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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.
©2003 Center for Action and Contemplation (P)2003 St. Anthony Messenger Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve Lee, Sr. on 04-07-11

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Philip on 06-30-12

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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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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By Mrs on 11-22-12

True Self, False Self

This is a truly beautiful audio book. Love Richard Rohr's explanation of the true self (and the false self) and how we can transcend the false self through our experiences of life, getting us back in touch with our authentic being :) Couldn't recommend this audio more. I have recently converted from Catholism to Buddhism, but feel that his words have so much to offer to people of all faiths. It is wonderfully insightful, discussing the biology of transcendence, how we are 'wired' to find something greater than the 'little I'. I have listened to it so many times and got my husband listening with me I was so moved by his words which are delivered with humour and simplicity. They should make this audio a part of schools' religious education....it is so, so powerfully transformative!

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Samantha Redgrave on 12-20-17

Transformational

Really amazing. Changed my life. The true and false self really spoke to me. Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 07-10-17

outstanding

life-changing ideas and practices. wisdom for our time. Rohr is clear and wise, even when he characteriistically deviates from a theme.

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