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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. Francis found an "alternative way" to follow Jesus, one that disregarded power and privilege and held fast to the narrow path of the Gospel.
Franciscan Father Richard Rohr helps us look beyond the birdbath image of the saint to remind us of the long tradition founded on Francis' revolutionary, radical, and life-changing embrace of the teachings of Jesus.
©2014 Richard Rohr (P)2014 Franciscan Media
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Critic Reviews

"Eager to Love illuminates the path of Francis of Assisi as a path of evolving life toward integral wholeness." (Ilia Delio, O.S.F., author of Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis)
"A gift to all Franciscan-hearted people everywhere!" (Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., author of The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering)
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By David on 10-18-14

Richard Rohr Should Read Richard Rohr

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Eager to Love was time well spent, although much of it seemed addressed largely to Franciscan Catholics. Nevertheless, I gained great appreciation for the pioneering life and ministry of Francis of Assisi.

What other book might you compare Eager to Love to and why?

True Self / False Self and Hidden Things or Falling Upward all express much of Richard Rohr's theology which shows moderate development and maturing thought as he ages. Many of the major themes supporting his contrast of Platonic dualism with Christ mysticism were obvious in earlier works such as Great Themes in Paul and Great Themes in Scripture.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Father Richard Rohr needs to narrate his own books. Father Quigley may be equally devout, but his narration is often flat and tedious, without the passion and inflection of Father Rohr's voice. I have listened to several Audible versions by both, and despite the time commitment required, I believe Father Rohr's own voice gives far more creedence and eloquence to his works.

Do you think Eager to Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, but since Father Rohr provides a steady stream of revenue for the publishers, I'm sure there will be many more. And I do hope he continues!

Any additional comments?

Father Rohr gets it! He understands the contemporary crisis of faith confronting Catholism and Protestantism, and he weaves a tapestry of challenging and believable alternatives to the drivel so often representative of today's innocuous and lukewarm church. Obviously he also applauds the bright light of hope streaming from Pope Francis who likewise takes his name from and calls the church to the life and ministry of Francis of Assisi.

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By Dave on 07-26-15

This one was an wonderfull surprise for me

I almost didn't get this book because of some preconceived ideas. Soooo glad I went with my heart and not my brain. If you would like some fresh ideas, excellent insight, unbiased answers and some honest fresh discussion on some very Old ideas... Give this one a go-round. Pay special attention at the end of the book to the appendixes, Ya...

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By Amazon Customer on 12-12-14

Very impressive!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I found this audiobook to be very insightful and enlightening. Fr Richard is a master at explaining the very complex very simply and in a style that is passionate and invigorating. I kept wanting to turn it off to go to sleep but the content and Fr Quigley's voice were mesmerizing. This is not a beginners book but for those who already have an understanding of Franciscan spirituality and for those it will certainly delight! Highly recommended!!

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By Paul hunting on 08-31-15

Eager to love

Listeners to this book should be aware that if you take notice, meditate and practise what the author tells us of St. Francis, it could seriously change your life.
It is sometimes necessary to re-wind and re-listen to parts of this book to fully understand some of the ideas put forward. I found that I had to do this but it was well worth the time spent in doing so. You on the other hand may be a lot brighter than me.
Please listen to this book if you are genuinely interested in Spirituality. It can do nothing except benefit you and hopefully bring you peace and some joy.

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By Trish on 05-02-15

Important Reading

As a great fan of Richard Rhor's writings this has to be one of his best particularly for this time in the history of Church. It provides us with the layers and interpretation to understand and better nurture a deep spirituality. St Francis gave it to us but Richard Rhor is immersing us in it.
I enjoy repeat listening.

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