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The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,622 ratings  ·  268 reviews
Invitation to a Dance

The Trinity is supposed to be the central, foundational doctrine of our entire Christian belief system, yet we're often told that we shouldn't attempt to understand it because it is a "mystery." Should we presume to try to breach this mystery? If we could, how would it transform our relationship with God and renew our lives?

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Whitaker House
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Tom Cox
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer, I work for the publisher of this book and worked on the manuscript. I have never reviewed one of our books on Goodreads before. I spend so much time in them and, in my personal life, I like to read something else. This one is different. Richard Rohr has mainly written about contemplation and the human soul and our connection with God, and while all of those things are in this book, too, The Divine Dance is primarily about the nature of God in the Trinity, a concept at the center of o ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had three reasons for picking up The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation. First, it is about the Trinity and how belief in the triune Godhead is a game changer. There are few topics which make me this giddy. My reading of Zizioulas, Volf, Moltmann and Barth in grad school made me a passionately Trinitarian. Secondly,I read this book because its author is Richard Rohr. I mean who doesn't love Rohr? He is the reigning guru on all things enneagram, contemplative prayer in the perenn ...more
Amos Smith
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Trinity is hugely important in the twenty first century. In my opinion The Trinity and the Incarnation are the doctrinal core of Christian Mystical Tradition. They are a wake-up call from arrogance and certainty to a combination of knowing and not knowing, which is the root of deep faith accompanied by appropriate humility.

A serious exploration of the Trinity and the Incarnation return us to mystery. They move us from either/or binaries to both/and. The Trinity is at once Three and One. The
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve often read a book and enjoyed it so much that I’ve wanted to read it straight through again - but I’ve very rarely actually done it. This book is the exception: I’ve just read it straight through a second time.

When I first started it, I thought it was rather trivial. It’s Richard Rohr’s content, but actually written by Mike Morrell who has written up the material from some of Rohr’s conferences on the Trinity and spirituality. This sometimes gives it a bit of a ragged feel, it’s unpolished,
A powerful look at Trinitarian spirituality. I found it revitalized my prayer life and energized my entire spiritual/daily life. There are some wonderful exercises at the end to practice this spirituality.
Lee G
May 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Wordy & repetitive. Like a dull, uninspired sermon put on endless repeat. Time better spent reading the Gospel! Read another reviewer & his description of “fuzzy mystic speak” is perfect.

It is the kind of book that makes you think you are more “Christian” for reading it. However, as I have an MA in theology, I prefer actual theologians to Rohr. The interesting thoughts in this book could have been condensed into a brief article, but his name recognition qualifies him for an entire book. 🧐
Matt Mcmanus
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity is a mystery; a commonly accepted Christian truth that is rationally incomprehensible. In The Divine Dance, Richard Rohr attempts to explain it in a way that feels both familiar and completely foreign. Rather than the mystery being the end of the conversation, he uses it as an invitation to deeper understanding.

God for us, we call you Father.
God alongside us, we call you Jesus.
God within us, we call you Holy Spirit.
You are the eternal mystery that enables
Amy Neftzger
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. Rohr pulls the reader out of our modern cultural perspective to view the Trinity from the perspective of relationship, rather than a hierarchical power structure. This is not a new approach and has previously been discussed by a number of theologians, but the concept has been lost due to the current trend to view the Trinity as a triangle with God the Father at the head of it. This shift in perspective is important because it creates strong guidelines for us in how we inte ...more
Tristan Sherwin
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very beautiful book; stirring much within my mind and heart, and awakening the desire to plunge all the more into the depths of the Divine communion.

--Tristan Sherwin, author of "Love: Expressed"
Glen Grunau
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In an early chapter in this book, Richard makes the following invitation for his readers: "Maybe this book will be more of a meditation than a scholarly treatise. But from a deeper place, if you can allow it, my prayer and desire is that something you encounter in these pages will resonate with your own experience . . ."

This captures well what I experienced differently about this book than many other spiritual books I have read. It did not unfold in a progressive fashion and did not follow a lin
Will Waller
Nov 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Assigned this book by my boss, I struggled mightily with this book. The author is truly ADD, flitting from topics without much in the way of transitions. I imagine him sitting at home, pondering ways to get his point across, and writing them down, jerking the reader from one topic to another. Transitions are so lacking in this book, in some ways it makes it easier for the reader because they don't have to read chronologically. Also, the writer tends to capitalize things if he wants them to refer ...more
I have been a Christian my whole life. For not quite that long, I have been taught that Christians believe in the Trinity (probably not as a young kid, but it began to come up when I got older). As I learned more, it seemed the Trinity was something to believe, something that set us apart from people of other religions. As in, this is how we know we are right, because we believe God in this way and they do not.

