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We often think of saints as rare individuals whose gifts far exceed our own, and St. Francis is no exception. But for Fr. Richard Rohr, a prolific author and renowned speaker, the life and teachings of this beloved figure offer an authentic spirituality we can all embody. On The Art of Letting Go,, Fr. Rohr gives us a six-session learning course that explores: the surprisi We often think of saints as rare individuals whose gifts far exceed our own, and St. Francis is no exception. But for Fr. Richard Rohr, a prolific author and renowned speaker, the life and teachings of this beloved figure offer an authentic spirituality we can all embody. On The Art of Letting Go,, Fr. Rohr gives us a six-session learning course that explores: the surprising richness we discover through simplifying our lives--without taking a vow of poverty; liberation from our self-limiting biases and certitudes; contemplation and action, two key steps toward communing more deeply with the Divine; and more. Running time approximately 5 3/4 hours on 6 CDs.


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We often think of saints as rare individuals whose gifts far exceed our own, and St. Francis is no exception. But for Fr. Richard Rohr, a prolific author and renowned speaker, the life and teachings of this beloved figure offer an authentic spirituality we can all embody. On The Art of Letting Go,, Fr. Rohr gives us a six-session learning course that explores: the surprisi We often think of saints as rare individuals whose gifts far exceed our own, and St. Francis is no exception. But for Fr. Richard Rohr, a prolific author and renowned speaker, the life and teachings of this beloved figure offer an authentic spirituality we can all embody. On The Art of Letting Go,, Fr. Rohr gives us a six-session learning course that explores: the surprising richness we discover through simplifying our lives--without taking a vow of poverty; liberation from our self-limiting biases and certitudes; contemplation and action, two key steps toward communing more deeply with the Divine; and more. Running time approximately 5 3/4 hours on 6 CDs.

30 review for The Art of Letting Go: Living the Wisdom of St. Francis

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Yes, I'm giving this 5 stars. I kind of fell in platonic love with Richard Rohr while listening to The Art of Letting Go. Rohr is very informal and conversational throughout this audio lecture series -- you never feel like he is preaching or lecturing to you. Instead, it is like listening to a wise, older friend, who rambles a bit and contradicts himself sometimes, but who comes from a place of wisdom and knowing and experience. I would listen to this again. Yes, I'm giving this 5 stars. I kind of fell in platonic love with Richard Rohr while listening to The Art of Letting Go. Rohr is very informal and conversational throughout this audio lecture series -- you never feel like he is preaching or lecturing to you. Instead, it is like listening to a wise, older friend, who rambles a bit and contradicts himself sometimes, but who comes from a place of wisdom and knowing and experience. I would listen to this again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    This is one of those books that can be read in one sitting - good thing, because I couldn't put it down. It said so many things I've thought about faith and spirituality as opposed to organized religion (specifically Christianity), but haven't been able to articulate. For example: "...And the same for blame...now we (blame) parents, institutions, or history itself. There must be a victim and a victimizer. But why? What does it help?...Nothing is gained by accusing or avoiding, except a false sen This is one of those books that can be read in one sitting - good thing, because I couldn't put it down. It said so many things I've thought about faith and spirituality as opposed to organized religion (specifically Christianity), but haven't been able to articulate. For example: "...And the same for blame...now we (blame) parents, institutions, or history itself. There must be a victim and a victimizer. But why? What does it help?...Nothing is gained by accusing or avoiding, except a false sense of control." Powerful concept, in a nutshell. The book was released in 1990, revised in 2003. And just as applicable today as ever.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cayla Pruett

