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Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

by Richard Rohr

 

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 that we all have to sin.

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is America's most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality, says Richard Rohr. He makes a case that the Twelve Steps relate well to Christian teaching and can rescue people who are drowning in addiction and may not even realize it. 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 exploration of Twelve Step spirituality, Rohr identifies the Christian principles in the Twelve Steps, connecting The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with the gospel. He draws on talks he has given for over twenty years to people in recovery and those who counsel and live with people with addictive behavior. Rohr offers encouragement for becoming interiorly alive and inspiration for making one s life manageable for dealing with the codependence and dysfunction (sin) rampant in our society.

Table of Contents:

Introduction -- Chapter 1. Powerlessness -- Chapter 2. Desperate Desiring -- Chapter 3. Sweet Surrender -- Chapter 4. A Good Lamp -- Chapter 5. Accountability Is Sustainability -- Chapter 6. The Chicken or the Egg: Which Comes First? -- Chapter 7. Why Do We Need To Ask? -- Chapter 8. Payback Time -- Chapter 9. Skillful Means -- Chapter 10. Is This Overkill? -- Chapter 11. An Alternative Mind -- Chapter 12. What Comes Around Must Go Around -- An Unexpected Postscript: Only a Suffering God Can Save -- Notes -- biblogarphy -- Study Guide

Bio:

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and thePerennial Tradition.He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of theCenter 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 inradical 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 theLiving School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's placewithin 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 cac.org for more information."
Binding: Paperback  147pp.
Pub Date: September 15, 2011
ISBN: 1616361573    EAN: 9781616361570