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Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer

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This popular and bestselling book of the renowned Franciscan challenges people to move beyond the comfort of a settled life toward an understanding of themselves that is rooted in their connection to God. Only when they rest in God can they find the certainty and the freedom to become all that they can be. Contemplation has its place at the heart of Christianity, a place ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by The Crossroad Publishing Company (first published March 1st 1999)
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Mar 09, 2013 Sharen rated it really liked it
I am re-reading Everything Belongs.
This segment seemed especially significant:
Everything Belongs - Richard Rohr - Pg 132

We are much larger than the good or bad stories
we tell about ourselves.
Please don't get caught in just "my" story,
my hurts,
my agenda.

It's too small.
it's not the whole You,
not the Great You.

It's not the great river.
It's not where life is really going to happen.

The Spirit is described as
"flowing water"
"a spring inside you"
"a river of life.

your life is not a
Oct 01, 2007 Adam rated it it was amazing
I need to read and re-read this again and again.
Challenging, deep, beautifully written, and wise enough that you can return to it often and take away amazing kernels of goodness every time. This book was my introduction to Rohr's work, and I'd recommend it instantly.
In essence, peace, contemplation, simplicity, and the reality of the love and goodness and grace of God in the person of Christ. Wonderful.
Justin Pitt
Jul 19, 2013 Justin Pitt rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book for spiritual seekers. Written from a Christian perspective, but with a healthy (and needed) dose of Eastern thought and approach (especially Buddhism). A desperately needed handbook for any postmodern, disaffected, materialistic Westerner trying to find the path to Enlightenment.
Craig Werner
Aug 09, 2011 Craig Werner rated it it was ok
Difficult book for me to respond to. I'm absolutely convinced Rohr and his Institute for Contemplation and Action (he says the key word is "and") is a positive force in the world. And there's little here I'd argue with. But the book has a self-help feel that grates on me at times even (maybe especially) when I'm in deep sympathy with his sense of how the contemplative tradition and prayer provide useful ways of getting beyond the simplistic and inadequate phrasings of our society. My problem may ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
An excellent "introductory" book by Rohr that I highly recommend. A perfect read for anybody who is disillusioned with the Catholic church and traditional teachings. He presents a unique, progressive interpretation of Christ's teachings that makes sense and is very hopeful and uplifting.
Jan 25, 2012 Audrey rated it it was amazing
In his book, “Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality,” Richard Rohr says that he writes not because he trusts strongly in his own ability to write, “but with a much stronger faith in the ‘Stable Witness’ within who will teach you everything (John 14:26) and whose law is already written on your hearts (Jeremiah 31:33). All that a spiritual teacher really does is ‘second the motions’ of the Holy Spirit.” He goes on to say that the best compliment he ever gets is when people tell him that he did ...more
Mar 17, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, faith
Everything Belongs may be the best faith based book I've ever read. Rohr's left me feeling encouraged in who I am, with insight into who God is and with desire to know Him better. The writing is easy to read, which is great because there is so much here that can be challenging - about how the need to let go of who we think we are, about how the gospel is about subtraction, not addition, about how prayer is a stance, not an action.

Here's what this book isn't: 1) a how to guide on prayer. It won't
Tee Minn
Jul 23, 2013 Tee Minn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was searching for a new way to pray, been through various forms. This book is going to bring me to a new space. It is fairly easy to read although the concepts are simple, but complex. That is the perfect expression for me as Richard Rohr addresses how God is all, uses all, and all is needed. I appreciated how the East
And West religions were intertwined, everything belongs. The book culminates with the chapter called Return to the Sacred. This helps me with my search for an answer to "are we
Joe Dwyer
Oct 17, 2012 Joe Dwyer rated it really liked it
Unpretentious and unassuming—I was very touched by how "fucking human" and empathetic this work was.