    I don't even know where to begin... I have grown to adore Richard Rohr, I might even go so far as to categorize him as one of my favorite Spiritual mentors. And even still, this book managed to so far exceed my expectations in its depth of insight and astute observations about the nature and condition of the human soul, I find it difficult to review. Reading this piece felt something like what I imagine it might feel like to stroll along and rest among the green pastures and quiet waters of Psal I don't even know where to begin... I have grown to adore Richard Rohr, I might even go so far as to categorize him as one of my favorite Spiritual mentors. And even still, this book managed to so far exceed my expectations in its depth of insight and astute observations about the nature and condition of the human soul, I find it difficult to review. Reading this piece felt something like what I imagine it might feel like to stroll along and rest among the green pastures and quiet waters of Psalm 23: profoundly refreshing and humbling in the same breath. Rohr leads his readers on a journey of Spiritual insight, one that points the reader in the direction of actual freedom by way of the upside down Kingdom- which is to say: less is more, and the path upward is downward. We can only grasp hold of freedom if our hands our free to do so, in which case, we must first learn to let go, to be emptied. I checked this book out from the Library, but I will be buying it myself so I can reread it and literally underline every single passage. I plan to use it as a reflective tool during Lent, to lead me in contemplative prayer. I simply cannot recommend this book enough. Probably the most insightful book I've read in the last year, easily. I'd give everyone I know a copy if I could.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matt Root

    I try not to judge spiritual books on whether they speak to me, so I don't rate this lowly because it wasn't the right time or right message. In fact it's hard to argue with anything he says. My problems with the book are twofold: 1. It doesn't work as a book; even if seen as a loose collection of essays, the titles of some of them don't match the content and many of them are poor in quality. 2. Much of the book is now dated. He would have been well served to do a far deeper edit for the re-rele I try not to judge spiritual books on whether they speak to me, so I don't rate this lowly because it wasn't the right time or right message. In fact it's hard to argue with anything he says. My problems with the book are twofold: 1. It doesn't work as a book; even if seen as a loose collection of essays, the titles of some of them don't match the content and many of them are poor in quality. 2. Much of the book is now dated. He would have been well served to do a far deeper edit for the re-release in 2003. Much of what was appropriate and even prophetic in 1991 feels hopelessly out of touch or obvious today. I will commend three of the chapters/essays which I would encourage anyone to read: 1. The Preface, which is a powerful diagnosis of the problems of our society; 2. Chapter 6, "The Freedom of the Sons and Daughters of God," and 3. Chapter 7, "What is this Women's Stuff," which contains the most accessible and clear description of Privilege I've encountered.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mehrsa

    Excellent and essential reading for anyone trying to be a good person. St. Francis was probably one of like 10 people ever who really understand what Jesus was saying. And MLK and Mother Teresa were two others. Richard Rohr is an excellent guide to getting there--but this is not just about Christianity or even religion. It's about becoming a whole person and doing good with your one life Excellent and essential reading for anyone trying to be a good person. St. Francis was probably one of like 10 people ever who really understand what Jesus was saying. And MLK and Mother Teresa were two others. Richard Rohr is an excellent guide to getting there--but this is not just about Christianity or even religion. It's about becoming a whole person and doing good with your one life

  6. 5 out of 5

    Greg Diehl

    Rohr's true gift is his ability to plant within his readers' (and hearers') hearts a sincere desire to let go of the superficial. He brings what is really worth hanging on to into the full light of day, and thus helps us identify what needs to be relinquished in the shadows of our soul. He reflects the true message of St. Francis (and I believe of Christ himself) as he consistently reinforces the call to give others not only the benefit of the doubt - but the absolute wisdom and radical compassi Rohr's true gift is his ability to plant within his readers' (and hearers') hearts a sincere desire to let go of the superficial. He brings what is really worth hanging on to into the full light of day, and thus helps us identify what needs to be relinquished in the shadows of our soul. He reflects the true message of St. Francis (and I believe of Christ himself) as he consistently reinforces the call to give others not only the benefit of the doubt - but the absolute wisdom and radical compassion of giving others the benefit of our faith! To find and seek the common ground, our common humanity, even if that represents only 10% of the current conversation, lead with faith. To lead with anything else only brings us back to the superficial and the small - to those things we really need to let go of . . .

