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Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps
     

Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

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by Richard Rohr O.F.M.
 

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We are all addicted in some way. When we learn to identify our addiction, embrace our brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. In Breathing Under Water, Richard Rohr shows how the gospel principles in the Twelve Steps can free anyone from any addiction—from an obvious dependence on alcohol or drugs to the

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We are all addicted in some way. When we learn to identify our addiction, embrace our brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. In Breathing Under Water, Richard Rohr shows how the gospel principles in the Twelve Steps can free anyone from any addiction—from an obvious dependence on alcohol or drugs to the more common but less visible addiction that we all have to sin.

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"Spirituality is perhaps an ill-chosen word in this book's subtitle, given that Rohr's characterization of Christianity is (and always has been) relentlessly incarnational. Here his identification of the gospel with the core tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous underscores how redemption comes to us in and through the messes we make of our lives, not despite them. Anyone with first- or even secondhand knowledge of the Twelve Steps can attest to the unsettling challenges they present to safe, respectable, middle-class Christianity: 'When the churches forget their own gospel message, the Holy Spirit sneaks in through the ducts and air vents. AA meetings have been very good ductwork, allowing fresh air both in and out of many musty and mildewed churches.'"—The Christian Century

 ….Breathing Under Water is a must-read for any person who recognizes the need to go “inward” on their soul’s journey to question what their relationship is with God, themselves, and others. The author guides us on a journey that begins with a powerlessness or being shipwrecked on a deserted island. It is God’s greatest surprise and constant disguise. We always want to be the manager of our lives. But God makes sure that several things will come our way that we cannot manage on our own. .….

What Breathing Under Water comes to be is an understanding that those people who have undergone suffering and pain come up to be a compassionate people, loved by God, to be there for others experiencing a similar challenge in life. Rohr summarizes that a graced moment from God is when the suffering people can love and trust a suffering God, and through this deep transformation, will save and be there for one another.—Paula J. Scraba, PhD., The Cord

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616361570
Publisher:
Franciscan Media
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Pages:
147
Sales rank:
35,144
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.44(h) x 0.42(d)

Meet the Author


RICHARD ROHR is founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He considers the proclamation of the gospel to be his primary call, and some related themes he addresses include eco-spirituality, Scripture as liberation, non-dual thought, the integration of action and contemplation, peace and justice issues, and male spirituality. Author of numerous books, including Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent, and Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent, he gives retreats and lectures internationally. He is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines.

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Breathing Under Water 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
This review refers to the paperback book published in 2011 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. At the same time, he does not condemn those practices, but suggests ways in which they might be altered to comply more fully with the healing message of Jesus. For more information on the center, and a list of services and resources, search the Internet for Center for Action and Contemplation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have listened to the audio book 3 times now and have found this book to resolve so many gaps between my church-based main-line experience and education and my inner spirit yearnings and leanings. It resolves many sub-surface conflicts for me and pulls me into my Christian experience and relationships in ways that heal. This book has so much beauty and grace for me to digest that I must read and digest parts again and again, as well as begin to practice with the new light shed. It is now among my favorites that I cannot do without. Watchman Nee, Henri Nouwen, Brennan Manning, and Richard Foster. I am grateful and soaking these up. I have been in Co-dependents Anonymous for 4 years and a Christian for 48 years. Healing and recovering slowly but surely and loving God more every day. It was in 12-step rooms that I first had the courage to lay down my defenses. Church was always a place to pretend to have it together. This book helps me integrate the 2 diverse spiritual places.
ConservativeAmerican More than 1 year ago
A deeply spiritual look at the Twelve Steps.Insightful analysis of Mr. Wilson's intended purpose of using these twelve steps as a way to get and keep people sober. Enjoyable and instructive for the open minded reader.
Pasico More than 1 year ago
The ministerial staff at our church is using this as the basis for a six-sermon series. Our Celebrate Recovery director kicked it off, our senior pastor is doing several, and one of our associate pastors will wrap it up. Several Bible Study groups are using it also to follow the sermon series. My Nook copy is full of highlights! Rohr offers interesting perspectives.
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Preachingfool More than 1 year ago
You are asking my review for something that was supposed to be available 9/1/2011. I see now there is a publishing date scheduled for 10/1/2011. When will I receive this book?