Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps


By (author) Richard Rohr

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  • Publisher: St Anthony Messenger Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 12mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cincinnati
  • ISBN 10: 1616361573
  • ISBN 13: 9781616361570
  • Sales rank: 12,856

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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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Author information

RICHARD ROHR is a globally recognized Catholic and Christian teacher focusing on mystical and transformational traditions, and is the founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of the Rohr Institute. He is the author of more than twenty books including: "Yes, And...: Daily Meditations; Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation; Eager to Love: the Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi."

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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"