  7. 5 out of 5

    Don

    spirituality of subtraction, pander to ego, push out for more vs rooted, most written about fear of war obsession with possession measure time barter to money, invite vs push, freedom from self for others needs pains, like Jesus, God as holy mystery, observe natural world, let go less is more, win win view, joyful humility, rope vs belt, rely on nature and goodness of others, who am I, life phase write text then commentary, to love is souls purpose, we are own worst enemy, love people use things spirituality of subtraction, pander to ego, push out for more vs rooted, most written about fear of war obsession with possession measure time barter to money, invite vs push, freedom from self for others needs pains, like Jesus, God as holy mystery, observe natural world, let go less is more, win win view, joyful humility, rope vs belt, rely on nature and goodness of others, who am I, life phase write text then commentary, to love is souls purpose, we are own worst enemy, love people use things, inherent dignity, affluenza swollen expectations commoditize god in pocket 2 masters, Budda 3 poisons greed ill-will delusion-1 view vs objective observation, entitlement leads to scarcity ½ empty, change heart ak mustard seed to sufficiency, full within and full to others, falling upward heaven all the way to heaven hell to hell, atheists via cathed, ed vs transformation, grace and meritocracy, 9 my body pleasure security-look good win lose-ego my truth-elitism arrogance-self-cannot-by grace-am who am, see God in all things, transform pain/unforgiveness or transmit, own to let go.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    I must confess that I went into this book with expectations based solely on the title of the book. "Simplicity: the freedom of letting go". This book seems to be about neither simplicity nor about any kind of letting go. It wasn't that I thought it was a how to of living a simpler life, i.e. less stuff but how to simplify by getting rid of all that emotional baggage we carry around. Part way through the book and I still don't know what the overarching theme is or how it even remotely relates to I must confess that I went into this book with expectations based solely on the title of the book. "Simplicity: the freedom of letting go". This book seems to be about neither simplicity nor about any kind of letting go. It wasn't that I thought it was a how to of living a simpler life, i.e. less stuff but how to simplify by getting rid of all that emotional baggage we carry around. Part way through the book and I still don't know what the overarching theme is or how it even remotely relates to the title.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tamara Dahling

    Although a bit disjointed at times, this book will make you think about how you view God and why. A short book that is easy to devour and yet, in some ways, hard to digest because it's so full of ideas to mull over, put away, and then return to. Worth the time to delve into. Although a bit disjointed at times, this book will make you think about how you view God and why. A short book that is easy to devour and yet, in some ways, hard to digest because it's so full of ideas to mull over, put away, and then return to. Worth the time to delve into.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John Laliberte

    Another fabulous contribution by Richard Rohr. He makes you think, ponder, reflect and pray.. but, mostly, he helps you find peace. I recommend this book highly.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jaksone Wallbank

    I found this book incredibly enlightening. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan monk who examines the inherent spirituality within Christianity that it feels like so many modern Christians have lost connection with. This book only comes in audio format, as in you have to buy a set of CD's in order to "read" it. If you can get over that part of it, then this book is more than worth a listen. Richard Rohr breaks down so many barriers that modern Christianity has put up inside our own minds, hearts, souls, I found this book incredibly enlightening. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan monk who examines the inherent spirituality within Christianity that it feels like so many modern Christians have lost connection with. This book only comes in audio format, as in you have to buy a set of CD's in order to "read" it. If you can get over that part of it, then this book is more than worth a listen. Richard Rohr breaks down so many barriers that modern Christianity has put up inside our own minds, hearts, souls, and spirits. He briefly explains the life of St. Francis and then takes those learnings and makes it applicable to ways of living. If you're wanting to experience a "Ways of Knowing" course without having to go to a University approved course and from a slightly alternative perspective, then this is well worth it. These CD's have allowed me to reassess a lot of the things that I believe about my faith and the way that I want to exist within it. I had the benefit of listening to these at the same time as a podcast that Fr. Rohr was on. My one recommendation would be that if you choose to listen to it, that you listen at a reasonable pace, but that you leave decent gaps between each disk as there is a lot of information and emotion to process through before you feel ready to tackle the next subject.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelley Johnson

