Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps  -     By: Richard Rohr
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Franciscan Media / 2011 / Compact disc

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Find helpful ways to incorporate Twelve Step spirituality into your life - whatever your addiction or affliction. Only people who have suffered in some way can save one another. Deep communion and deep compassion is formed much more by shared pain than by shared pleasure. This, says Richard Rohr, is one of the great discoveries of the Twelve Step Program, America's most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality. To survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction, Christians must learn "to breathe under water" and discover God's love and compassion.

In this prophetic exploration of Twelve Step spirituality, Rohr identifies the core Christian principles in the Twelve Steps, connecting them to the gospels. He draws on talks he has given for over twenty years to alcoholics and others in recovery and those who counsel and live with people with addictive behavior. Read by John Quigley, O.F.M.; 4 compact discs/4.5 hours (approx.)

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Format: Compact disc
Vendor: Franciscan Media
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 5.27 X 6.27 (inches)
ISBN: 1616361212
ISBN-13: 9781616361211

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We are all addicted in some way.

When we learn to identify our addiction, embrace our brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. In Breathing Under Water, Richard Rohr shows how the gospel principles in the Twelve Steps can free anyone from any addiction—from an obvious dependence on alcohol or drugs to the more common but less visible addiction we all have to sin.

Author Bio

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and lived kenosis (self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings. Visit for more information.

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 Richard Rohr, O.F.M. once again has put into words the wisdom from his lectures on the Twelve Steps&hellip;.<i>Breathing Under Water</i> is a must-read for any person who recognizes the need to go "inward" on their soul’s journey to question what their relationship is with God, themselves, and others. The author guides us on a journey that begins with a powerlessness or being shipwrecked on a deserted island. It is God’s greatest surprise and constant disguise. We always want to be the manager of our lives. But God makes sure that several things will come our way that we cannot manage on our own. We learn from this experience that all mature spirituality is about letting go.<br><br>In those moments of desperate desiring, we come to believe a power greater than ourselves leads us on our journey, which becomes a trust walk. This is a time of gradually letting go and handing over so that we can be open to God’s healing touch. This touch penetrates different levels of trust and creates right relationships with people we love and whose presence is part of our lives. The tenacity of faith and hope comes from the heart to be broken, and broken open, to have a heart open for others.&hellip;.<br><br>What <i>Breathing Under Water</i> comes to be is an understanding that those people who have undergone suffering and pain come up to be a compassionate people, loved by God, to be there for others experiencing a similar challenge in life. Rohr summarizes that a graced moment from God is when the suffering people can love and trust a suffering God, and through this deep transformation, will save and be there for one another.&—Paula J. Scraba, PhD., <i>The Cord</i>


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