Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

Breathing Under Water Spirituality and the Twelve Steps 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 Ri

  • Title: Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps
  • Author: Richard Rohr
  • ISBN: 9781616361570
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 common but lessWe 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 common but less visible addiction that we all have to sin.

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    1. found myself quibbling a bit with his spirituality (from a Lutheran point of view), and I am tired of the "Do you worship Jesus or follow him?" dichotomy (to me, it's a both/and). But the 12th chapter, on the 12th step, was worth it all. from the "Big Book": "so our troubles are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves; and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-well run riot, though he or she does not think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness [...]

    2. This was less of an explanation of the Twelve Steps and more of a commentary on them. Good insights, as always, from Richard Rohr. I especially appreciated his point that all of us are addicted, especially to our own way of thinking. We all are powerless and in need of trusting a higher power. Easy to read and simple message.

    3. i'm finally getting around to typing up some of my notes from books i read in 2014 and i'm not sure how i wound up giving this book four stars instead of five. as always disclaimer: what follows may not be of interest if you're not in recovery and at least somewhat positively disposed toward mr christ. this is basically just a guy putting each of the classic twelve steps in a deep, smart, and soulful christian context, but not the fast-food version of christian context -- jesus is magic, we love [...]

    4. I thought this was an excellent book that I will reference over and over again. It forced me to think differently about certain things I spent my life time believing.

    5. Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the 12 Steps, a small and wonderful book by one of my most favorite priests, Father Richard Rohr, is a reminder of, as a friend of mine says, "who we are and what we are"-beings founded in love who struggle to find that love which we are. Fr. Rohr looks at the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in the light of the Gospel and Catholic faith and find a deeply spiritual path.I was touched, refreshed, and challenged by this work. I started to list it on my "self [...]

    6. All students of the Twelve Steps know that God and spirituality are the foundation of a successful program of recovery . In this book, Fr. Rohr is making the valid case that many people in our society today are much like the unrecovered addict ( sans the drugs ) in their emotional and spiritual makeup. He makes the further point that many adherents of the Christian church ( I believe he is singling out Catholicism ) have not addressed their spiritual issues and emotional makeup with anything app [...]

    7. Sometimes in pursuing true spirituality, we need to go back to the basics. This book gives a lot of help by clarifying some of the basics and providing inspiration for areas where one is โ€œstuck.โ€ Itโ€™s an extremely helpful book for addictions of the mind, for the healing of recurring unhealthy thought patterns and habits.The 10th step of continuing to take personal inventory and admitting promptly when one is wrong can be powerful for anyone, but perhaps of particular help to those sufferin [...]

    8. This is a great book to grab when you find yourself in the grips of any sort of desire, addiction, or affliction, be it in the form of substance, compulsive behavior, or addictive thoughts. Those who, however, are still offended or wounded by dualistic religious or biblical experiences, will likely be turned off and stop after the first chapter (or page - each chapter begins with several quotes from scripture that correspond to the step the chapter is about). Those who choose to open themselves [...]

    9. One step at a time.A few weeks ago I visited a man who has been following the 12 step program for over 20 years. On one of my visits I asked if we could go through the steps together and he picked up his book and began to read the steps one by one, flipping over the pages so fast that I didn't have a chance to dialogue with him. He read them, put the book down and that was it. This is a very depressed individual and full of guilt and shame, I was hoping to bring about a more shameless and guiltl [...]

    10. In his usual easily accessible style, Richard Rohr provides a study of the underlying spiritual dimension of the Twelve Step program used by organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and other similar groups.The beauty of Rohr's exploration is that his exposition of the spiritual side of the Twelve Steps has much to offer those who wouldn't normally be exposed to the Twelve Steps, those who simply seek to live out their Christian journey with some degree of integrity.For anyone who fits that ca [...]

    11. I like Richard Rohr, but he often makes me roll my eyes, sometimes straying what I feel is too far off the range in search of "authentic" spirituality. But not here. Following the time-tested methodology of AA's 12-step program, Fr. Rohr ties each to spiritual wellness, making concrete his metaphor (or maybe even a simile) of sin as an addiction, an addiction to anything. He portrays sin as being too attached to something, even a good thing, like food or prayer.

