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Forgotten Among the Lilies: Learning to Love Beyond Our Fears

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The author of The Holy Longing explores the debilitating obsessions that often dominate our lives and offers down-to-earth guidance for learning to leave our fears, anxieties, and guilt “forgotten among the lilies.”“Rarely do we taste the food we eat or the coffee we drink. Instead we go through our days too preoccupied, too compulsive, and too dissatisfied to really be ab ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Image (first published 1991)
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A book with moments of brilliance and cutting edge at least for me and yet there were mediocre sections in the book. It often wavered over to the two star rating especially when discussing church politics or delved into subjects that I am not interested in. The redeeming factor is the fact that the author often referred to Thomas Merton, my favorite Christian author. The first part through to the middle was the best and the latter part lost my interest. Still a worthwhile read.
Jan 21, 2009 Alison rated it liked it
This was a gift to me from Brother Martin; an 82 year old Hispanic monk and WWII veteran whom I developed a crush on while on retreat at the Trappist Abbey of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk). At the beginning of my three days at the Abbey, Brother Martin loaned me a book and a tape; "The Spirituality of Imperfection", and "Br. Martin, Memories of the War in the Pacific". I lent him "War and the Soul". At the end of the three days, we met and traded back, and he gave me ...more
Jan 01, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
I finished this book a while ago but somehow forgot to note it here. I love this book so much. I wrote several long journal entries about all the things it made me ponder and consider and re-evaluate. Rolheiser is a much-needed quiet, contemplative voice in a hurried, brash world. And not contemplative in that kind of staged, yoga pants and mat sort of way, either. He isn't afraid to approach controversy and frightening questions. He makes you look at yourself and your flaws unflinchingly, and r ...more
This was, beyond a doubt, one of the most beautiful and healing books I have read in a very long time. I took my time with this book, reading it a few sections at a time and thinking about them, and I think the slow pace helped me to absorb more of what it said.

Perhaps the most thought-provoking section, in my opinion, is his series of essays on whole sexuality and its place in human life and interaction. He gives a beautiful defense of priestly celibacy -- from the perspective of someone who ha
Aug 08, 2011 Jeff rated it liked it
WOW. This book was amazing, and I definitely recommend it. It had long chapters, broken into small subchapters which made you think over the chapters quite a bit in different ways. The subtitle is, "learning to love beyond our fears," but in reality it's about receiving the love of God despite our fears, and in receiving that love, the unconditional love of God, and the radically gracious and merciful love of God, how that empowers us to live life free and enables us to give our lives more freel ...more
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Jun 24, 2012 John Osman rated it it was amazing
We used this book for a book club and it was a source of much discussion. A few of Rolheiser's reflections were extremely powerful and the source of transformation.

The book is a collection of essays from Rolheiser's column published in numerous Catholic periodicals and/or publications. They are just the right size for reflection - two or three pages. As a matter of fact, they are just the right size as a source for the different media form of the web. One could take the text and add images or au
Oct 12, 2009 Darren rated it liked it
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Never have I heard the erotic nature of man understood as a force that aids the spiritual life, but Rolheiser makes this lesson clear throughout.

"Christianity will have power when we have vital communities which can, concretely, offer an alternative to the second-best compensations that our world offers.

When the touch of human warmth, genuine community, is withheld, we will always have a lot of unbelievers and a lot of struggling believers."
Mar 24, 2014 Phil rated it really liked it
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This is a set of short pieces on various topics dealing with prayer and being a Christian (specifically, a Catholic) in the real world. Those familiar with Rohlheiser's other books will notice familiar themes present in a rather freer style. Rohlheiser has a tendency to default to grace which makes him a gentle read. His insights are generally good, although any collection will have elements which are not necessarily the strongest. On the whole, a good collection and worth reading.

Dec 27, 2011 Erica added it
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This was a wonderfully insightful book. I really enjoyed how many topics were explored in regards to love. I feel it is a book I could read over and over again and truly gain new insights each time. It is something that you could choose a specific topic to look at and use as a meditation or part of prayer.
Theresa Noble
Jan 11, 2014 Theresa Noble rated it liked it
I really enjoy Rolheiser's books, they are very insightful. However, I found this book a bit disjointed and hard to get through. I felt like some of the chapters were homilies he had given at funerals thrown in as chapters and that was a bit disappointing to me. The book did not seem unified.
Charlotte Jones
Apr 21, 2015 Charlotte Jones rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book filled with practical and necessary truths. It is a collection of smaller essays and is easily read in a short span of time. There were a few sections I read 4 times because they were just so great.
Jan 25, 2014 Sarahmarie rated it really liked it
A wonderful read about connecting to faith and Christ and being able to let go of our fears to live life more fully. One to savor and read slowly. I didn't relate fully to all of the Roman Catholic thinking, but I appreciated the universal Christian truths and reminders of love and grace.
Dec 02, 2007 Bernice rated it liked it
This book is written topically, so you can just flip to certain writings and receive his insights. I liked some of his writings and I didn't like others. Sorry I can't be more specific. But, I read a chapter of this book during breakfast for months, so I can't remember a lot of it.
Patti Clement
Jul 25, 2012 Patti Clement rated it it was amazing
Love anything written by this author!
May 08, 2015 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
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Amazing, wonderful book! It felt like some passages were speaking straight to my soul, giving words to thoughts that I'd never been able to put into words before. LOVED, LOVED it.
Albert Hong
Aug 22, 2014 Albert Hong rated it really liked it
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I love this guy. I find such resonance with how he sees God, the world, and what the good life really is. Nice, short pithy reflections that get straight to the point.
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