Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved of all saints. Both traditional and entirely revolutionary, he was a paradox. He was at once down to earth and reaching toward heaven, grounded in the rich history of the Church while moving toward a new understanding of the world beyond.
Richard Rohr, himself a Franciscan friar, draws on Scripture, insights from psychology, and literary and artistic references, to weave together an understanding of the tradition as first practiced by St Francis. Rohr shows how his own innovative theology is firmly grounded in the life and teaching of this great saint and provides a perspective on how his alternative path to the divine can deepen and enrich our spiritual lives.
Richard Rohr OFM (born in 1943 in Kansas) is a Franciscan priest ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church in 1970. He is an internationally known inspirational speaker known for his recorded talks and numerous books. Rohr was the founder of the New Jerusalem Community in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1971 and the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1986 where he currently serves as Founding Director.Scripture as liberation, the integration of action and contemplation, community building, peace and social justice issues, male spirituality, the Enneagram and eco-spirituality are amongst the many themes that he addresses in his writing and preaching. He is best known for his writings on spirituality and his audio and video recordings. One of his most popular recordings is The NEW Great Themes of Scripture.Rohr is a contributing editor and writer for Sojourners Magazine and a contributor to Tikkun Magazine. He was one of several spiritual leaders featured in the 2006 documentary film ONE: The Movie.
Rohr is a wonderfully appealing writer, making past ideas and future hopes open to all. The language uses new concepts, but is everywhere present in an approachable and easy style.I mentioned the three appendices. These are also compelling if advanced ideas. These are very important, and not just tacked on. The appendix dealing with God as a person for instance will provide many people with fruitful thoughts, but may also change them.
- Peter Costello The Irish Catholic
Richard Rohr's books are always eagerly awaited. In this new hardback, Rohr, himself a Franciscan friar, looks closely at 'the alternative way' of St Francis of Assisi, one of the Christian church's most popular saints. All in all, this is an attractive package with a stunning cover.
- Together Magazine
Spirituality writer, Richard Rohr's books are always eagerly awaited. In this new hardback, Rohr, himself a Franciscan friar, looks closely at 'the alternative way' of St Francis of Assisi, one of the Christian church's most popular saints. All in all, this is an attractive package with a stunning cover.
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