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Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

Paperback(Second Edition, anniversary edition, revised and updated)

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Every one of us suffers from some sort of addiction. For some, it might be a television series, while others struggle with a crippling reliance on drugs or alcohol. The cycle of dependency always leaves you wanting more; you are never satisfied no matter how much you indulge. If you are ready to break the unfulfilling cycle and experience internal freedom, this insightful book offers an optimistic view and can support you on your journey.

"Brother Rohr may just take you to places you’ve both avoided and longed for, to truth, union, joy, laughter, and, greatest of all, to your own precious self, here on earth with us, child of God.”—Anne Lamott, from the foreword. 

To survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction, Christians must learn “to breathe under water” and discover God’s love and compassion. Globally recognized spirituality author Richard Rohr says we can only be healed and find true fulfillment by facing our dependencies head-on. Rohr connects the gospels to the core of the Christian faith in the Twelve Steps. This prophetic book guides you to disentangle from cultural cycles of sin and emptiness, discover how to get free from your personal toxic dependencies, learn how the Twelve Step program can supplement Christian teaching, find compassion for others and yourself, and enjoy a deeper spiritual life, feeling certain of God’s love for you. We cannot stop the addictive culture that surrounds us, but we can become free of it and build “a coral castle and learn to breathe under water.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632533807
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 09/21/2021
Edition description: Second Edition, anniversary edition, revised and updated
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 41,073
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher whose work is grounded in Christian mysticism, practices of contemplation and self-emptying, and compassion for the marginalized. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, where he also serves as academic dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Fr. Richard is the author of many books, most recently, The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 10Th Anniversary Edition xiii

Introduction xix

Chapter 1 Powerlessness 1

Chapter 2 Desperate Desiring 7

Chapter 3 Sweet Surrender 17

Chapter 4 A Good Lamp 27

Chapter 5 Accountability Is Sustainability 35

Chapter 6 The Chicken Or The Egg: Which Comes First? 47

Chapter 7 Why Do We Need To Ask? 55

Chapter 8 Payback Time 63

Chapter 9 Skillful Means 71

Chapter 10 Is This Overkill? 79

Chapter 11 An Alternative Mind 89

Chapter 12 What Comes Around Must Go Around 101

An Unexpected Postscript | Only A Suffering Goo Can Save 113

Study Guide 121

Notes 137

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