Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self

Immortal Diamond The Search for Our True Self 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 mat

  • Title: Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self
  • Author: Richard Rohr
  • ISBN: 9781118303597
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 ThisDissolve 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 book likens True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it In a sense True Self must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and that process is not resuscitation but transformation.Shows how to navigate spiritually difficult terrain with clear vision and tools to uncover our True Selves Written by Father Richard Rohr, the bestselling author of Falling UpwardExamines the fundamental issues of who we are and helps us on our path of spiritual maturity Immortal Diamond whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning in Richard Rohr s inimitable style.

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    • Lee Harmon says:

      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 [...]

    • Shelie says:

      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 [...]

    • Elizabeth Andrew says:

      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 [...]

    • Theodore says:

      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 the tit [...]

    • Jonathan Greer says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

      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 [...]

    • Colin Timbrell says:

      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.

    • Hoyt says:

      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. [...]

    • Jess says:

      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 [...]

    • Zorphie Zorro says:

      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 [...]

    • Robin Carlo says:

      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.

    • James says:

      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 [...]

    • Becky says:

      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 [...]

    • Ken says:

      A refreshing look at ChristianityI enjoyed Fr. Rohr's rich appreciation of the New Testamentand 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.

    • Laura says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

      Game changerI 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 says:

      Father Richard's masterpiece, in my opinion.

    • Matthew Kern says:

      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 says:

      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 [...]

    • Veronica Zundel says:

      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 [...]

    • Marianne says:

      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 [...]

    • Timothy Nichols says:

      Rohr is very helpful at inspiring me to look at Christianity from another angle. I plan to bounce off his work periodically for that purpose; he says some wonderfully thought-provoking things. However, at key junctures, Rohr seems to miss the riches of his own heritage because he's starstruck by certain features of the Perennial Tradition. He reminds me of Chesterton's wisecrack that the people who say Christianity and Buddhism are very much alike mean that they're both very much like Buddhism.

    • Donna Lane says:

      The book began using some of the same language I use in my own writing - being the true self vs. a false self, the value of our true selves as made in God's image, etc. The premise was good. But the author deteriorated quickly into describing Jesus as a symbol, appearing to minimize the importance of the reality of the resurrection. I have no problem with Jungian concepts at all, or with the symbolic representations of our own need to die to self, but there is more to it than symbol and the real [...]

    • Eglizard says:

      Life is a search for True Self (immortal diamond, soul, buddha nature) over False Self. The False Self is concocted by our minds and society’s expectations. In the end, it is all about love. Franciscan author reshapes a lot of Catholic images and language to such an extent that many Protestants wonder why he hasn’t been silenced. Example: He calls “paying respectful and nonegocentric attention to something” a form of prayer.

    • Hetta says:

      I took too long over reading this (for reasons which had nothing to do with the book), which was a shame because I thought it was a great book and I took a lot from it. As with Falling Upwards, it draws on a rich array of spiritual and literary writings (the title refers to a Hopkins poem), which beautifully and powerfully illustrate his thesis. They also provide great 'jumping off' points' to read further. Richard Rohr's books continue to be one of my favourite discoveries of 2017.

    • William Baker says:

      Chicken Soup for the Modern Disenchanted Christian Soul, rendered in Christian lingo but meant for everyone interested in spirituality that is divorced from vehement moralization. Excellent bibliography included. The elaboration of ideas is a bit rushed in places, maybe to keep it a short read, but I found it good to give it a slow pace. Good, solid contribution to (a very) progressive Christian thought.

    • Daniel Stewart says:

      I have been told that Rohr is not the greatest writer, but until now I have never understood why. In fact, prior to Immortal Diamond I was basically in love with anything I had read by him. But the Immortal Diamond was a challenge. A slow slog. And in the end, I enjoyed the ride and grew along the way, but felt I walked 100 miles to cross the street. But as Rohr would probably say, that was probably the point :)I also think this may be a good and more appreciated re-read down the road.

    • Michael B. Burke says:

      Letting goLearn to tap in to the true nature of who God has called you to be. In this process you learn the spiritual practice of surrender. Get ready to let go of things that you thought were "you," but that are the false self. It is a beautiful book that can have lasting change, if you let it.

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