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Jesus' Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount

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When politicians today talk about a "new world order," they are actually referring to the "old world order"--the heart of the New Testament. Rohr and Feister explore the Gospel According to Matthew and delve into the Sermon on the Mount, considered the blueprint of the Christian lifestyle. They emerge with a clearer understanding of the Gospel writers, especially Matthew, ...more
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Published July 17th 2011 by St. Anthony Messenger Press (first published March 1st 1996)
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Ronald Schoedel III
I’m a new fan of Richard Rohr after finishing this one. He brings a lot of clarity to the context behind Jesus’s most prominent teachings. He also really makes it clear that there are different points in one’s faith journey and that different understandings of teachings are possible at different stages along the faith journey. After reading this and digesting these teachings, you will feel like God really does love you, in a very real way.
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After I finished Rohr's "Hidden Treasures: Scripture as Spirituality" I bought this book as it tends to be almost a sequel to that book. I was easier to read but some of the new principles learned there are augmented in this book.

The first thing I highlighted in the book was something that offended me, "He’s God of our saved Church, which means that our Church—and we—are right. If we are honest enough to admit that bias, we may have a chance of letting go of it for a richer understanding of the
Paul Patterson
Rohr calls himself a mediator between scholarship and the average educated readers of Scripture. He does an excellent job transposing the diligent work of commentary and historical studies into accessable but not "dumbed down" language. The result is not remarkably unexpected, Matthew and the Sermon on the Mount come alive and relevant to many more readers than those in the academe. If anything we need more mediators if we want to retrieve the Scripture from hands of literalists or liberals want ...more
Heather Kidd
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: makes-you-think
For such a slim volume of words this book is a hard chew. It took me almost a year to work my way through Richard’s in-depth study of what is called The Sermon on the Mount. So much to ponder and meditate on in this book. I could only take small bites and then would have to chew and chew before I could swallow. Lots of profound wisdom. Lots of pointing to God and his love, mercy and forgiveness. I’m glad I finished. I think this is a necessary book for Christians to read. It will provoke, unsett ...more
Steve Haskill
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No book has explained the Gospels so simply and pointed to Jesus rather than religion so profoundly. Written by a Catholic priest, but very understandable by an evangelical Christian. Builds upon the premise of Rene Girard. Excellent read. I am just beginning his book on contemplative prayer, Everything Belongs. What I have read so far is just as simple, but profound.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very thought provoking. It answers several questions I have about what was happening in the world that Jesus lived. It tries to describe what was going on, who the people that heard the sermon were and how they were living. It tries to explain the why an establishment would want to kill him. It also tries to explain what he meant in his teachings. The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most important passages in the Bible that help us live a better life. To give us something to stri ...more
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Might be my favorite of Richard Rohr’s! Such an incredible examination fo the Sermon on the Mount (and thus, Jesus’ purpose in this work to bring about the Kingdom of God. So timely, as Jesus rails against the conventional wisdom of his day (so very similar to what’s being called “Christianity” today) in favor of a New world order founded on Kingdom principles such as non-violence, generosity, utter humility, powerlessness... If you haven’t read anything by Rohr- start here ...and then tell me w ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rohr's prose can often ramble, but in general I enjoyed reading his interpretations and discussing them with my book group. Particularly, I had never though about "wide path" as following cultural norms and group think, vs. countercultural thinking (narrow path). ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Much needed in today’s world

I enjoyed the clarity and simplicity of the message. Richard brings new hope to a challenged world. I hope u enjoy this
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Richard’s Rohr’s book is supposed to be about the Sermon on the Mount. In fact, it’s about his theology of who Jesus is and what he did on Earth, with an analysis of the Sermon on the Mount at the end. Due to my incorrect expectations, I found the book’s structure to be confusing. It would have been helpful if he had more clearly explained his overarching goals from the beginning.
As far as content, I felt the book was generally good. I disagreed with some of the what Rohr said (usually when he w
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
This book takes me back to memories of the "Jesus People Movement"
in the '70s. After being released from the military and going back to college, I was searching for an answer to the question: why am I here?

I had become a hippie and anti-establishment proponent with revolutionary thoughts. I saw Jesus as a revolutionary figure and became one of His followers. Richard Rohr present Jesus in the same way in this book. Jesus' message was, "...the Kingdom of God is in your midst." Jesus is presenting
Lee Ann
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I have read many Richard Rohr books, taken his online seminars, and organized book studies featuring his works. He is a prolific writer -- as my priest says, no thought goes unpublished. This book was a least favorite because I really was hoping for a blow by blow analysis of the Sermon on the Mount and its radical nature. I reread the Sermon on a regular basis for contemplation and inspiration. He really did not dive into the Sermon on the Mount until the last chapter. I know he was setting the ...more
Mary Sogan
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great message!

Answered many of the questions I have, because of my image of God, like the author's, is that God is the "PERFECT PARENT". It also validates that We Christians, like the rest of humankind, take ourselves to seriously and believe our beliefs are exactly the only TRUTH. As a parent, I have a real problem with that, because I can't think of anything that would make me completely turn my back on my children. Also, as a follower of Jesus Christ, He is teaching me to, like Him, see all m
Rohr spends 4/5s of the book exploring all the ways Jesus was a countercultural subversive and 1/5 final execution of the Sermon on the Mount. If you ever doubt that Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is counter-cultural transformation from the ground up then read this book. Leading up to the Sermon is some excellent historical/cultural/social critique. I would have preferred a little more theological depth for the actual Sermon, but that's what the in-depth commentaries are for so my nit pick is just t ...more
Andrew Marr
There are so many good things in this book with enriching spiritual insight that are worth at least five stars, but I did find this book not as well-focused as I would like. The subtitle suggests a book length commentary on the Sermon on the Mount but we only get this, briefly, at the end of the book. Even so, highly recommended for its challenging insights into the kind of life Jesus would have us live.
Alan Brehm
Much of the early chapters is a re-hash of biblical scholarship on the Sermon on the Mount (which Rohr acknowledges). Where Rohr makes a real contribution is when he shares his interpretation of the Sermon itself.
Angela Joyce
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith-in-general
Let me put it this way: for the first time in my life, I read a book with a highlighter in my hand... and used it copiously. This is one of the most accessible, relevant, and "amen"-inducing books I've ever read. ...more
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good - but i need to read slow and probalby re-read often to get out of it what is said. Not a religious book
Not my style of writing somehow. Too?? something
Ron Willoughby
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sermon-on-mount
Not certain I whole-heartedly agree with some of Father Rohr's conclusions, but he has to be one of the most quotable people I have read recently. A challenging, insightful read. ...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

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