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Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer

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This popular and bestselling book of the renowned Franciscan challenges people to move beyond the comfort of a settled life toward an understanding of themselves that is rooted in their connection to God. Only when they rest in God can they find the certainty and the freedom to become all that they can be. Contemplation has its place at the heart of Christianity, a place t ...more
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Published March 1st 2003 by Crossroad
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Brian Wilcox Elizabeth, good question. Possibly everything belongs for, God being omnipresent, all happens within God. That would be a fair Christian response, I t…moreElizabeth, good question. Possibly everything belongs for, God being omnipresent, all happens within God. That would be a fair Christian response, I think. I think Rohr, as I understand him, is not thinking of right and wrong as equal, but all belongs for it is. The opposites are together in our present world. Heavenly and horrible things happen, all the time. And they are together within the same world and God. Possibly, many in Christianity would see the cross as the mystery of a redeeming of it all, a love that amazing. That is how I see it. Other than that, I think our words are so limited and misleading, like 'everything belongs,' which can be understand in different ways. Peace!(less)

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Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am re-reading Everything Belongs.
This segment seemed especially significant:
Everything Belongs - Richard Rohr - Pg 132

We are much larger than the good or bad stories
we tell about ourselves.
Please don't get caught in just "my" story,
my hurts,
my agenda.

It's too small.
it's not the whole You,
not the Great You.

It's not the great river.
It's not where life is really going to happen.

The Spirit is described as
"flowing water"
"a spring inside you"
"a river of life.

your life is not a
Oct 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I need to read and re-read this again and again.
Challenging, deep, beautifully written, and wise enough that you can return to it often and take away amazing kernels of goodness every time. This book was my introduction to Rohr's work, and I'd recommend it instantly.
In essence, peace, contemplation, simplicity, and the reality of the love and goodness and grace of God in the person of Christ. Wonderful.
Justin Pitt
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book for spiritual seekers. Written from a Christian perspective, but with a healthy (and needed) dose of Eastern thought and approach (especially Buddhism). A desperately needed handbook for any postmodern, disaffected, materialistic Westerner trying to find the path to Enlightenment.
Tricia Culp
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is life-changing perspective. It took me so long to read because every page is worthy of mediation.
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This great a great book! This was the first book I have read by Richard Rohr but it will not be the last. Contemplative prayer can be a hard subject because of the difficulty in explaining what it is and how it works in words. Words can be very inadequate in regard to this subject but Richard has done a solid job of breaking it down into easily understood concepts and very quotable sayings that can be motivators and clarifiers during this prayer practice. Rohr explains contemplative prayer as a ...more
Bri McKoy
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Required reading by anyone who is human.

I have read several of Rohr’s books and enjoy his writing very much. But two of his books have given words and form to my own journey and thoughts. The first is Falling Upward and now this one.

If there was ever a time in history for this book, it is now. Rohr looks at what divides us as Christians and as Americans. Why we are so easily offended. Why we choose to fall on our sword over one issue or another. The danger of leaning too far left or too far ri
Amy Ballard
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An important reread. Will always stay on the shelf.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, faith
Everything Belongs may be the best faith based book I've ever read. Rohr's left me feeling encouraged in who I am, with insight into who God is and with desire to know Him better. The writing is easy to read, which is great because there is so much here that can be challenging - about how the need to let go of who we think we are, about how the gospel is about subtraction, not addition, about how prayer is a stance, not an action.

Here's what this book isn't: 1) a how to guide on prayer. It won't
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes in the midst of my contemplative practice I think, "wait. What am I supposed to be doing again? Am I still on track?" This happened recently, so I grabbed Everything Belongs with the intent of refocusing my contemplation and refreshing my awareness of the basic tenets of the practice. I like Richard Rohr and have learned a lot from his other books. This time I was just hungry for a few concrete ideas, and instead I got a book that's super deep, super abstract, super amorphous, LIKE CON ...more
Reid Belew
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is really different for Rohr. This is an older book of his, and I can only assume he’s learned a lot about writing in the last 20 years. To me, this book seems very unstructured, and almost like stream of consciousness regarding contemplative Christianity, its merits, and its strengths over traditional religion. The subtitle mentions contemplative prayer, but it isn’t mentioned hardly at all. I think this is literally 6 chapters of Rohr just talking out loud. Granted, many of his books have ...more
Craig Werner
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Difficult book for me to respond to. I'm absolutely convinced Rohr and his Institute for Contemplation and Action (he says the key word is "and") is a positive force in the world. And there's little here I'd argue with. But the book has a self-help feel that grates on me at times even (maybe especially) when I'm in deep sympathy with his sense of how the contemplative tradition and prayer provide useful ways of getting beyond the simplistic and inadequate phrasings of our society. My problem may ...more
Carson Cooper
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Note to self you should read this again in 5-10 years I just don’t think ur smart enough rn to understand it ahahahahahaha
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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An excellent "introductory" book by Rohr that I highly recommend. A perfect read for anybody who is disillusioned with the Catholic church and traditional teachings. He presents a unique, progressive interpretation of Christ's teachings that makes sense and is very hopeful and uplifting. ...more
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Wish it would have had some suggestions about how to approach contemplative prayer, rather than just lots of reasons why it's a good idea. ...more
Continuing my exploration of Richard Rohr. This book was my morning reading (5/10/25 pages a day) while I was visiting my daughter in England. I had time to really sink into Rohr's writing and work on my own contemplative practice.