    Listened to the audio book while sewing masks. It was intriguing to learn about Rohr's nine levels of spiritual development. I'd like to read more from him on this topic. There was also a really compelling idea about a person's real self being the spirit of God that's been breathed into you (what some might call the soul). This is an intertwining of you, and the god in you. This is why ALL people have worth and value, not as a result of anything they do, but because the spirit of God is in them. Listened to the audio book while sewing masks. It was intriguing to learn about Rohr's nine levels of spiritual development. I'd like to read more from him on this topic. There was also a really compelling idea about a person's real self being the spirit of God that's been breathed into you (what some might call the soul). This is an intertwining of you, and the god in you. This is why ALL people have worth and value, not as a result of anything they do, but because the spirit of God is in them. Generally we work hard to achieve, do great things, gain power, buy the better version of all our possible possessions, because that's what we define us "me". We think our true self is a result of what we think, what we do, what we have, the power/position we hold. Rohr seems to believe that we don't need to chase after things to build up the best version of our true self, but we instead need to let go of these things. With each step of letting go, we reveal more and more of our true self, the self that was always there, the self that is the spirt of God breathed into us. We don't need more, we need less.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nic Lishko

    A lovely little franchise retreat.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cate

    I just delight in Fr. Richard Rohr. I’ve never read or listened to anything from him that did not leave me happier and improved.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I can never get enough of Fr. Richard. Excellent reminders of the Falling Upward concepts in the context of St. Francis.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rick Quinn

    I confess that I really love Richard Rohr's work on spirituality and contemplative prayer so any review I give is certainly filtered through that lens. That said, this is a profound meditation on how the spiritual life is, in Meister Eckhart's terms, a process of subtraction. This is a countercultural word to our Western culture of achievement and status. The ways in which Christianity has been twisted to match the culture of "winning" and achievement add to, rather than assuage, our discontent I confess that I really love Richard Rohr's work on spirituality and contemplative prayer so any review I give is certainly filtered through that lens. That said, this is a profound meditation on how the spiritual life is, in Meister Eckhart's terms, a process of subtraction. This is a countercultural word to our Western culture of achievement and status. The ways in which Christianity has been twisted to match the culture of "winning" and achievement add to, rather than assuage, our discontent and disconnection. Simplicity is about letting go but it is far from simple. This book is worth returning to again and again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I love this mans work, but while the book has many good points that either coincide with my life, or are something I need to aim for, I agree it is disjointed at time. The thing is, this is a book based on his talks; and those are more difficult to read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Will

    Very disjointed...appears to be writing stuck together with no glue. Not even sure what he wrote has to do with simplicity. Loved his other work, though.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Rohr had a lot of good things to say, but i felt it was a bit disconnected and didn't give a lot of direction for the person seeking to practice simplicity. Rohr had a lot of good things to say, but i felt it was a bit disconnected and didn't give a lot of direction for the person seeking to practice simplicity.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Drick

    A collection of sermons by Rohr in the late 1980's on Spiritual simplicity and lifestyle. Interesting but not profound A collection of sermons by Rohr in the late 1980's on Spiritual simplicity and lifestyle. Interesting but not profound

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Not a fan of this book....I did do it on audibles, so it may have been the combination of Richard Rohr's voice and the content, no sure. Just could not finish it. Not a fan of this book....I did do it on audibles, so it may have been the combination of Richard Rohr's voice and the content, no sure. Just could not finish it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Hebenton

    This is the kind of book that keeps percolating in the background and ideas from it pop out. Another book that needs to be read again for full impact

  23. 5 out of 5

    Richard Pütz

    As Christians we cling, and we create scapegoats and then one day you realize you just need to let it all go

