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Wild Man's Journey: Reflections on Male Spirituality Paperback – 1 Sep 1996

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  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: St Anthony Messenger Press; New edition edition (1 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867162791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867162790
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Someone needs to oversee the first stage journey, and someone needs to assure them that it is only the first stage’ – that’s the theme of this book, which takes Robert Bly’s Iron John and attempts both to put it into a Christian context and to bring it into the ‘second half of life’. It sums up pretty accurately the cultural malaise afflicting our ageing but youth-obsessed culture, in which there are not even many models of what maturity is supposed to look like and middle-aged people seem to be under the impression that they should be the ones learning from the young (look at ‘Boomers’!). As a result the young get little guidance, and the older none at all. Traditionally, in India, when people had raised their families they went off to find a Saddhu sitting under a Bodhi tree and got down to figuring out what life was about. Who is there for us to turn to, when we reach that point in life? The Monty Python mantra, ‘you’ve all got to work it out for yourselves’, is the ultimate in Free Market logic: the privatisation of the soul.

It’s a challenging book, and parts of it make me feel I’ve been living my life all wrong. However I’m not convinced that these ‘initiation’ blueprints developed in tribal cultures can be applied straightforwardly to Christianity, nor conversely that Christian sacraments are an adequate expression of them. After all, when Rohr (and Martos – the book was produced by an odd co-authoring process) say ‘we’ve always done this’ – in the West, for at least 2000 years, we haven’t. The Church as we know it is largely the product of medieval civilisation, and its dynamics are as different from hunter-gatherer society as they are from consumer-driven modernity.
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In a politically correct form, yet sensitive to the utmost for today's beaten up males, Richard Rohr has a way of reaching the group most out of touch with their emotions and explains to them why they feel the way they do- often from a scriptual perspective. It made me feel good about being a man, and let me know that it's ok to be strong and sensitive at the same time.
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