Thursday, April 12, 2012

52 Books in 52 Weeks - Book Fifteen: Breathing Under Water

Breathing Under Water by Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr is one of my favorite writers on spirituality and Catholicism. He basically manages to say all the things I’ve been thinking about the church-with-a-capital-C, but in a way that won’t get him excommunicated. He cuts through the dogma and manmade mandates and gets right to the heart of what Jesus had to say and what it really meant.

The main premise of this book is that we are all addicted in some way … whether to a substance, a practice, an obsession or ourselves. In fact, our entire society is an “addict.” Richard Rohr uses the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to show how we can get out of this mode of thinking through reliance on a power greater than ourselves.

This is the kind of book that can’t be read once and put aside. It ought to be studied, which is probably why there is a handy Study Guide at the end of it. I just may find one or two like-minded people to go through these exercises and see how the steps he introduces can be applied to everyday life.

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