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Challenging and thought provoking. Worth the listen and work for those who want to dive deeper into their spiritual journey and want to dive past the shallow parts of church and Christianity.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    He really expounds on Non Duality and the different stages we go through in our spiritual development.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    6/10 If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it. Much of the book is an argument against dualism, for as Rohr sees it, language is dualistic and deterministic, but real life is not as clean. Direction is either left or right, but life is nuanced. He encourages us not to look at others or ourselves in terms of right and wrong, but instead to become our true self. If this sounds like a form of dualism, you'd be as confused as me. For Rohr's whole point is that we must become our real self 6/10 If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it. Much of the book is an argument against dualism, for as Rohr sees it, language is dualistic and deterministic, but real life is not as clean. Direction is either left or right, but life is nuanced. He encourages us not to look at others or ourselves in terms of right and wrong, but instead to become our true self. If this sounds like a form of dualism, you'd be as confused as me. For Rohr's whole point is that we must become our real self, and throw off the trappings and affectation of our false self. He calls this spiritual subtraction, as this battle is always done by letting go, giving up our false self, and falling upward towards God. Our as United Pursuit put it, "From the head to the heart You take me on a journey of letting go and getting lost in You". Or as Rohr says, "What have I ever lost by falling? What have I gained that I did not gain from falling up?" Through the example of St. Francis, Rohr extols his audience, almost pleading with us, to just try it. To just go be by ourselves for a bit, and see what its like to confront our fake selves, and see the truth of our inner selves. By just catching a glimpse of it, Rohr is certain that we will spend the rest of our lives never able to forget it, and from limited experience, I have to agree with him. I will say that with this book I can now see the shades of universalism I have heard Rohr accused of. He seems to believe that every religion can direct you to falling upward, but fails to mention that the direction of this fall is not towards God, but towards some form of enlightenment that is certainly not the same, regardless of Rohrs opinion. This garbage mares an otherwise wonderful book. "Its heaven all the up, and its hell all the way down. We do not reach fulfillment only at our destination, but at every step along the way." Catherine of Sienna Rohr mentions, almost offhand, the universal ritualistic ceremony to transform boys into men. This is fascinating to me, and I want to look into further.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jason Muckley

    "There must be a victim and a victimizer. But why? What does it help? Maybe that is why Jesus became the cosmic victim and refused to condemn the victimizers: “They know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)" -Fr. Richard Rohr, Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go I love this quote... Jesus became the cosmic victim BUT He refused to condemn the victimizers. He wasn't pointing fingers at the religious leaders of His day. On the cross, He wasn't swearing at them and blaming them for Him being on the cro "There must be a victim and a victimizer. But why? What does it help? Maybe that is why Jesus became the cosmic victim and refused to condemn the victimizers: “They know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)" -Fr. Richard Rohr, Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go I love this quote... Jesus became the cosmic victim BUT He refused to condemn the victimizers. He wasn't pointing fingers at the religious leaders of His day. On the cross, He wasn't swearing at them and blaming them for Him being on the cross. No. He forgave. He loved. "Forgive them, for they know not what they do," was Jesus' response to those who were persecuting Him. There is only personal responsibility for our actions. We don't need to blame and shame those people who wronged us. We need to heal, forgive, move on, love our enemies. That is the only way we won't become bitter. Bitterness is really poison to our own souls. If we cannot forgive, then we will slowly being eaten alive by the injustice done unto us. I loved Richard Rohr's book, "Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go." It was full of counter-cultural ideas challenging the Western mindset of power, control, wealth, possessions. As a Franciscan monk, Rohr took a vow of poverty to serve those in need. His book is both a treatise on his new mindset and a call to action for all Christians to oppose the institutional "sin" of capitalism that oppresses the weak and poor. He challenges the status quo of Western society that equates Christianity with a capitalistic viewpoint of the world. As Rohr takes a deeper look into God's Word and the life of Jesus Christ, we see a very different view of what Jesus calls his followers to, which we have strayed so far away from in modernity. Rohr's book is a call for revival of the Church to challenge the ideals of society so that we can see real, lasting change in our world.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    If you highlight everything in a book, do you really highlight anything at all? Rohr's wisdom infuses every paragraph and he writes with a sense of urgency that makes his call to simple faith all the more appealing. His critique of systems--both secular (political, economic, etc.) and sacred (ecclesiastical structures, doctrine, etc.)--is unflinching, yet offered without judgment. He does an exceptional job pointing out the root good behind such systems that are so often corrupted by personal an If you highlight everything in a book, do you really highlight anything at all? Rohr's wisdom infuses every paragraph and he writes with a sense of urgency that makes his call to simple faith all the more appealing. His critique of systems--both secular (political, economic, etc.) and sacred (ecclesiastical structures, doctrine, etc.)--is unflinching, yet offered without judgment. He does an exceptional job pointing out the root good behind such systems that are so often corrupted by personal and social sin. The cure, he suggests, is to let go of any such system or idol and to embrace a life of simple faith (which is not, to say, a life of secluded prayer...Rohr is adamant that for it to bear the fullest fruit, a simple faith in Christ demands a balance of contemplation and action). The chapters on Community, Freedom, and "Women's Stuff" were especially thought-provoking for me. Many of his arguments are edgy and controversial still today, so I can't imagine how they might have been received 30 years ago when this was first published. Rohr has said that he always seeks to remain inside the circle of the church, but always at its outer boundary. I'm so thankful that he has found his place there on the line between the kingdoms of heaven and earth and continues to work at bringing those two together. I can tell this is a book that I will return to again and again. It's too rich to consume in one reading and too inspiring to leave on the shelf for long.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lori Cook

