True Self, False Self

  • by Richard Rohr
  • Narrated by Richard Rohr
  • 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original recording Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Franciscan priest Richard Rohr feels that there is no more challenging spiritual issue than the “problem of the self". Most of contemporary spiritual teaching, he believes, is still trying to inspire and fortify the private self, the autonomous "I". Even much church work is trying to evangelize and sacramentalize what many would call "the false self". Basic transformation is not expected, but merely a new set of beliefs and practices or loyal membership in a new group. This only confirms the disguise of the ego, but does not truly offer a "new creation". Both the individual and society remain largely unchanged.
Rohr suggests that until the false assumptions of Western individualism are clearly faced and experienced by religious believers (and they are the only ones fully prepared to face it), there will be no real breakthroughs for Christianity or any religion.
He makes reference to the work of Ken Wilber, Thomas Merton, Eckhart Tolle, the mystical tradition especially of Julian of Norwich, and the new paradigms offered by quantum physics. In a presentation that embraces the challenge, inspiration, and the genuine hope that is offered by the Gospel of Jesus, Rohr illustrates the implications of transformation both for individuals and for society at large.

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Customer Reviews

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Eye-opening, beneficial

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this teaching conference. If you have an interest in understanding the way of true spirituality, this will be a great help to you. I could not be happier with the material provided and I look forward to listening to more of Father Rohr's books and teachings.
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- Steve Lee, Sr.

Lead me to a spiritual breakthrough

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

This book is a good choice for anyone who feels stuck in their spiritual journey.


What was one of the most memorable moments of True Self, False Self?

Richard's desciptions of the ways we in which we have encounters with the Christ.


What about Richard Rohr’s performance did you like?

Richard explains how we got to where we are and how we can experience a fresh encounter with the Divine within and in all things.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The articulation of real life descriptions we all encounter with the true and false self. Each one of us must undergo a transormation of encounters which can lead us to true liberation and freedom for the Divine.


Any additional comments?

I highly reccomend this book.

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- Philip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2010
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press