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Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality. Not Enabled.

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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I don't remember how I first came across Fr Rohr's teachings in his speaking and writing, but I've come to deeply respect his open-hearted discussion of transformation that's available to EVERYone, not just the Roman Catholics he represents and serves.

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He seems like the kind of man I'd love to sit and have coffee with, just to chat. And mind you, I've never had any affiliation with Roman or truly-Universal Catholicism. This book very gently, while offering a challenging method or pathway, invites men to - frankly - "grow up already," but to do it well and lovingly. Highly readable and instructional, while remaining comforting and encouraging.

If you, fellow male, have ever wondered how to "become better than you used to be," I highly recommend a thoughtful, prayerful reading of this book.


Rohr's book contains much that is helpful. There are insights about life that resonate with me.

Rohr puts observations many people have had about the male journey into understandable and illustrative language. But there are times when he fits scriptural ideas into his scheme rather than letting the text of scripture make the point it is making. In other words, some applications of scripture feel like a stretch.


In addition, Rohr's view of God seems out of step with the holistic view of God in the Bible. Any questioning of his view puts the reader squarely in the category of the boy who has not yet become a wise man. I'll have to stay a Wild Man if becoming a Wise Man means giving up on the biblical view of God's nature and character. One person found this helpful. I confess to not having read much on male spirituality, but I have found myself struggling to reconcile the common images put forth amongst Christian writers of the right and left.

I can't bring myself to fully endorse the 'God-mandated Male leadership' view championed by more conservative evangelicals. On the other side, I have found authors of mainline Protestantism to want to throw the baby out with the bath water and not recognize and integrate obvious male difference into their theology of maleness.

I have found Richard Rohr's book to be a breath of fresh air. Rohr sees the masculine and the feminine as two poles that are not to exist in totality in any one personality, but are to be integrated. Its apparent and certainly emphasized in modern psychology that all people men and women find themselves on a continuum as it relates to masculine and feminine aspects.

However, Rohr celebrates and affirms traditional maleness and views it as pointing to a major but not total aspect of God.


Rohr sees masculine spirituality as emphasizing "movement over stillness, action over theory, service to the world over religious discussions, speaking truth over social niceties, and doing justice instead of any self-serving charity" p. Obviously if these characteristics are not integrated with a healthy feminine side as well as being subordinated to love, then they can spell danger for a man's life.

Throughout the book Rohr emphasizes the need for men to die or 'descend'. This usually comes in the 'second half' of life when the 'boy must die so that that the man may live". There comes a time usually after age 35 when a man will become disillusioned his 'system of logic, meaning, success, and truth breaks down'. This is the critical time for the man to learn to surrender, to trust the Gospel that one becomes great by becoming small and serving others.

Other male issues discussed by Rohr include exercising power or domination over others, dealing with wounds from our fathers, chasing money I found this chapter particularly engaging , the energies of youth and the wisdom of old age, sexuality some readers may be put off by frank discussion of sex organs. Rating details. More filters. Sort order.

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