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Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,788 ratings  ·  193 reviews
Dissolve the distractions of ego to find our authentic selves in God In his bestselling book Falling Upward, Richard Rohr talked about ego (or the False Self) and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity. But if there's a False Self, is there also a True Self? What is it? How is it found? Why does it matter? And what does it have to do with the spiritual journey? This ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 2nd 2012)
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Lee Harmon
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ready to experience the mystical side of Christianity with a Franciscan friar? Here’s a journey that Father Richard Rohr promises will secure a happier existence. It’s the quest for your True Self … the resurrected self, the “immortal diamond” deep within you, which he says is neither God nor human, but both at the same time.

It took me a little longer than usual to get into the book, which keeps it below a five-star review, but it was worth the persistence. My problem was that Rohr writes with a
Elizabeth Andrew
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
I can’t remember the last time I finished a book, thought to myself, “I will never be the same again,” and began rereading to figure out why. Richard Rohr’s Immortal Diamond did this to me.

What changed? Rohr reframed the story of Jesus—the Christian story—as an invitation for human transformation. Writing this makes it sound obvious, but the real implications are huge, for Christians and everyone who has to live in our pseudo-Christian culture.

To Rohr, birth, death, and resurrection aren’t just
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I confess to being a Richard Rohr fan. I enjoyed Falling Upward but found this book to be much deeper. He speaks from a Christian perspective but only in that he references scripture to back up his points. His concepts are far broader in scope and if you have more Buddhist leanings you will see that he is only trying to show that Christianity is saying the same thing, if you know where to look. He is also very frank about where Christianity has gone wrong in their teachings and he tries to recla ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
For most people, the book is going to fall on one of two ends of the spectrum for people.... Either you are going to find the book truly uplifting, life changing and/or affirming or you are going to be unable to appreciate the book in any way, shape or form. A small subsection of people are probably going to be like me.... on the fence on this book.

Firstly know that this book is first and foremost completely and utterly of a SPIRITUAL/RELIGIOUS nature. I did not know this when I originally got t
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rohr wants to do something he says can't be done in his previous book, Falling Upward. In the previous book, it was highly doubtful that anyone in the first half of life could appreciate the second half. In the current title, his purpose is precisely to push his readers into that realization.
In Falling Upward, Rohr used too many parenthetical asides which simply interrupted the flow of the book. In Diamond, he has largely managed to avoid those distractions, and the reading is more fluid for it.
Jonathan Greer
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
14th book of 2017. Checked out from the Dallas Public Library. Recommended by good friend Gil Stafford.

When I began my year of reading, I reached out to a few close friends who are avid readers for books that were important to them. I left the request broad so each friend could decide how to respond. For Gil, the response came from our chats during the Pilgrimage journey we took in 2015. Those conversations in Ireland have stayed with me, and this book is a continuation of the dialogue.

On his we
Robert D. Cornwall
Richard Rohr has a way of bringing to the fore ways of understanding spirituality that is both future oriented, broad in concept and outreach, and revelatory. He has a way of connecting as well with a person like me who isn't by inclination contemplative. He challenges me, pushes me, and enlightens me.

In this book Rohr speaks of a search for our true self -- that is union with God. Too often we're satisfied with a false self, a self that is disconnected from the divine that has been implanted w
Julia Alberino
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
As anyone who follow me knows, I am a huge Richard Rohr fan. I was fortunate enough to read this book slowly as part of an online course that features a lot of video discussions with Fr. Richard. This book particularly resonated with me because it deals with the search for the True Self, which is a task of the second half of life, where I definitely am at present. The True Self is the "Immortal Diamond"of the title; it's always there waiting to be "mined" like a diamond in the present. Each of t ...more
Vianey H
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I began this book-it seemed simple and fairly straightforward. But the depth of meaning in his words, thoughts and beliefs...I was often left in doubt of what I thought I knew. I began to question my own beliefs and what has been driving me. At one point in the book—I stopped reading. It was too much. But I returned because I felt too challenged and unclear to walk away. Page 150–whoa! Huge turning point for me. This book is about love and life. It is about finding that we are what we seek! ...more
Mark Johnson
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a soul-searching explanation of the difference between our “false self” (how we present ourselves, who we perceive ourselves to be) and our “true self” (who God has created us to be) and an exposition of how to let go of the former and embrace the latter. Like Rohr always seems to do, this one will force you to step back, reflect, and do some serious internal work in light of the truth he shares.
Colin Timbrell
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a mind and soul stretching work from Richard Rohr. There are quotable quotes on nearly every page, and I found myself doing a lot of note taking and journaling to soak up the insights. Do I agree with everything he says? Not sure. My brain hurts just thinking about it. But my spirit feels uplifted nonetheless.
Marc Arlt
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I find Rohr to be very helpful in conversations on podcasts but quite difficult to grasp in his written form. This is my second Rohr book and this was again my experience. He is an exceptional gift to spiritual seekers but if I’m honest, I have benefited more from reading those whom he has referenced than his own writings.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
The distinction between false and true selves is useful and so was the reminder not to hate our false self, but to go beyond it. However, I’m not sure what the rest of the book was about, other than rooting the notion of truth telling and knowing oneself into the Christian tradition.
I loved and admired Richard Rohr for awhile before reading this book, based mostly on receiving his daily email meditation from the Center of Action and Contemplation. I grew up in the Catholic church, fell away for a long while, disillusioned by negative experiences with bigotry and hypocrisy (especially lack of love + care in my close church community as a youth). Recently, I've been deep in spiritual seeking and have been trying slowly to make peace with my religion-of-origin, starting with t ...more
Margaret King
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's hard to rate this book. I would give some sections 5 stars but others only 2 or 3. The Invitation, Preface & Chapter 2 are very well done. But overall, Rohr's general message is beautiful, hopeful, and appealing, causing me to think, "So I'm not alone in my beliefs after all!" again and again. Drawing on the mystic traditions of Catholicism, Jungian thought/archetypal narratives, and Scripture, Rohr urges us to wake up to the conspiracy of ego in our culture and even in our organized re ...more
Robin Carlo
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
As always, Rohr provides thought-provoking gems and a refreshing and renewing look at the value of our lives. Immortal Diamond didn't grab me as firmly as did Falling Upward but that may be because some of the content was material I'd read in Rohr's daily devotions.
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I like Richard Rohr and have read several books. I especially like his books on Masculine spirituality (the journey from wild man to wise man). This book was just okay for me. Rohr explores the True Self, the immortal diamond we discover if we are willing to go deep enough, and move beyond our false self.