My musings thought out reading this piece lead me back to Camus, who claimed that there is one truly serious philosophical problem, the question of suicide. In the face of what Camus ultimately posits as the absurdity of mankind’s existence, he defends through his existential allegorization of an Ancient Greek myth, in his 1942 essay, “The Myth of Sisyphus” [Le Mythe de Sisyphe]. Ultimately, Camu
Feb 06, 2012 Cathee rated it it was amazing
This book came into my hands just at the moment I needed some of its messages - not only that "everything belongs" which means God uses everything that happens to us, He's in the midst of all of it, and the idea of "second causes" is quite questionable. That's the main theme of the book, but there is so much more to soak up. How detaching from consumerism, cultural imprints, etc. and coming to the place of powerlessness and surrender are what the Christian life is all about. A book I'll go back ...more
R.L. Calixto
Feb 28, 2008 R.L. Calixto rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all.
Recommended to R.L. by: A friend who is also a priest.
I am a huge Richard Rohr fan! If you are very into your Christian faith, his books will help you see life and faith in a simpler angle. I love his "Franciscan" idealism (he is a Franciscan priest) of "emptying" yourself. Through his books, which are mostly speeches or talks put into book forms, he unlocks the key to what living a "gospel" life is truly about!

Everything Belongs, next to Simplicity and The Gospel According to Luke, is probably his best!
Very easy read! Just to warn everyone, Fr. R
Aug 21, 2012 Jeff rated it it was amazing
A friend of mine had been recommending Richard Rohr to me for some time. I resisted. So now I'm telling you that I was (but no longer!) an idiot. This is one seriously good book. One of the best I've read on Christian spirituality. The subtitle is "The Gift of Contemplative Prayer" however Rohr's approach to prayer is almost certainly different than what comes to mind for most and thankfully so. I don't necessarily agree with everything but when is that ever the case and it's no reason not to go ...more
A little too much pop psychology for me, but I read it with a grain of salt. Someone I love dearly gave me this book, so I wanted to see what it had to say. I went through it slowly, because I wanted time to think. There were things I needed to hear and consider in my life right now, so I am grateful I read it. (Although I don't agree with everything he says.)
Joel Wentz
Oct 27, 2014 Joel Wentz rated it it was amazing
'Everything Belongs' is a book I plan to re-read over and over again. A poetic, beautifully-written reflection on spirituality, Rohr cuts to the core of contemplation and its role in the Christian life. As someone who struggles deeply with maintaining my image of the 'false self,' (which ultimately creates a barrier between myself and God) I found the words of this book extremely moving.
Matt Clara
Sep 30, 2014 Matt Clara rated it it was amazing
I'm not a religious man, but one doesn't have to be to get something from this book. I found it interesting, enlightening and somewhat mysterious. It left me wanting more. I felt it could have been a bit more of a "how to" book.
Nov 21, 2016 Elise rated it really liked it
I am so delighted to have been introduced to Rohr. Many of his thoughts deeply resonate with my soul and open me to rest in the truth that it is radically okay; perhaps everything does belong. The book itself took me a while to complete, however. He seems to roam with his words while saying the same thing.
Nov 30, 2016 Ike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were chapters and sections I loved. Other chapters and sections I wasn't so clear what he was addressing. Perhaps I need to contemplate on those sections more.
Kimberly Anstaett
Sep 29, 2016 Kimberly Anstaett rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of layers! I enjoyed reading it slowly at a pace that was more like eating something in little bites! A group of us will be discussing the book in October at a retreat and I am looking forward to hearing what parts or layers of the book stood out to them. I will probably reread this book at some point in time too. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a study on prayer that has them looking through a different lens.
Marge Jensen
Nov 24, 2016 Marge Jensen rated it it was amazing
Great book to read with others. Church women's group a chapter a week turned into a half chapter a week. With all the discussion...
Amos Smith
Sep 22, 2015 Amos Smith rated it it was amazing
This book is a tour de force! With casual broad strides Rohr points out the hollowness of secularism and points to the much needed spiritual depths we all thirst for, but few seem to find. If I were faced with the challenging task of naming my favorite Richard Rohr book I would name this one. I am amazed that it took me so long to read it. I read a bunch of his other work before digging in to Everything Belongs. The reason may have been the title. When I first saw the title it had the same ring ...more
Beth Peninger
Aug 08, 2016 Beth Peninger rated it it was amazing
Wow. Out of approximately 186 pages I highlighted about 183 pages - seriously! Not the whole page but something on the page...or at times the whole page. So clearly picking out one or two highlights isn't going to happen but the book starts out with this review by Catholic Library World, "The challenge of this book is simple, yet profound: Be aware. Be aware of God in all things." And indeed that is what Rohr presents to the reader. The subtitle of the book is 'The Gift of Contemplative Prayer' ...more
Feb 13, 2016 Nan rated it liked it
Lately I've been reading many spiritual / religious books. I've considered reading Richard Rohr before but always rejected his books. They just didn't appeal to me. When I saw this one, revised & updated edition, I paged through it and it decided to buy it. I felt that was a good decision as I really liked his explanation about images and parables, dealing with pain in your life, and big egos. I agree we will never achieve happiness focusing on wealth and material gain. However when I ...more
Daniel Stewart
Feb 22, 2016 Daniel Stewart rated it really liked it
I read Richard Rohr because I wanted to be challenged with fresh and unfamiliar perspectives. Those expectations were certainly met, as Rohr explained the transformative power of contemplation using the wisdom of other religions, philosophers, and a diverse spectrum of Christian thinkers. Rohr tends to meander quite a bit, which may not be appreciated by more concrete thinkers, but his homily-like writing style was appreciated on my end.

