Not my favorite of Rohr's books, though I really appreciated his thesis that there are two parts of life: the first part, aimed at establish ourselvesNot my favorite of Rohr's books, though I really appreciated his thesis that there are two parts of life: the first part, aimed at establish ourselves, achieving, understanding ourselves; and the second part, aimed at giving away of ourselves, serving others, sharing wisdom. In this transition and the related work he does with men (in particular) around social rituals, there is a lot of wisdom. In particular, I noticed a lot of truth in his emphasis that some people cannot make the transition to the second part of life because they are not yet able to maturely understand and establish themselves apart from their own envisioned ideals of role and function.
But this book is spotty; some parts I loved, some parts I really just wanted to skim through. It's fairly conversational in tone (and especially so in audiobook form with the author reading his work). In his late chapter on depression, he's able to vocally nuance what I suspect wasn't well nuanced in the words on the page. But often I had a sense that Rohr's attention and focus had wandered from his theme, and so did my own.
Jesus taught his followers to observe and learn from things like sparrows, lilies, storms, olive trees, mountains and fish. In that same spirit, BruceJesus taught his followers to observe and learn from things like sparrows, lilies, storms, olive trees, mountains and fish. In that same spirit, Bruce Stanley writes a delightful and engaging book about leading groups into nature and hearing what God may be speaking through the created world.
I can see this concept working well as a meaning-full excursion for all faith backgrounds. Equally it would work for a Christian church's small group. It would also work well for folks interested in earth spiritualities and curious about their intersection with Christianity.
The book contains excellent resources for starting and maintaining a unique approach to spirituality in nature. I have asked a few friends to read this book and then want to sit down and chat about the possibility of doing something similar in my area....more
This book will help you to move beyond both escapism (hoping that everything works out all right for everybody but not doing anything tangible), and wThis book will help you to move beyond both escapism (hoping that everything works out all right for everybody but not doing anything tangible), and wide-eyed idealism. It shows us that we can, and must, spend our lives helping others, and do it wisely. And the benefit of that is that we ourselves change as we participate with God's great story of redemption.
I have had the honor of meeting and working some with Eugene Cho, volunteering for some time with One Day's Wages. I deeply respect the man and what ODW is up to - a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. ODW shows us that anybody can change the world. You don't have to be famous or wealthy, you just have to have a heart, and a small bit of courage.
I'm going to be handing this book out to a lot of friends. I read it at the same time as A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life, which speaks similarly (but more from the personal formation perspective, whereas Overrated is a challenge for us to engage the work of justice in our world). They fit very well together, and are wonderful encouragements to all of us - Christian or not; social justice - oriented or not....more
Sometimes you pick up a book and know you'll like it because you know you agree with it, and you know you'll review it well to support the authors andSometimes you pick up a book and know you'll like it because you know you agree with it, and you know you'll review it well to support the authors and get the ideas out there with some more traction. And that's not a bad thing.
But occasionally, something from that stack REALLY jumps out to you as IMPORTANT. This book is that way. It's IMPORTANT.
The co-authors build from the themes of the Slow Food movement into a general Slow Church movement, while saying "this isn't the next big thing. it's just ordinariness called into life." As such, it's not Missional, Incarnational, House, Seeker-*, Network, or any other good idea that ends up just getting franchised. This is a theological, cultural and pragmatic foundation for Church. Of all flavors, but which will be engaged in neighborhood, community, relationship and reality. It's given me a broader language for the Church, and also some energizing ideas about how spiritual formation might be approached in a similar, slow, holistic, ordinary way.
I highly recommend it to all who lead, pastor, attend, or care about the Christian church, in all its flavors....more
An excellent look at Celtic pilgrimage in the sections on Iona, Skellig Michael and the conclusion in pilgrimage takeaways. The pieces in the middle oAn excellent look at Celtic pilgrimage in the sections on Iona, Skellig Michael and the conclusion in pilgrimage takeaways. The pieces in the middle on Lindisfarne and illustrated gospels aren't nearly as strong, and the more specifically travel memoir parts are too light and goofy compared to the first and last chunks....more
Not my favorite from Lane (that is Solace of Fierce Landscapes), but a very helpful approach to American spirituality of place, across religious tradiNot my favorite from Lane (that is Solace of Fierce Landscapes), but a very helpful approach to American spirituality of place, across religious traditions. It could be organized better.... But I have marginalia on nearly very page, and the 50ish pages of footnotes provide years of additional reading. I will use this heavily as I continue to study and write on this subject....more