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Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer

by Richard Rohr (Author)

Everything Belongs Description:


This popular and bestselling book of the renowned Franciscan challenges people to move beyond the comfort of a settled life toward an understanding of themselves that is rooted in their connection to God. Only when they rest in God can they find the certainty and the freedom to become all that they can be. Contemplation has its place at the heart of Christianity, a place that allows people to experience how “everything belongs.”

Everything Belongs Details:

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company; Revised and updated edition edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824519957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824519957
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches

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Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the

Two Halves of Life

by Richard Rohr (Author)

Falling Upward Description:


In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up." Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as "falling upward." In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness.
  • Explains why the second half of life can and should be full of spiritual richness
  • Offers a new view of how spiritual growth happens?loss is gain
  • Richard. Rohr is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines

This important book explores the counterintuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right--a fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life.

Falling Upward Details:

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470907754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470907757
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 7.3 inches

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The Naked Now: Learning To See As the Mystics See

by Richard Rohr (Author)

The Naked Now Description:


For Christians seeking a way of thinking outside of strict dualities, this guide explores methods for letting go of division and living in the present. Drawn from the Gospels, Jesus, Paul, and the great Christian contemplatives, this examination reveals how many of the hidden truths of Christianity have been misunderstood or lost and how to read them with the eyes of the mystics rather than interpreting them through rational thought. Filled with sayings, stories, quotations, and appeals to the heart, specific methods for identifying dualistic thinking are presented with simple practices for stripping away ego and the fear of dwelling in the present.

The Naked Now Details:

  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company; 1st edition (September 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824525434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824525439
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches

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Adam's Return: The Five Promises of

Male Initiation

by Richard Rohr (Author)

Adam's Return Description:


Based on decades of work, travel, and experience, Rohr, a Franciscan brother and best-selling author, unearths the complexities of male spiritual maturation and helps us to understand the importance of male initiation rights in both culture and the church.

Adam's Return Details:

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082452280X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824522803
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches

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The New Being

by Paul Tillich (Author), Mary Ann Stenger (Introduction)

The New Being Description:


These twenty-three meditations on key passages from the Bible were originally delivered as addresses at colleges and universities. They are short, powerful, and persuasive examinations of the effect of God’s love on the life of the believer and the challenges of living the New Creation—“the infinite passion of every human being.” Tillich scholar Mary Ann Stenger provides a new introduction for this edition.

The New Being Details:

  • Paperback: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803294581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803294585
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches

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The Courage to Be

by Paul Tillich (Author)

The Courage to Be Description:


Paul Tillich describes the dilemma of modern man and points a way to the conquest of the problem of anxiety. This editions includes a new introduction reflecting on the impact of the book since it was written.

The Courage to Be Details:

  • Series: The Terry Lectures Series
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 2 Sub edition (July 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300084714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300084719
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches

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Dynamics of Faith (Perennial Classics)

by Paul Tillich (Author)

Dynamics of Faith Description:


One of the greatest books ever written on the subject, Dynamics of Faith is a primer in the philosophy of religion. Paul Tillich, a leading theologian of the twentieth century, explores the idea of faith in all its dimensions, while defining the concept in the process.

This graceful and accessible volume contains a new introduction by Marion Pauck, Tillich's biographer.

Dynamics of Faith Details:

  • Series: Perennial Classics
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060937130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060937133
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches

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The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

by Henri J. M. Nouwen (Author)         

The Return of the Prodigal Son Description:


A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.

In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandt's depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable: the younger son's return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's vengefulness, and the father's compassion. In his reflection on Rembrandt in light of his own life journey, the author evokes a powerful drama of the parable in a rich, capativating way that is sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers. The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The challenge to love as the father and be loved as the son will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians throughout time, and here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our times.

For all who ask, "Where has my struggle led me?" or for those "on the road" who have had the courage to embark on the journey but seek the illumination of a known way and safe passage, this work will inspire and guide each time it is read.

"The Return of the Prodigal Son is a beautiful book, as beautiful in the simple clarity of its wisdom as in the terrible beauty of the transformation to which it calls us." --New Oxford Review

Dynamics of Faith Details:

  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Image Books / Doubleday Publishing Group; Reissue edition (March 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385473079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385473071
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches

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The Essence of Christianity (Great Books in Philosophy)

by Ludwig Feuerback (Author)         

The Essence of Christianity Description:


In this, one of the most influential works of the post-Hegelian era, Feuerbach captures the synthesis that emerges from the dialectical process of a transcending Godhead and the rational and material world.

In understanding the true nature of what it means to be fully human, Feuerbach contends that we come face to face with the essence of Christian theology: human beings investing ordinary concepts with divine meaning and significance. The true danger to humanity occurs when theology is given the force of dogma and doctrine. Losing sight of its anthropological underpinnings and dependence upon or emergence from human nature, it then acquires an existence separate from that of humankind.

Feuerbach leaves nothing untouched: miracles, the Trinity, Creation, prayer, resurrection, immortality, faith and much more.

The Essence of Christianity Details:

  • Series: Great Books in Philosophy
  • Paperback: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (October 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879755598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879755591
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches

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