Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self Paperback – 21 Feb 2013
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'For a growing number of us, reading Richard Rohr is like sitting around the tribal fire, listening to the village elder give words to that which we've always known to be true, we just didn't know how.' --Rob Bell, pastor and author of Love Wins
From the Inside Flap
"I promise you that the discovery of your True Self will feel like a thousand pounds of weight have fallen from your back. You will no longer have to build, protect, or promote any idealized self image. Living in the True Self is quite simply a much happier existence ..."
From Chapter One
In his bestselling book Falling Upward (and in many of his other teachings), Franciscan priest Father Richard Rohr talked at length about ego (part of the False Self) and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity, especially if its preoccupations continue into the second half of life.
But if there′s a False Self, is there also a True Self? What is it? How is it found? Why does it matter? And what does it have to do with the spiritual journey?
In Immortal Diamond, Father Rohr likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, and separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it. In a sense True Self must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and that process is not resuscitation but transformation.
Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning. In Richard Rohr′s inimitable style, the book brings to light the mysteries of grace, death, and resurrection.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I found I read it in sections, taking time to write about what had struck me in my journal. There were so many resonances and insights that I recommended the book to friends who also loved it. I think it probably has resonances for people in the second half of life when the old black and white certainties no longer satisfy. Rohr talks about the importance of being able to tolerate dualities and conflicts, without needing to explain them or entirely resolve or understand them. His God is one of utter grace and love who relates to us through our fallibility and the mistakes we make, not in spite of them.
I am looking forward to reading his book about the second half of life next.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I would have liked some more practical guidance on how to move from the false to the true self.
Unfortunately the first half of this ebook is riddled with typographical errors which, though not distracting from the message, nevertheless makes reading difficult sometimes. When an ebook is priced at this level I think we should expect a better standard of production.
Finding ourselves and what makes us "tick" might be karma or having a peaceful soul. Knowing one's self is the one thing that most of us don't know. Looking inside ourselves for the "Answers", realizing what we understand about ourselves and what matters and what doesn't, is in here.
Open your mind to an alternative perspective and sit and reflect on what has been said. It has opened my eyes to some real truths in my own life about me. I can see why my Padre wanted me to read this great book. Love does conquer all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dissolve the distractions of ego to find your authentic self. This book likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
This is a book to be read slowly as every chapter is a gift and thought provoking .Published 2 months ago by mrs. marie todd
Essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper meaning for life, brilliant and thoroughly ecumenical.Published 6 months ago by oisingray
Searching perspective on living out of a persona or false self which he advocates as an issue to be aware of and seek to address as we grow older and wiser.Published 7 months ago by Rev. Mj Winbolt-lewis