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Publication Date: 3 Nov 2016
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 224
Author: Richard Rohr
ISBN-13: 9780281078158, 9780281078165, 9780281080823

The Divine Dance

The Trinity And Your Transformation
By Richard Rohr
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Summary
The Trinity is supposed to be the central, foundational doctrine of our entire Christian belief system, yet we're often told that we shouldn't attempt to understand it because it is a ‘mystery’. Should we presume to try to breach this mystery? If we could, how would it transform our relationship with God and renew our lives?

The word Trinity is not found in the New Testament—it wasn't until the third century that early Christian father Tertullian coined it—but the idea of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit was present in Jesus' life and teachings and from the very beginning of the Christian experience.

In the pages of this book, internationally recognized teacher Richard Rohr circles around this most paradoxical idea as he explores the nature of God—circling around being an apt metaphor for this mystery we're trying to apprehend. Early Christians who came to be known as the ‘Desert Mothers and Fathers’ applied the Greek verb perichoresis to the mystery of the Trinity. The best translation of this odd-sounding word is dancing. Our word choreography comes from the same root. Although these early Christians gave us some highly conceptualized thinking on the life of the Trinity, the best they could say, again and again, was, Whatever is going on in God is a flow—it's like a dance.

But God is not a dancer—He is the dance itself. That idea might sound novel, but it is about as traditional as you can get. God is the dance itself, and He invites you to be a part of that dance. Are you ready to join in?
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 Falling Upward and Immortal Diamond (SPCK, 2012 and 2013 respectively).
Press Reviews

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

The Divine Dance is not only Richard Rohr’s best book; it’s the best book on the Trinity I’ve ever read. Tender, human, both pastorally and psychologically brilliant, this is the work Rohr was born to do . . . An instant spiritual classic.

- Jonathan Martin, Author, How to Survive a Shipwreck

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, NadiaBolzWeber.com

The Divine Dance invites you into the heart of Christian mysticism: the lavish ever-expanding love of God. Richard Rohr and Mike Morrell show how the triune God is more than a philosophical concept—the Trinity is a joyous celebration of love and life, and we are all called to participate.

- Carl McColman, Author, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, CarlMcColman.net

A truly vital re-presentation of the fundamental truths that lie at the heart of the Christian gospel for a new age. Rohr and Morrell have written a soon-to-be classic that will re-enchant many with the beauty of the Christian tradition while causing us to expand and explore beyond the boundaries of rigid religiosity . . . a must-read for every Christian in the twenty-first century.

- Brandan Robertson, Author, Nomad: A Spirituality for Travelling Light

With the wisdom of C.S. Lewis and the accessibility of Rob Bell, Richard Rohr and Mike Morrell unpack our long-lingering questions about God, love, grace, and forgiveness, all through the lens of Trinitarian spirituality. This isn’t to say that this book answers every question. Like all good mystics, Rohr and Morrell circle our questions, reveling in the mystery of all that is. Join them. Stand with them “under the waterfall of God’s infinite mercy, and know that you are loved.”

- David James Poissant, L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist; author, The Heaven of Animals, davidjamespoissant.com

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

Richard Rohr has once again given us a remarkable book on a sub­ject that most Christians haven’t really thought about or prayed about, and yet we all agree is at the very heart of Christianity . . . [Richard's] heart is to reform Christianity from the bottom up by making clear the very shape of God, and in The Divine Dance he does just that . . the wisdom contained within these pages will enable us all to join in the dance of life!

- Francis MacNutt, Healing minister and author, The Healing Reawakening, christianhealingmin.org

More and more people are struggling with conventional understandings of God, like the big white guy on a throne with a long beard and a fistful of swords and lightning bolts by which you (or your enemies) might be smitten at any moment if you don’t think or act correctly. For many, the concept of Trinity simply triples their God-problems. But in The Divine Dance, Richard Rohr and Mike Morrell explore the Trinity as a pathway beyond problematic understandings of God. This beautifully-written book can do far more than change your troubled thoughts about God: it can change your way of thinking about God entirely.

- Brian D. McLaren, Activist, speaker, and author, We Make the Road by Walking, brianmclaren.net

This is Christianity, awake. In The Divine Dance, Fr. Rohr and Mike Morrell inspire the mind and open the heart by exploring how a more robust Trinitarian theology can enliven faith in a way that’s rooted not only in Christian tradition, but in wisdom, experience, and love.

- Michael Gungor, Musician and author, The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse, GungorMusic.com

An inspiring book whose richness is possibly best savoured when read intermittently, allowing it to become part of one’s own process of prayer.

- Reform Magazine, May issue

an imaginative, provocative, and energised invitation to be renewed in the Trinitarian faith

- Church Times

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