaniel wasn’t ready.

Jesus called Philip….Philip lacked simplicity. Philip wasn’t ready

Jesus called Simon, the Zealot….Simon lacked non-violent. Simon wasn’t ready.

Jesus called Andrew..Andrew lacked a sense of risk. Andrew wasn’t ready.

Jesus called Thomas…Thomas lacked vision. Thomas wasn’t ready.

Jesus called Judas…Judas lacked spiritual maturity. Judas was definitely not ready.

Jesus called Matthew…Matthew lacked a sense of social sin Matthew wasn’t ready.

Jesus called James the Lesser…James lacked awareness. James wasn’t ready.

Jesus called James and John, the sons of thunder….James and John lacked a sense of servanthood. James and John were not ready.

James called Peter, the Rock….Peter lacked courage Peter was not ready….
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