The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Trinity is supposed to be the central doctrine grounding Christianity, yet we're often told that we shouldn't attempt to understand it because it's a mystery. But what if we breached that mystery? How might it transform our relationship with God?
Although the word trinity isn't found in the New Testament - it wasn't until the third century that it was coined - the idea of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit was present in Jesus' life and teachings. In this book, internationally recognized teacher Richard Rohr circles around this paradoxical idea - and circling around is an apt metaphor: Early Christians applied the Greek verb for dance to the mystery of the Trinity, saying whatever is going on in God is a flow - it's like a dance.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 13 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 02, 2017|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #28,990 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#8 in Pneumatology
#39 in Catholicism (Audible Books & Originals)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2022
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It's oriented around the Holy Trinity; Father, Son, Holy Spirit, but Rohr isn't attempting to convert anyone to Catholicism or any other religious denomination. He draws heavily from Scripture from both the Old and New Testaments.
For anyone wanting to connect or reconnect with your God, try this book. It's great news for anyone who was taught to be afraid of God and His wrath toward sinners, or are weary of just sitting in church and not being inspired. God's people don't have to be afraid anymore. With due respect to those who diligently trained us in our beliefs, this isn't 'Religion Class'; Nor is it anti-religion.
It's about the loving, merciful God, the Mystery of one God in three Persons, the Holy Trinity, and we're all invited to join in this 'Divine Dance', a life-changing experience.
One thing: this isn't the easiest read. Sometimes, I've had to go over a page or paragraph again to fully understand, and there is the occasional
ten-dollar word; but please don't be put off by any of that. And there's no rush to finish it. It's not a scholarly work intended just for Theologians,
His thesis is that whatever is going on in God is like dancing, a flowing of life. Knowledge of God is participatory; it is knowing from within, from participating in the dance. Sin is stopping the flow of the dance. Moreover, he says, “What physicists and contemplatives alike are confirming is that the foundational nature of reality is relational; everything is in relationship with everything else” (page 69). Being a psychiatrist, I would add that behavioral science and neuroscience are confirming the same.
The book contains important take home messages. Among my favorites are the following:
Messages about God: “Whatever is going on in God is a flow, a radical relatedness, a perfect communion between Three [Father, Son and Holy Spirit for a Christian]—a circle dance of Love. And God is not just a dancer; God is the dance itself” (page 27). “… God … is actually inter-being …” (page 82). God loves you, not because you are good, but because God is good (page 110). “The cross is the standing icon and image of God, showing us that … God is in the suffering with us” (page 132). “Jesus became incarnate to reveal the image of the invisible God” (page 174).
Messages about the universe and us: “Our starting place was always original goodness, not original sin” (page 32). “Personhood is not a static notion, but an entirely dynamic and relational one … our original identity in God. All human personhood implies a process of coming to be in love! Sin is every refusal to move in the direction of our deepest identity as love” (page 77). “…this ‘whole creation itself … [is being] brought into the same glorious freedom as the children of God’ and is ‘groaning in one great act of giving birth’” (page 114). “Humans change in the process of love-mirroring, and not by paying any price or debt” (page 132). “Creation just keeps unfolding …” (page 147).
The book ends with a quote from Catherine of LaCugna: “The very nature of God, therefore, is to seek out the deepest possible communion and friendship with every last creature on this earth” (page 194).
An appendix describes seven practices for experiencing the Trinity.
I highly recommend this book for people of all faiths who seek inspiration for living in our current time of increasing interconnectedness.
I looked very much forward to the release of this book, and in every way so far I am loving it. Because of the depth of the thoughts that are written, I am grateful that the chapters are short ... enabling me to read a short portion of the book each night (when I do a lot of my reading) ... and then "tink on these things" .. and assimilate them into my being. I am a careful and slow reader (Lectio?) and also when there is a book that has a message well worth reading and whose message I seek to be a catalyst for transformation in my own life, I read it several times ... as I will this one.
In my opinion this isn't a book of "fluff", but one that has substantial depth and insight. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about his/her faith journey. I believe it will truly "remove the scales from one's eyes" and totally change the way our life can and should be iived.
Will Byrd, osb
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In conclusion, some good ideas but a lot of confusion from which to pick them!
There are a couple of less... traditional, ideas, such as his view on scripture, and other religions, but these aren't central, and have their worth too.