Did I agree with it all? By no means, no. But I cannot say
Feb 16, 2015 Eric rated it it was amazing
An exploration of religious thought that explains the people of the church. The author feels we have become too much of a big mind and have stopped using our small minds. The phenomenon of group think has and is happening in the church. We look at the church as a place where we have to be in the box thinker ng instead of out of the box serving. We think liberally that we can change it all for the better or conservatively that things have been okay for the past 100 years why change. This book ...more
Jul 20, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing
Sometimes authors and their books come into our lives at just the right time. I feel that way about Richard Rohr.
This book is rich and deep and yet so simple. Richard Rohr moves us to thinking that prayer is not only the words we speak but is also the way we love the world. it is the way we sit in fullness with God and with ourselves.
"We cannot attain the presence of God because we're already totally in the presence of God. What's absent is awareness." Meditating and praying just on this idea c
Nov 16, 2012 Russ rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one

A quote from page 97 was the gem that I found in this book.

That, by the way, was Francis's word as he lay dying. He said, "I have done what was mine to do; now you must do what is yours to do." We must find out what part of the mystery it is ours to reflect. That's the only true meaning of heroism as far as I can see. In this ego-comparison game, we have had centuries of Christians comparing themselves to the Mother Teresa's of each age, saying that she was the only name for holiness. Thank God
John Laliberte
Aug 10, 2011 John Laliberte rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thology
One of Rohr’s best works. For those who are interested in contemplative prayer, who want to begin to understand how to put the pieces together, Everything Belongs is essential. Rohr’s works are only a starting point. Like The Naked Now and his other works, he reveals and asks you to reflect, asks you taste and see, explains and gives insights to what you find as paradoxical and challenging, and shows you where the real work is. Like everything in life, we know it only comes from experiencing, ...more
Timothy Mcpherson
A Contemplative Challenge

Fr. Richard Rohr challenges us all to stop and reflect and to be in tune with the Divine. Too often in our world we are overly busy. We do not take the time to stop and reflect, or when we do, it's not for very long. Richard Rohr not only delves into why this is important, but shows how this is not only a mandate for Christians, but for all people, whatever their religion. He approaches contemplation from an ecumenical and an interfaith perspective.

Sometimes the hardest
Apr 17, 2016 David rated it it was amazing
pg. 30-31 - learning to see; getting rid of illusions.
pg. 43 - kingdom or sleepwalking; parables meant to rouse us awake.
pg. 50 - metanoia!
pg. 53 - liminoid experiences.
pg. 89 - ritual are good and probably needed.
pg. 107 - demonizing the other side.
pg. 126 - accountability systems in what you believe.
pg. 129 - "Morality is always inside a narrative, always inside a context. From that accepted starting place, he calls the soul forth."
pg. 136 - God's most mysterious disguise and religion.
pg. 155
Take the good

While I suspect there are some glaring and substantiative theological differences between myself and Fr Rohr, there's an alluring invitation into a wider experience of God through prayer. The text often breaks down into a political apologetic, and he makes certain apparently soteriological applications that I am not comfortable with, but overall I was challenged to pursue a greater awareness of God in this world at the expense of myself, as an invitation to John 3:30 incarnation. Ov
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Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of ...more
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