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I really love Richard Rohr, and was happy to see a bunch of his books on Audible. Sadly, most of them are read by an atrocious narrator, so I've stayed away. However, when I saw that some of the titles here are not audio books but rather, audio teaching, I was excited to try one out. This one was fairly enjoyable, and Rohr's voice is pleasant to hear on 1.5x or 2.0 (otherwise, it's painfully slow on this one as he's reading a script, unlike the others that feature live teaching). But the content--inspired by Francis of Assisi's life and teaching--isn't by far as profound as Rohr's brilliant book Eager to Love. I'd highly recommend buying this book instead (but not the audio book due to said atrocious narrator who sucks the life out of the content) if you're interested in this topic. It's profound and even life-changing, whereas a lot of this content is forgettable.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
As a long time listener of Rohr audio (tapes dating back to 1976), I found the delivery in this sounded more "scripted" than his usual dynamic and enthusiastic spontaneous style. However, it condenses and updates his older audio "Spirituality of Subtraction" very nicely. This retreat is directed at a broader audience than his usual Christian, and that somehow broadens his presentation of Francis' radical critique of society even more.
Good to see a teacher like Rohr on Sounds True and Audible.
He is not a fad teacher and walks the talk (or the silence), and has been doing so for decades. His wisdom grows over the years and can benefit anyone interested in spirituality, no matter the variation.
32 of 34 people found this review helpful
This is an excellent audio book. I have listened to this so many times I have lost count. So many ideas spoken in a non judgemental way, by someone that is obviously 'walking the walk'. I listened to his orignal tapes, way back when (he says of himself he was pushy in them) and the journey he has himself been on is evident. He does not expect you to accept anything he says, he is merely putting ideas and his own observations on the spiritual life.
I, like many people have accumulated many bits and pieces to supposedly help me on my journey and have found that although some may have helped, there is a point where letting thngs go is definitely the way forward. The author uses St Francis of Assissi as an example but having a Christial faith is not necessary to get the most out of this audio book. Letting go is not just about letting go of things it's also about letting go of the idea we have to travel upwards, improve ourselves by acts of will (and many more things) If we are to truly improve ourselves (yes heres a paradox) we have to travel inwards, travel downwards and let go.
My summary is of course no where near as elegant or as well said as in the audio book, I only hope that I have explained it well enough so that I don't put you off buying it as I would recommend this book to anyone wo is sincerely walking their own spiritual path, no matter what tradition the most heavily draw from.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Richard is just so down to earth His gentle delivery and relaxed style encourage you to really listen to the message based on the teachings of St Francis
I'm on my third time through this book and the message just gets stronger each time A wonderful counter to an ever more manic world
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I can't begin to tell you how much I loved this book by Father Richard Rohr. I listened to it once then decided that I needed to listen to it again and write notes. I did that then decided to listen to it a third.....and a fourth time! There are so many hidden gems that I didn't want to miss one of them. I will probably listen to it again too. You can never have too much of a good thing in your life!
What did you like best about this story?
So many hidden gems.
What does Richard Rohr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
It is like listening to a wise but gentle teacher. His warmth is wrapped up in to the words of the story and his real life examples magnify it.
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Thankyou for sharing and teaching something that has been so needed For all of us in this beloved world