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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 t ...more
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Published March 1st 2003 by The Crossroad Publishing Company (first published March 1st 1999)
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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.
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
Justin Pitt
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
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
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.
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
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
Tee Minn
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
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
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
R.L. Calixto
Feb 28, 2008 R.L. Calixto rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Joel Wentz
'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.
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
Matt Clara
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.
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 ope ...more
Richard Rohr is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. He has a depth (and width) of his interpretation of life, and the life we long for, that is deeply admirable and can only be established by someone who has chosen solitude amongst chaos. His words encourage continued forgiveness, continued prayer, less self-righteousness, and more grace. That is packaged with deep conviction from someone who clearly has had much skin in the game, as he hungers for people to know God in a more raw sense ...more
Amos Smith
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
Janet Pittman
The premise of this book is a good one in that all in the world belongs to God as we pray in a contemplative state. I found it challenging though to track with where the author was heading and to glean the key messages he was trying to share. Perhaps it was because the Franciscan beliefs of the author are different than my beliefs? Looking forward to getting insights from my friend, Kathleen, in our upcoming discussion.
Matthew Palmer
Absolutely transformative, challenging, and experiential. Richard Rohr presents a way to enter into the life of God that is all around us if we are willing to truly see. He shows the reader the beauty of the cross, the dichotomy of life in which everything belongs, and gives a way to enter into all that is to be transformed, set free, and empowered to truly love. This book is an identity grounder and spiritual treasure trove. I cannot recommend this book enough.
I thought it was rich in terms of offering some psychological paradigms from which to gauge the self/soul but I thought it lacked understanding of divine narrative of ancient times. I think Rohr has a lot to offer in terms of contemplative prayer but I think he has a lot to learn in terms of respecting established prophets. A prophet is always subject to a prophet and building an age old practice on new insight just doesn't cut it, for me.
Nov 16, 2012 Russ rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Chris Hubbs
Gonna be chewing on this one for a while. I can understand both why people love Rohr so much and also why he gives people the heebie jeebies.
John Laliberte
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, do ...more
Took a year sabbatical from all else to study nonduality because of this read and very glad I did.
A wonderful book that brings together the best of both East and West and makes a unified whole within the worldview of the Christian faith. I highly recommend it. Some quotes: “True life comes only through death journeys.” “Letting go is the nature of all true spirituality and transformation.” “God needs some who are conformed to the pattern of his death and transformed into the power of his resurrection. They are not 'saved' as much as chosen, used, purified, and beloved by God.” I hate to put ...more
Jan 18, 2013 Beth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Seekers
Recommended to Beth by: Melaney
So Melaney is our go-to spiritual advisor and she gave us this book. I have read about half of it, but then keep having to go back because I don't feel I am really GETTING it.
I have it set aside for a while and am working on just letting the title work in me - everything belongs. Yet even as I write this my mind is screaming "But really? Sarah Palin belongs? Maybe in Alaska, but I don't want her around!"
And I realize that, as usual, what I need to learn finds me. And that I am kind of a butt h
Rohr has written a meandering essay about the most meaningful things in life and spirit. Gems of insight abound throughout. A second reading would get me underlining. Others have said what he says in a more logically orderly way, but over and over he strips off the protective skin and exposes the heart of love as the only thing worth doing in this life. A challenging and encouraging message written in a conversational tone. If it weren't for the lack of organization, it would earn 4 stars.
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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 contemplat ...more
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