• Immortal Diamond

  • The Search for Our True Self
  • By: Richard Rohr
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-07-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (316 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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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
By MJ on 07-08-13

One of Rohr's best

Based on some of the negative Audible reviews (the Amazon reviews were kinder and better informed, as per usual), I almost didn't purchase this book, but after listening to Father Rohr's previous book "Falling Upward" and being extremely impressed, I went ahead and downloaded "Immortal Diamond". I'm so glad I did, as this book is every bit as good (though different) and could possibly be Rohr's best work to date.

While not as focused as its predecessor, "Immortal Diamond" reads like the masterwork of a spiritual teacher at his peak. The main theme of the book is the nature of the true self, and here Rohr's message is nothing short of luminous. A secondary theme critiques (to devastating effect) the church for being, well, the church, i.e. promoting outwardly-focused, tribal "Churchianity" as opposed to substantive, transformational Christianity.

As another reviewer observed, this book is best read/understood in the context of some of Rohr's other writing, particularly his books on contemplation ("Everything Belongs" and "The Naked Now") or his two most recent titles, "Breathing Underwater" and "Falling Upward", both of which explore the process of inner transformation through Christian contemplative practice (the former from a 12 Step perspective and the latter based on Rohr's brilliant "two halves of life" developmental model).

A word about the narration: while Kevin Pierce has a commanding voice and speaks with passion (almost to the point that he sounds in places like he could be the author himself), I found his delivery a bit too forceful at times. I also got annoyed with his many mispronounced words and names -- he botches poor St. Irenaeus's name repeatedly, as well as terms like Taize (tay-zay) that anyone reading this sort of material should know or acquaint themselves with. (This is a common problem with a lot of non-author narration, I've noticed lately.)

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3 out of 5 stars
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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4 out of 5 stars
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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