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R. Rolheiser
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  • Paperback: 69 pages
  • Publisher: St Anthony Messenger Press,U.S. (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616366575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616366575
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple insight to the complex! 1 Oct 2013
By Jillym
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This book has me riveted. In true Rolheiser form he unwraps the complex and mystery so simply. A book worth reading and keeping to dip in and out of in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 27 Feb 2014
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An excellent read and reference book on prayer from a great writer. Highly recommended to those having difficulty with prayer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Showing up 17 Sep 2013
By Carol Blank - Published on Amazon.com
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Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, is an internationally known lecturer and writer. The author of a 2010 article on Rolheiser for National Catholic Reporter had this to say about him: "Few Catholic authors have that kind of cradle-to-grave appeal, across the widest possible spectrum of political and theological outlooks and life experiences."

His latest book, Prayer, Our Deepest Longing, bears out that observation. In the 32 reflections on prayer Rolheiser covers topics using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary culture ranging from Zorba the Greek to the cartoon Ziggy. Scripture references are sometimes familiar, sometimes enlightening, depending on the reader. For example, in writing about the Good Shepherd, Rolheiser explains that sheep were so attuned to their master's voice they would not follow even a very good imitator. He also explains the phrase "He descended into hell" from the Apostle's Creed in a way unfamiliar to me.

The material is organized into six chapters addressing prayer issues such as common struggles, hearing God's voice, and developing a mature prayer life.

Rolheiser's intention for this book is to provide "a healthy combination" of consolation and challenge to help readers overcome struggles with prayer "so that it no longer feels as though you are simply doing some drab duty, wasting precious time, talking to a wall, entertaining yet another daydream, or simply rehashing your heartaches and headaches."

The reflections may be read in any order, he writes, then echoes a non-negotiable rule from great spiritual masters: You have to show up for prayer and you have to show up regularly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly simple 11 Nov 2013
By Sheeba Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
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Every page of this book does justice to the title "prayer - our deepest longing".
My favorite part of the book was the chapter on practicing affective prayer..
"The simpler something is, the harder it is to wrap our minds around it".
I find this book very simple, yet profound.
I would highly recommend this to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be afraid to die 7 Nov 2013
By Patricia Andra - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book because I was given the book "Our One Great Act of Fidelity" by Ronald Rotheiser. I was really impressed with the depth that he conveys about the Eucharist. When I started to read, Prayer, Our Deepest Longing, I found some areas in the back of the book that matched my fears and I read this part to my spiritual director and she was so impressed that she asked if she could borrow the book till we meet for our next session. Her comment was "So many Catholics are afaid to die and there is no reason for that, we should be looking forward to our eternal reward". If this description fits where you are in your prayer life, this is a must read.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prayer; Our Deepest Longing 16 Dec 2013
By Kathy K - Published on Amazon.com
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Fr, Ronald Rolheiser has the gift of sharing his thoughts on the journey to fill our lives with God. I give the book and must read for a Christian searching to bring Christ into their lives. The book not complicated with words that need to be researched in the dictionary yet written with an educated voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cross the Threshold of Hope 27 Nov 2013
By Mark T. Patterson II - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not like other writings of the religious.

Our deepest longing is that place of peace, where we find meaning in a chaotic and distracting world. This work discusses kinds of prayer, finding value in each, and is refreshing in terms of the permission we are given to allow prayer to develop.

But more importantly Fr. Rolheiser somehow senses the bourgeois lifestyle is ultimately unfulfilling. Regularly in this work I look up and cry "He gets it!" meaning that has put into words the emotional wasteland I sense in the secular world; all of us in cars rushing to get to and from work to push papers or use up our lives with television or facebook, horrible experiences at shopping malls and the ugly of materialism. He seems to understand life is not about the next big purchase, and instead acts as sort of a guide providing way points for the soul.

This work is a down to earth look at heavenly searching. While the works of a mystic like John Paul II were inspiring, and those of Cardinal Ratzinger and later Benedict XVI were intellectually stimulating, this work reaches the soul, gives the American a reason to believe, as John Paul II's title allows us to be "Crossing the Threshold of Hope" .

I cant think of any reason to drop a star here. I can recommend this to anyone interested in an interior life.
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