on 17 October 2007
One look at the cover of this book may convince you that it wants to take you on an away-with-the-fairies journey into New Age mysticism. Nothing could be further from the truth.
This book confronts our self obsessed society head on. American Catholic priest Richard Rhor is the opposite of some well heeled New Age guru massaging our egos in order to get hold of our money.
Just look at some of the chapter headings -
Life is hard
You are not important
Your life is not about you
You are not in control
You are going to die
The author strips away our self centred delusions one by one, to place us in a place of real poverty, of real emptiness, of real openness to God.
Conservative Christians may be disturbed by Richard Rhor's positive view of other religions, but please don't be put off reading this book.
Eventually the positive message of the book is reached, but only after the necessary work of putting our illusions to death. As Jesus said `unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies it bears much fruit'.
Richard Rhor takes us through the necessary steps to real fruitfulness in life.
One last comment: this book is relevant to all of us caught up in the modern world, not just the men.
on 31 July 2014
This book should be a must for all males. When you understand and sense the book’s message it is life changing. With great insight and wisdom Richard Rohr speaks to the man’s soul. He encourages him to find the man he was born to be and to set him free. Free to live the life he is predestined to live and equipped to meet its challenges and responsibilities for the benefit of all those that are dependent upon him and for himself. Rohr is inspired by the male initiating rituals, that was earlier an essential part of upbringing boys in almost all cultures but is lost in the modern western culture. Reminiscences of it can still be found in some of the original cultures in Africa (the Masais), Australia (the Aboriginals) and in some of the Eastern religions and in the nature based rites in the Indian cultures in America. This is however not an anthropological study. Rather a spiritual one, that speaks directly to the man’s soul. The caring guidance from fathers and older males is lost for a great number of modern men. Many have no fathers or troublesome relations to the ones they have. They feel the wound as an inner insecurity and tries to cover it up with macho masculinity. Bu this is no solid foundation for a healthy life and healthy relation to spouse and own children. Richard Rohr’s book encourages you to find your inner man and let him be called out to a more intense and real life.