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Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps Paperback – September 13, 2011
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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 ›
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.
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.
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Richard Rohr makes sense of everything that hasn't made sense to me when it comes to God and religion. His using the 12 steps to help the reader understand is brilliant.Published 22 hours ago by David Cottrell
I read this book almost once a week for research and as a spiritual practice. It is that good.Published 22 hours ago by John Jay Alvaro
All knowledge is in the gift of believing, the rest happens. Faith, hope and love takes you beyond yourself. Trust always.Published 3 days ago by Constance S. Holeman
Richard Rohr writes clearly and is a very accessible spiritual writer and lecturer. Breathing Under Water makes insightful comparisons between Christian Spirituality and the... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Chris
This is helping me to understand my son 's recovery journey in AA- and how it relates to my higher power, GodPublished 11 days ago by JudeGo
Cannot recommend this books enough regardless of the recovery program you are working through. Anything from addition to codependency to just wanting to be more free in your life. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Holdol