Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self
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In this volume, Father Rohr likens our true identity to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, and separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it. In a sense our true selves must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and that process is not resuscitation but transformation.
Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality and meaning. In Richard Rohr's inimitable style, the book brings to light the mysteries of grace, death, and resurrection.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7.41 X 5.36 X 0.93 (inches)
ISBN: 1118303598
ISBN-13: 9781118303597

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Dissolve the distractions of ego to find our authentic selves inGod

In his bestselling book Falling Upward, Richard Rohrtalked about ego (or the False Self) and how it gets in the way ofspiritual maturity. But if there's a False Self, is there also aTrue Self? What is it? How is it found? Why does it matter? Andwhat does it have to do with the spiritual journey? This booklikens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed underthe intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for,uncovered, separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it.In a sense True Self must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and thatprocess is not resuscitation but transformation.

  • Shows how to navigate spiritually difficult terrain with clearvision and tools to uncover our True Selves
  • Written by Father Richard Rohr, the bestselling author ofFalling Upward
  • Examines the fundamental issues of who we are and helps us onour path of spiritual maturity

Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in aGerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions ofidentity, spirituality, and meaning in Richard Rohr's inimitablestyle.

Author Bio

Fr. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New MexicoProvince. He founded the Center for Action and Contemplation inAlbuquerque, New Mexico, in 1986, where he presently serves asfounding director. Richard is the author of more than twenty books,an internationally known speaker, and a regular contributing writerfor Sojourners and Tikkun magazines and the CAC'squarterly journal, Radical Grace. He is the author ofFalling Upward and Falling Upward: A CompanionJournal.

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How well do we know ourselves? So many roles and identitiesshape individual lives that it's easy to be confused about what isauthentically "us." Rohr, a Franciscan priest and founding directorof the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, N.Mex.,leads a narrative excursion to the "True Self," the core ofcharacter that lies like a diamond buried within. Writing forsecular seekers, the author claims that individuals need to allowthe false self to fall away in order to get in touch with the trueself, allowing it to breathe and flourish. Grasping onto thesuperficial identities of the false self, such as job, class, race,or accomplishments, can keep people from being the loving andgenerous conduits of the Divine that they are meant to be. God isalways communicating with humans, but those who cling to ego andsocial position can’t hear these divine messages. The authormakes clear that it is not easy to shed this falseness for truth inthe inner life, but it is a spiritual path well worth the effort.(Jan.) (Publishers Weekly, February 2013)

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