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Job and the Mystery of Suffering: Spiritual Reflections

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Richard Rohr, internationally known retreat leader, speaker and writer, plumbs the depths of the Job's story and its relevance for us today. Rohr strips Christian faith down to the essentials, beyond glib answers and a "hand-me-down" experience of God, and points the way to true knowing. In this invigorating exploration, the tension between suffering and faith becomes a po ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by The Crossroad Publishing Company (first published May 25th 1996)
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Susan Burke
At a time in our world of great suffering, wars, famine, horrific weather patterns wreaking havoc across the globe, I believe now more then ever is the time for a journey back to Faith. And the story of Job and how he manages to endure horrific physical pain, questioning the very reason he was put on earth and wanting to know from God all those unanswered questions that we all share, why am I not hearing from you when all I ever did was believe in you and love you. Don't you care about what happ ...more
I have always been somewhat perplexed by the Book of Job. The theology seemed a little odd in the way God gives Satan free reign to mess with this guy, and things just go down hill from there. Rohr breaks down the book in a very readable and pointed way, and I really appreciated his interpretations and take-aways.

"Can a human being love God for nothing?" is the question that "sets the whole drama in motion". Rohr begins at the beginning of the book. Job goes through immense suffering, and his f
This book evolved out of taped talks and lectures by Rohr on Job and the problem of suffering/evil. Because of this developmental history the chapters and chapter sections sometimes seem like random "spiritual reflections" (hence the appropriate subtitle) however they are all grounded by the narrative of Job and flow fairly logically. One thing is certain, there are some real gems found in this book --Everything from having a proper perspective on human emotions to a section discussing Simone We ...more
"Darkness is a harsh term, don't you think? And yet it dominates the things I see." -Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More album, 2010.

To anyone who has experienced bad difficulties or encountered suffering in life, and has not found satisfaction in the pat answers and determined joyfulness of mainstream Christianity, this study of Job may address some issues seemingly ignored by many. The fallacy of "prosperity gospel" ("...we expect something back.", p. 29) is addressed, the mistaken idea of earnin
Rohr is a good communicator and a thoughtful pastor - but his theological perspective limits him here, I think. One of the main lessons of Job is that we don't understand why particular suffering happens, but that God is with us in it and He transcends our experience. While honoring the mystery of suffering on the one had, I think Rohr tries to explain too much here.
It was a joy to read this for Lent.
I was finally able to understand the beauty and necessity of the book of Job. Without Job's story, which prefigures Christ's suffering, it would be much easier to substitute religiosity and pat answers with the actual, awful experience of God.
Mar 01, 2012 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everybody searching for reality of faith

very rich text; full of insight and wisdom.
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WOW! This book was a true eye/heart opener! I will read it over and over again!
Lee F.
Helps me in the journey with the evil of the world
Mary Donato
Very revealing and self enlightening
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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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