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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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This content is incredibly life giving.

Words cannot express how grateful I am to Richard Rohr for the way his work has changed my life.

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True Self False Self

I really appreciate Richard Rohr's words, humor, love for humanity and devotion to true connection to the Lord.

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A book for everyone especially Catholics

Fantastic. Gave me a lot to think about. Definitely helped understand myself and my problems.

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Theologically I see this as New Covenant insight.

Unity of the Spirit in Christ as One with the Father in Love, in union with the souls in the church/community, in His Presence is well presented. Listen for yourself, whilst allowing your heart to hear. Though I am not Catholic, nor is Rohr legalistically, I resonate with many metaphoric insights, in parallel to my Protestant theological expansion and prophetic vision primarily uniting Johannine insight to Pauline theology magnified by the indwelling Spirit advancing the affections of the Love of God, in the Kingdom City of God's New Jerusalem amidst others resonating in the same Love.

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Refreshing.

You don’t have to be religious to appreciate what this guy is saying. I got it on a whim and there were many parts that made sense. The book is so much better than a book trying to tell you “my religion is the right one”. It also gets into the intolerance that goes along with the ‘tribalism’ we seem to have so much of in our life these days. He also talked about freeing ourselves from our egos - well that would be the end result? It was lovely and quite spiritual but not overwhelmingly religious.

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WOW!

Thank you very much. with alm the hurt and the misunderstanding in this world right now, this was a very enlightening read/listen. thanks

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When you tire of the grind.

this book opens a door to find freedom. this book is not a way to fix the grind or to fix yourself. it is freedom from the grind.

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  • Philip
  • 2012-06-30

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.

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I highly reccomend this book.

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  • BRIAN
  • 2016-09-17

A CHALLENGING PILGRIMAGE

What made the experience of listening to True Self, False Self the most enjoyable?

Fr. Rohr is articulate and so widely read. He makes the Gospel personal and relevant while challenging the culturally based interpretation.

What other book might you compare True Self, False Self to and why?

I would consider this a good sequel to Rohr's Falling Upwards.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt a sense of joy in how the Gospel opened up through his lecture

Any additional comments?

He spent a good amount of time responding to people's questions.

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  • Josh D.
  • 2015-04-14

Absolutely remarkable

As usual, Richard Rohr is profound and enlightening. This is really a special piece. Not a book, but rather a recording from the lecture series, True Self, False Self. Worth listening to over and over again.

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  • Tony
  • 2015-03-30

Changed my life.

Richard cuts through the false self. His stories and self deprecating humor helps break it down. I felt as if I was at the conference.

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  • ANN
  • 2011-03-13

True Self-False Self

One of my favorites of Richar Rohr's to date. Great insight into understanding the ego and the false self. Very well explained.

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  • Steve Lee, Sr.
  • 2011-04-07

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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  • Crystal
  • 2015-04-13

Wonderful, highly recommend

I have listened to this audio presentation numerous times. It has been a great help to me in both good times and sorrowful times. It has many wonderful discussions and I highly recommend it. The audio quality is also excellent.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2011-12-19

More inspiration

This was an execellent lecture. My only issue is he refers to the hand outs and it would have been great to have these available. It would be 5 stars with the hand outs.

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  • Rodolfo
  • 2011-05-23

Enlightening

I like the treatment of the doctrine of in-dwelling, our participation in the divine life of God.

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  • Alan Crowley
  • 2017-01-17

Both a foundation and an extension of Rohr's theology

Not really a "book" so much as a series of recorded lectures, this text still holds together conceptually by Rohr's awareness of his audience's needs. In fact the advantage of hearing his voice is augmented by the pace and process as he "reads" his audience, and adjusts. This lends to a sense of authenticity, blending substantial preparation with a spontaneous "think aloud." Ultimately makes the "listening to a book" experience even better.

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