• Immortal Diamond

  • The Search for Our True Self
  • By: Richard Rohr
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 01-07-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.4 (299 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dissolve the distractions of ego to find our authentic selves in God.
In his best-selling book Falling Upward, Richard Rohr talked about ego (or the False Self) and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity. But if there's a False Self, is there also a True Self? What is it? How is it found? Why does it matter? And what does it have to do with the spiritual journey? This book likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it. In a sense True Self must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and that process is not resuscitation but transformation.


Shows how to navigate spiritually difficult terrain with clear vision and tools to uncover our True Selves
Written by Father Richard Rohr, the best-selling author of Falling Upward
Examines the fundamental issues of who we are and helps us on our path of spiritual maturity
Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning in Richard Rohr's inimitable style.
©2013 Richard Rohr (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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By Jide's Mom on 03-15-13

An honest look at what we are told to think!

Oh wow! I love this book. If you are a "thinker" and like to look at traditional beliefs from a fresh perspective, this will enforce a lot of what you have thought in quiet times of reflection. As per his usual style, Richard Rohr says things may not please the instituitional relegious bodies of our century as he steps back to question what we are told to think.

He points out things like in certain centuries the focus was on different kinds of sins, such as the sin of usuary (loaning money at unethical interest rates), and how church - ianity forces group think and puts more importance on membership than on spiritual growth. He even quotes one religous authority who, when questioned about certain things, said he didn't have time to think about that, he was busy running a church! Clearly some ideas some people will want to squeltch before they catch on!

Some of his ideas in this book are down right revolutionary if people listen closley and take the time to really contemplate what he is really saying. It's not a casual "feel good" kind of read, but something to pay attention to that can really change your world-view.

I was surprised to see the negative reviews, and think much of those come from people who listen to Richard's books being used to his voice and his presenation style, and find hearing these ideas delivered by an emotionless professional narrator not to have the same impact. I felt the same way as first being disappointed that I didn't hear that familiar voice, but you'll get passed that if you really listen to what is being said.

Another great book by Richard Rohr. Thank God there are people like him who are not afraid to speak out and state what some may think are radical ideas. He not only points out that the emperor has no clothes, but backs it up by describing the various body parts that are in plain view if people would take the time to look closely enough.


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By Theodore on 01-11-13

Pigeonholed

For most people, the book is going to fall on one of two ends of the spectrum for people.... Either you are going to find the book truly uplifting, life changing and/or affirming or you are going to be unable to appreciate the book in any way, shape or form. A small subsection of people are probably going to be like me.... on the fence on this book.

Firstly know that this book is first and foremost completely and utterly of a SPIRITUAL/RELIGIOUS nature. I did not know this when I originally got the title and I can assure you probably wouldn't have gotten it if I had known. I seldom, if ever, venture into this particular type of books for a number of reasons. If you are into these types of books and specifically you are a Christian, this book will be absolutely perfect. The author, Richard Rohr, was able to draw on biblical verses as well own life experiences to bring across his point regarding finding one's 'True Self'. He goes into defining what he means by this and also what he means of 'False Self', as well. The entire book speaks highly of 'transformation' and speaks a lot of the 'soul', 'love' and 'God'.

The book has a number of ‘gems’; moments that made me really sit back and think. That being said there is a lot of 'God talk' which might just be where the book will lose a lot of people. And the God talk does increase as you proceed into the book, especially when you get to the Appendixes at the end of the book (you have at least 5 or 6 Appendix I believe). For those who are atheist, anti-Christianity or anti-religion in any way they will find this book completely annoying, uninspiring and the very narrator will seem irksome to them. Veer far from this title if you are in any of the previously mentioned categories, simply save your credit and your time.

The book was pretty short and to me flew by quickly (I literally spent just one day to listen the entire thing). I found some useful things in the book, some interesting sections that had me think a bit more. There were also sections that I found completely irrelevant and essentially common sense. I wasn't bowled over by the book, I did enjoy the narrator though, and he did a good job to keep me interested through the title.

This is simply one of those hit or miss books. It's very pigeonholed if you ask me. It was mostly miss for me, but the hits were good enough for me to not be too vicious while reviewing.

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By Patrick on 03-02-13

Immortal diamond but..

It may seem unfair to criticise the narrator at the expense of the book: 1) The book continues Richard's fascinating and encouraging exploration of the True Self/Soul or whatever we choose to call it, literally inspirational.

2) Unfortunately the medium is the massage and this reader mars the message; perhaps time constraints prevented Richard reading his own work? This reader mangles Julian of Nor-Wich, and his Theilard de Chardin defeats him, he was not up to the subtlety of the writing.

In the spirit of the book, I do not condemn him but know he tried his best (this is not meant sarcastically or insincerely)

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By Nimmi Hutnik on 04-29-15

KEVIN PIERCE A BAD VOICE FOR THIS BOOK

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

I cannot put down this book because its content is so profound. However, in my opinion the voice of Kevin Pierce is grossly mismatched to the content of the book. It seems to me that the reading of this book is merely a task to be done for PIERCE. There is no heart in this reading. There is a quality of 'rush' about it. There are no appropriate pauses or silences. The voice grates on my ears. I do not think i can state this strongly enough. I am sure Pierce's voice is suited to other say more racy titles but not to this book
My recommendation is that AUDIBLE re-record the audible version, with the voice of Richard Rohr himself. The content of this book is too important to let the reading of it hinder its message. Please do let me know if and when you do this.
Dr Nimmi Hutnik

How did the narrator detract from the book?

In my opinion the voice of Kevin Pierce is grossly mismatched to the content of the book. It seems to me that the reading of this book is merely a task to be done for PIERCE. There is no heart in this reading. There is a quality of 'rush' about it. There are no appropriate pauses or silences. The voice grates on my ears. I do not think I can state this strongly enough. I am sure Pierce's voice is suited to other say more racy titles but not to this book
My recommendation is that AUDIBLE re-record the audible version, with the voice of Richard Rohr himself. The content of this book is too important to let the reading of it hinder its message. Please do let me know if and when you do this.
Dr Nimmi Hutnik

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