Some good stuff on how the false self is just smallish, and a starting point. Rohr emphases our true self shows our connection to others, the world and the Triune God. He makes good use of the l
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Connecting with your truly divine inner self and the ground of all being is the theme of this book. From a very Christian perspective. Recommended by my Spiritual Director, I knew that I should read it. I have self-doubts, image problems and the perspective of this book was to help me recognize that I am love, loved, lovable, loving. I need to let go of my 'false self' and find the part of me (soul, heart) that is real and unconditionally loved. It worked in part, but I really had a difficult ti ...more
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A refreshing look at Christianity

I enjoyed Fr. Rohr's rich appreciation of the New Testament
and the life of Jesus. He looks at its stories free of judgment and rich in love. I had a sense of the essence of Francis of Assisi that I have come to be aware of in the persona of Pope Francis.
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Phew! This book is a tough read! Good, definitely good, but with its high popularity I hadn't expected it to be so deep. It IS accessible, but you can't fly through it because it requires a good bit of thought along the way.
Patrik Olterman
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
If i where to recommend one christian book to read. It would be this one. It seems Richard Rohr manages to sum up my every sermon this last year in this beautiful book. If you wonder what I teach or believe. This book will set you on that path.
anil s menon
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Game changer

I read this book on a recommendation and was surprised by how profound it was. It's good for Christians and non Christians alike but probably easier to follow with an understanding of the bible.
Barbara Conn
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Father Richard's masterpiece, in my opinion.
Matthew Kern
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot. I took a lot of quotes down. The hard part is how to apply it. It is one of those reads that you wish you could just assimilate all of the teachings, but at the same time you don't know where to even start.

The ideas were compelling, but distant for me. Father Roar both inspires me and also makes me wonder if I even understand what he is saying. He is a mystic and I struggle with silence. My mind races, well more like jogs, and it is hard to make it take a seat. Contempla
Ann Yeong
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have known of this book for more than 5 years now and have heard glowing reviews from friends who have read it. But I did not feel prompted to read it until this year which turned out to be a blessing because the message of this book echoes my own personal journey of the last 12 months, so when I read it, I found that Rohr's words helped me articulate what I have been experiencing but could not quite describe.

"the True Self is not moral perfection or even psychological wholeness. Many masochis
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Who are we? Truly, not according to our own devising? For Rohr, the goal is to live from our "true self" rather than "false self". The "true self" is a life "centered" in God rather than ego: "in finding your True Self, you will have found an absolute reference point that is both utterly within you and utterly beyond you at the very same time." It is to inhabit Jesus' frame of reference: "Jesus never knew himself or operated as an independent 'I' but only as a 'thou' in relationship to his Fathe ...more
Veronica Zundel
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Extraordinary what you can pick up on a hospital bookstall for £1 - I never expected Richard Rohr! He's a writer with the gift of spinning out a single idea to a whole book (a very profitable gift) but I realized after a while that there is a complex of ideas in this book: about the false self we construct for public (and our own) consumption, the true self who can be found only in relationship with God, the meaning of all the little deaths and resurrections (and the big one) in our lives, our e ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I guess I highlighted about 1/3 of the book which I want to go back and look over taking my time and meditating. I got the e-book from the library, so I'll buy a copy. Just one example of what grabbed me was his explanation of the error in the thinking that God required the sacrificial death of Jesus to atone for sin. I've always felt that this just could not be a necessity for the Source of all that is. But don't get the impression that this book is about head knowledge. I see it more as a weav ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contemporary Western philosophy delineates itself from religion, spirituality is that unwanted orphan who can’t live without philosophy, yet has to hold the hand of religion to stay alive. Refuting religion somehow has become a norm in modern western philosophical writings.

This book is one of those unique works that bravely brings Christianity and philosophy together. It boldly shows us how teachings of Christ have been misinterpreted by the churches and occasionally, with the help of Hinduism
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is a lot of interweaving of core ideas in Rohr's book, including the true self/false self dichotomy. His message is optimistic, affirming, and inspiring; but deceptively deep. If you have read other Rohr books, I think you will sense that his own journey is going deeper. Rohr is also clearer going further into being accessible to audiences that do not come from the Christian tradition. Personally, I don't find this limiting, and I hope it brings more to his ideas. I listened to this on Aud ...more
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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
“Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had.” 22 likes
“If unconditional love, loyalty, and obedience are the tickets to an eternal life, then my black Labrador, Venus, will surely be there long before me, along with all the dear animals in nature who care for their young at great cost to themselves and have suffered so much at the hands of humans.” 17 likes
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