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Publication Date: 21 Feb 2013
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 288
Author: Richard Rohr
ISBN-13: 9780281070176, 9780281070183

Immortal Diamond

The Search For Our True Self
By Richard Rohr
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Summary
Explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality and meaning

In Falling Upward (and many of his other teachings), Richard Rohr talks at length about the False Self and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity, especially if its preoccupations continue into the second half of life.

Here he focuses on the True Self, which he likens to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, needing to 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.

‘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
About the Author
FR RICHARD ROHR is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1986, where he presently serves as Founding Director. An internationally known speaker, he teaches on such themes as adult Christian spirituality, men’s spirituality, and politics and spirituality, and has published many books, including Just This, The Divine Dance, Immortal Diamond and Falling Upward (SPCK, 2018, 2016, 2013 and 2012 respectively).
Press Reviews

The power of Immortal Diamond is impossible to exaggerate. With the cutting skills of a surgeon and the heart of a Franciscan, Richard exposes the misperceptions and counterfeits that have shaped our faith. He then promises and delivers a “staggering change of perspective” along with a taste of the intimacy of all love, both human and divine. Every word is a rare gift from a true elder and a worthy guide.

- Paula D'Arcy, author, Gift of the Red Bird and Waking Up to This Day

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 to say it. Profound, intelligent, wise, and passionate, this book continues Richard's great work in showing us what vibrant, Jesus-centered faith looks like . . .

- Rob Bell, pastor; author of Love Wins and Velvet Elvis

This book is the ripe fruit of a life courageously and honestly lived. Such profound wisdom conveyed with such elegant simplicity!

- Cynthia Bourgeault, author, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, and The Wisdom Jesus

How well do we know ourselves? So many roles and identities shape individual lives that it's easy to be confused about what is authentically "us." Rohr leads a narrative excursion to the "True Self," the core of character that lies like a diamond buried within. Writing for secular seekers, the author claims that individuals need to allow the false self to fall away in order to get in touch with the true self, allowing it to breathe and flourish. Grasping onto the superficial identities of the false self, such as job, class, race, or accomplishments, can keep people from being the loving and generous conduits of the Divine that they are meant to be. God is always communicating with humans, but those who cling to ego and social position can’t hear these divine messages. The author makes clear that it is not easy to shed this falseness for truth in the inner life, but it is a spiritual path well worth the effort.

- Publishers Weekly

[On THE DIVINE DANCE]: Finding the sweet spot where contemporary science meets ancient mysticism, and theology meets poetry, The Divine Dance sketches a beautiful choreography for a life well-lived. In our joy or our pain, true life is always relational, a flow, a dance. (And was always meant to be.)

- Bono, U2

Rohr and Morrell have given us a liberating and yet totally orthodox invitation into the life of God. This book is a celebration of the Trinity, not as bad math (1+1+1=3), and not as baffling mystery to avoid, but as the divine movement of love. The Divine Dance is an example of why Rohr has had such a profound influence on so many Christians seeking to balance reason and mystery, action and contemplation, not to mention faith and real life.

- Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastor, House for All Sinners and Saints, Author, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

Richard Rohr is one of the great spiritual masters of our time, indeed of any time. His superb new book on the Trinity is vintage Rohr: clearheaded, provocative, inspiring, challenging, and, most of all, suffused with the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Trinity will of course always remain a profound mystery, but after reading Father Rohr’s book, you will experience it as a mystery that can, and will, transform your life.

- James Martin, SJ, Author, Jesus: A Pilgrimage and Seven Last Words

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