    My New Years resolution was to live more simply, so I thought this book by an author that I love would be a great way to get started. I started reading it and although I enjoyed it, it was hard to get through. Rohr is a spiritual guru and I love what he has to say, but many times I have to read it over and over. He says so many things that I completely agree with. My favorite quote in the book is how he speaks that words or sermons to not change people, circumstances do. "You have to make your wa My New Years resolution was to live more simply, so I thought this book by an author that I love would be a great way to get started. I started reading it and although I enjoyed it, it was hard to get through. Rohr is a spiritual guru and I love what he has to say, but many times I have to read it over and over. He says so many things that I completely agree with. My favorite quote in the book is how he speaks that words or sermons to not change people, circumstances do. "You have to make your way to new circumstances, so that reality can really get through to you, because thats where Jesus has hidden himself; in the human condition and in the humiliation of human flesh. Christ always comes into the world on an ass, Christ always comes into the world as a beggar. We would so much like to have him enclose din the church and in our theology. But God is always Free." The less you care about money and material things. The more you are willing to be at the bottom. The closer you are to God.

  30. 5 out of 5

    J.J.

    Difficult, freeing and needed book. Here are my notes: Jesus didn’t run towards sin, he ran towards pain. All soul wisdom can be found in nature When we institutionalize greed, it becomes a virtue Jesus always praises the outsider and critiques the insider Non dual thinking is much more capable of love Goal of ministry is to keep moving people forward in their faith development Find God in the ordinary and imperfect If you do not transform your pain, you will always transmit it. Healthy religion is w Difficult, freeing and needed book. Here are my notes: Jesus didn’t run towards sin, he ran towards pain. All soul wisdom can be found in nature When we institutionalize greed, it becomes a virtue Jesus always praises the outsider and critiques the insider Non dual thinking is much more capable of love Goal of ministry is to keep moving people forward in their faith development Find God in the ordinary and imperfect If you do not transform your pain, you will always transmit it. Healthy religion is what you do with your pain. That’s the secret...how you can keep your heart open, even in hell...that’s the art of letting go. We don’t come to God but doing it right...we come to God but doing it wrong...our failures and pain open up heart space and lead us to God. There is a broken and wounded part inside of every one of us You see your woundedness and mistakes and hand them over to God.

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