For a while now, I have come to see the Trinity is not just something to believe but
I loved this book. It gave me new insights into the Trinity, and into my relationship with God and with creation. It is one of the most refreshing Christian books I have ever read. A book that made me ponder and pray. Like drinking from a fresh well of water. The idea of the divine dance of the Trinity is not new and Richard Rohr doesn't claim that, he cites many sources, but he brings it back to the forefront in a readable and compelling way. I am grateful for it.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I was in the mood for Richard Rohr, and this was the one available at the library. I'm not sure a deep dive into the Trinity was what I'd have chosen, but there it was. But it turned out to be a really nice read, and Rohr persuaded me, by the end, that a better and more nuanced engagement with this aspect of Christian theology would, indeed, have a transformative effect on some of the more degraded and judgmental forms of Christianity currently staining our land. I'm less optimistic that the sor ...more
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
Excellent. It will reshape your thinking and belief structures. It is not a quick or light read. It is rich and needs to be taken in small portions and digested. It will really expose what a bunch of shams many churches are, not really shams, but theological prisons that will lock you up, stunt your growth and experience and lead you into personal frustration, defeat and cynicism. Eye opener. I was blind and did not see what was right in front of me for many years. The trinitarian revolution is ...more
Jared Stine
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
There's a reason this book has 4.5 stars. It's incredible.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Fr Rohr gets a lot of heat for heterodox elements to his work and that's justified in places but he witnesses to much that is beautifully orthodox and is a fine, engaging writer. Rich in metaphor and Incarnate images which speak to us in language we can imbibe. His 'third way' approach, often offered as a both/and to a conservative-liberal dichotomy is good and speaks to something real. However, he doesn't apply it consistently and makes silly distinctions between those with some kind of 'higher ...more
Scriptor Ignotus
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
In the beginning was Relationship, and Relationship was with God, and Relationship was God.

According to Richard Rohr, a Franciscan friar and contemplative teacher, if Christians are to rediscover the Trinitarian nature of God and take it as seriously as the church fathers did, then this should be a perfectly reasonable formulation.

In their beliefs as well as in their practical lives, many Christians are, for all intents and purposes, “mere” monotheists. More-or-less implicitly, they have taken
Ali M.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: soul-food
Should be read and internalized by every Christian. Wholly subversive and wholly orthodox at the same time, which is Rohr's modus operandi, of course - but I think this is his most accessible and important book yet. The Western church is in desperate need of nondual, Trinitarian thinking. The lack of this type of contemplative dimension in Christianity has not just hobbled many movements and denominations; it's deeply harmed the people they claim to serve.

Of course, what makes The Divine Dance
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This!!!! Although it took me a while to get used to the rambly, slightly disconnected writing style, this book breathed so much new life and depth into my understanding of who God is, what it means for God to be Love, and what all of that has to do with my relationship (and the world's relationship) with the Great Giver of Life, especially as I wrestle with what it means to be a maker/creator and how that relates to my faith.
Several of the concepts he outlines are distinctly Franciscan-- and th
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, christian
This was a good book to listen to. I think he is very right in saying that the doctrine of the trinity is much underestimated and has great implications for our spiritual life. It has been wonderful to listen to this and bask in God's love.

I do think the book is rather imbalanced, it doesn't seem to mention sin or suffering all that much and this gives me the impression that it is a bit oversimplified positive thinking.

But it is a good counterbalance to all the books that tell you what to do o
Brenda Mengeling
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 54, spirituality, ebook
Father Richard Rohr provides a strong case of how the majority of Christian practice does not take the concept of the Trinity seriously. This misunderstanding is detrimental to the Christian’s practice, and leads to an unnecessary poverty of spirit. I found it refreshing and hopeful. Christians who only want strict rules to live by will unfortunately not appreciate this book.
Shirley Cornell
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books on Spirituality I have ever read
Mark Vorenkamp
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Rohr is an absolute theological powerhouse. This book looks at the Holy Spirit in light of the whole of the Trinity and inspires a fuller theological view of the Trinity. A deep and meaningful read that should not be rushed.
Jan Anne
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The force is strong with this one.
Saschia Dybdahl
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book I will definitely need to return to multiple times. This first read feels like just a skimming that will need much reflection. Rohr's mysticism and contemplation of Trinity is so beautiful, honest, and vulnerable. I think we all need to read a book like this. Whether or not we immediately agree, the contemplation and seeking of the Trinity - Father, Son, and Spirit is worth the read in and of itself.
Eric Clapp
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-bookshelf
Read this book right now. It will change your life.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr and Mike Morrell explores that one topic that seems to occupy so much theological thinking these days -- the doctrine of the Trinity -- in ways that allows us to make connections with real Christian living. That's because, usually, the doctrine of the Trinity is the reserve topic of trained academic theologians who discuss the "homoousian" ("of the same substance") of each of the divine figures while trying to leave room for " ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are a person of faith who doesn't really understand Trinity concept, this can be a helpful path to getting it. And while on that path, faith evolves, deepens, broadens. Hard to read without having at least one aha moment.
Michael Escalante
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith-religion
Rohr's exegesis of Trinitarian theology is evocative, beautiful and had me thinking about Christian deity in completely new ways. Lately I've been trying to better understand the way different Christian sects and religions understand and worship the divine feminine. Paradoxically I find that while Christian deity is male-centric that modern Christianity defines "spiritual man" in largely feminine terms and that consequently the tendency for women to be more religious has more to do with contempo ...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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