    12. I enjoyed reading this book about Spirituality and the Twelve Steps. The author raised some very good points in the book about how to apply these 12 steps to our own lives in order to deepen our spirituality. I would not have chosen to read this book on my own so I'm glad that it was part of my spirituality class assignments. It was very enlightening and I do see where some of the steps would be helpful or even practical if applied in our lives.

    13. Rohr feels in the history of Christian spirituality that 12-step spirituality is America's great contribution to the movement forward of our faith. A regular attender of AlAnon meetings, I would have to agree. This is a great book that reviews the 12-steps and how they helpfully breakdown and allow anyone to regularly practice a profound spirituality with Christ at the center. A nice introduction to Richard Rohr's writing and teaching style.

    14. This was an amazing book - a great way to look at Christian spirituality and the 12 steps. It's an amazing paradigm shift from how we look at our spiritual lives today. The way Rohr delves into the 12 steps leaves the reader with a lasting impression. I borrowed this book from a priest friend on Kindle - but I think I'm going to have to purchase a physical copy for myself to re-read it. Highly recommended.

    15. Fr. Rohr has a gift for expressing profound spiritual truths in ways that are both powerful and easy to relate to. Breathing Under Water draws connections between the non-demonminational spirituallity of Twelve Step Programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and the heart of Gospel living. This book shows the universal relevence of the twelve step principles for anyone seeking to grow spiritually.

    16. This says it is audio cassette but I read a soft cover version and loved it. I think Richard Rohr is my current favorite author. This is a wonderful book about how 12 step spirituality connects with Christianity. It is religion without dogma. He calls himself a radical traditionalist and I relate to the way he speaks.

    17. is is quite possibly the most important/impactful/transformative book I've ever read. There were times when I nearly threw the book across the room, because I was so freaked out and so overwhelmed by the Grace that was being presented. A few weeks ago I would've thought that was hyperbole- it sounds ridiculous, I knowbut that's how it was.That being said, I'm not sure if this is for everyone. My extreme reaction to the book kind of makes me feel like it was just super, super, super relevant to a [...]

    18. I hardly know what to say about this book. It was exactly what I needed when I needed it. Richard Rohr has such a perceptive and clear view of the human experience and how God wants to breathe new life into us. It is breathtaking. In this volume Rohr looks at the twelve steps through the lens of Jesusโ€™ teachings. He provides critique of the Church is its varied manifestations and also shows how we can grow and heal as a community and individually. I highly recommend this book and I cannot wait [...]

    19. I've now read this 3x and it continues to floor me. Rohr also offers an online 3 month class which I'm currently doing with a group of friends. He is unmatched as a theologian and continues to shine a light on all the dark crevices--slowly revealing it was all apart of our reconciliation. A must read for those who wrestle with surrender.

    20. This has been my reading before meditation for about the past month. I appreciate Rohr's no nonsense style where spirituality is concerned. Addiction is a problem for many of us--whether it is with alcohol, drugs, food, or even with our own ego. I liked the way this priest was able to pull the lessons from the core alcohol recovery program to guide us all towards a closer relationship with God.

    21. This book says it allFor and to this alcoholic who has suffered so. I have learned that I have had to die to live and that God thru grace and mercy has brought about this transformation. This is just a marvelous marvelous book from a man who is very close to the Divine

    22. An amazing read. So enlightening, powerful, and thought provoking. A book that every person could use to effect change in their life on a most profound level. Not just for people in twelve step programs, but a program for everyone!

    23. Great companion to the Big Book of AAI enjoyed this book after working the 12 steps provided Catholic perspective to my spiritual experience in recovery I have read a number of Richard's books and find them to be very helpful

    24. Set in the context of Christian spirituality, the Twelve Steps is a process of repentance. Rohr's book is an excellent, winsome, and practical introduction to the Twelve Steps in Christian perspective.

    25. Richard Rohr is my hero. I loved this book. It was gritty, honest, compassionate, realistic, and accessible. It shed light in the dark places without being at all shaming or condemning.

    26. Fantastic Author Awesome. Loved every word. Richard Rohr is brilliant. A must read for all who are interested in spirituality. Highly recommend.

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