Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps


By (author) Richard Rohr, Read by John Quigley

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  • Publisher: St Anthony Messenger Press,U.S.
  • Format: CD-Audio | 4 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 163mm x 28mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cincinnati
  • ISBN 10: 1616361212
  • ISBN 13: 9781616361211
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: abridged edition
  • Sales rank: 405,163

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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 we all have to sin."

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Franciscan priest 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 "Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent" and "Preparing for Christmas With Richard Rohr: 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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Richard Rohr, O.F.M. once again has put into words the wisdom from his lectures on the Twelve Steps ."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. We learn from this experience that all mature spirituality is about letting go. In those moments of desperate desiring, we come to believe a power greater than ourselves leads us on our journey, which becomes a trust walk. This is a time of gradually letting go and handing over so that we can be open to God s healing touch. This touch penetrates different levels of trust and creates right relationships with people we love and whose presence is part of our lives. The tenacity of faith and hope comes from the heart to be broken, and broken open, to have a heart open for others. . 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""