His writing is continuing to give me works for how I understand God and my relationship with Him and everything He's created. The Everything part has been especially helpful in navigating today's world.

If you're new to Rohr, this would be a great place to start. The ma
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
im not entirely sure how to respond to this book, except to say that rather than putting his other books on hold at the library, i immediately ordered used copies because i already know i want to own them. read Richard Rohr if you are tired. what he has to say is Life-Giving. his experience of prayer/contemplation seems to transcend a lot of traditional religious language & positioning. i appreciate that.
Olivia Rose
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Waaaay too many comma splices for a published book, let alone an updated & revised edition. I'm not a huge fan of Rohr's writing style in this one, though I do love his approach to prayer that really hits at the individual side of justice and shalom (a nice balance to a lot of works today that hit at the collective, which is equally important). I don't love his tendency to throw in a random bible verse every few paragraphs: "That's what Paul meant when he talked about [...]," giving a pseudo-exe ...more
Laura Howard
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC resource for thinking through one’s relation to God (i.e. prayer). Wish I could buy this for everyone I know.
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have yet to read a book by Richard Rohr that does not resonate and hit me with a synchronistic lightning bolt of wisdom. Every word within this book is gold. Highly recommend to any lapsed christian and philosopher that is looking to find deeper meaning in our modern world.
Bethany Dufilho
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed it and underlined so much. I’m going to have to come back to this one again & again. It’s challenging in a good way.
Amy Morgan
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
I just really appreciate Richard Rohr. He challenges so much that is inherent in our Christian culture, challenging us to be with Christ and to experience his love.
Joe Dwyer
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Unpretentious and unassuming—I was very touched by how "fucking human" and empathetic this work was.

My musings thought out reading this piece lead me back to Camus, who claimed that there is one truly serious philosophical problem, the question of suicide. In the face of what Camus ultimately posits as the absurdity of mankind’s existence, he defends through his existential allegorization of an Ancient Greek myth, in his 1942 essay, “The Myth of Sisyphus” [Le Mythe de Sisyphe]. Ultimately, Camu
Tee Minn
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was searching for a new way to pray, been through various forms. This book is going to bring me to a new space. It is fairly easy to read although the concepts are simple, but complex. That is the perfect expression for me as Richard Rohr addresses how God is all, uses all, and all is needed. I appreciated how the East
And West religions were intertwined, everything belongs. The book culminates with the chapter called Return to the Sacred. This helps me with my search for an answer to "are we
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book came into my hands just at the moment I needed some of its messages - not only that "everything belongs" which means God uses everything that happens to us, He's in the midst of all of it, and the idea of "second causes" is quite questionable. That's the main theme of the book, but there is so much more to soak up. How detaching from consumerism, cultural imprints, etc. and coming to the place of powerlessness and surrender are what the Christian life is all about. A book I'll go back ...more
R.L. Calixto
Feb 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all.
Recommended to R.L. by: A friend who is also a priest.
I am a huge Richard Rohr fan! If you are very into your Christian faith, his books will help you see life and faith in a simpler angle. I love his "Franciscan" idealism (he is a Franciscan priest) of "emptying" yourself. Through his books, which are mostly speeches or talks put into book forms, he unlocks the key to what living a "gospel" life is truly about!

Everything Belongs, next to Simplicity and The Gospel According to Luke, is probably his best!
Very easy read! Just to warn everyone, Fr. R
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I used this book as a quiet day spiritual retreat book. It was perfect. While it did not give a formula for praying contemplatively, it did guide the reader on how to live in the now. The contemplative secret is to learn to live in the present moment without comparing it to any other taste the fullness of the now. I came away knowing that I CAN live with paradox, unanswered questions, immense inner conflicts, and theological contradictions --- and still trust and be at peace knowing ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A friend of mine had been recommending Richard Rohr to me for some time. I resisted. So now I'm telling you that I was (but no longer!) an idiot. This is one seriously good book. One of the best I've read on Christian spirituality. The subtitle is "The Gift of Contemplative Prayer" however Rohr's approach to prayer is almost certainly different than what comes to mind for most and thankfully so. I don't necessarily agree with everything but when is that ever the case and it's no reason not to go ...more
Christine Hiester
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would give this 3.5 stars if that were an option. I love Rohr's writing. I am drawn to his beautiful metaphors, and his deep way of processing the spiritual life. This book was not one of my favorites of his, simply because it did not seem to have as much cohesion in its concepts. I would suggest The Naked Now as a first Rohr book for those who are interested.

Revisited: My second read-through was so meaningful that I changed my rating to a 5. It just goes to show that there actually may be a p
Kate Davis
I love "Everything Belongs." It was one of the first Christian spirituality books I read and contributed to my staying in the faith because it acknowledges complexity (suffering, darkness, sin, doubt) without shame and with an actual integrated appreciation for what they contribute to spiritual maturity. And I'm pretty sure doesn't have any of his weird masculine bullshit that appears in other books.
Matthew Palmer
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely transformative, challenging, and experiential. Richard Rohr presents a way to enter into the life of God that is all around us if we are willing to truly see. He shows the reader the beauty of the cross, the dichotomy of life in which everything belongs, and gives a way to enter into all that is to be transformed, set free, and empowered to truly love. This book is an identity grounder and spiritual treasure trove. I cannot recommend this book enough.
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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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