- Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press (1988)
- ASIN: B00483R6A2
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (441 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,329,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the 12 Steps (CD-Rom) Multimedia CD – 1988
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Richard Rohr joined the Franciscans in 1961 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1970, the same year he earned a master's degree in theology. In 1971 he founded the New Jerusalem Community in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1987 he established the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he serves as founding director, dividing his time between local work and preaching and teaching around the world. The center is designed as a place of discernment and growth for activists and those interested in social service ministries.
Rohr is best known for his audio and video tapes, CDs, books, and articles. His themes include Scripture as liberation, integration of action and contemplation, community building, peace and justice, and eco-spirituality. His latest work, Breathing Under Water, is based on a series of talks Rohr gave 25 years ago connecting the Gospel to the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. He begins with two connections: (1) what we now label "addiction" can be compared to what the bible called "sin" (2) sin, like addiction, may be viewed as a disease rather than something that is punishable and displeasing to God. He expands the commonly held idea of addiction to something broader and also hidden. He suggests that individuals today are addicted to our own way of doing things, our own defenses, and our own way of thinking and processing reality.
The book is formatted in twelve chapters, corresponding to the AA steps. Each chapter opens with the text of the step being addressed and relevant quotations from Scripture. Rohr often holds up elements in established religion, yes, Catholic too, that seem not to contribute to the necessary healing.Read more ›
He feels the book simplifies the 12-steps, then expands upon them and relates them to the bible. He has read a lot about the 12 steps and feels this is the best book by far.
So what if your not sold on religion and the bible is not a part of my life? Read and enjoy the countless examples of a how crawl out of the abyss of addiction.
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A revelation of a book. So succinct, so clear, so beautiful. A must read.Published 3 days ago by Natalie Downing
I have never been addicted to alcohol, but have been exposed to it in our extended family---so was interested in reading this book and see how it tied into the gospels. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Laurie Bierer
It is helpful to recognize just what our addictions are and to explore how we can get past them. I found it very useful and highly recommend it!Published 12 days ago by Rev. Julie Keene (real name)
Richard's comparison of The 12 Steps of AA and the Bible/Jesus' teachings is spot on. Thank you.Published 12 days ago by Terree Mae Baker
This book did a marvelous job of weaving spiritual principles with the 12 steps of "Anonymous" programs. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Wrytrzcrmp
One of the very best books I have ever read...an absolute MUST for anyone trying to understand the meaning of life!Published 28 days ago by Mark Allen