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If I were faced with the challenging task of naming my favorite Richard Rohr book I would name this one.
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2014
This book is a tour de force! With casual broad strides Rohr points out the hollowness of secularism and points to the much needed spiritual depths we all thirst for, but few seem to find. If I were faced with the challenging task of naming my favorite Richard Rohr book I would name this one. I am amazed that it took me so long to read it. I read a bunch of his other work before digging in to Everything Belongs. The reason may have been the title. When I first saw the title it had the same ring of "It's all good," which I hear repeatedly, especially when I visit coastal California. When I got into the book, especially the ending (pages 177-182), I realized that the title was in reference to the cross. Most Christians, even Contemplative Christians try to hide, suppress, or deny the dread of the cross. Rohr tells us clearly that everything belongs, including the cross! The grotesque disfigured form of human suffering hanging on a tree belongs??!! For most people I know this is the most challenging symbol to come to terms with in Christian Tradition. Most of us would like to sidestep the cross. Yet, it is the very key to our awakening! It is the shadow that we scapegoat onto whole groups of people. It is the shadow that we project onto the poor. To Accept (with a capital A) the cross requires copious tears (Christian Mystics were known for crying often). To Accept (with a capital A) the cross is also in some way to reject what Dorothy Day called "the dirty rotten system." When we Accept the cross we are capable of solidarity with the homeless and poor. And we are capable of confronting the systems that victimize and deride the homeless and poor. When we Accept the cross we are showing that we are interested in wisdom, not mere knowledge. The path of the cross is the path of transformation. I am thankful to Rohr for his eloquent contemplative treatment of the cross. An Evangelical asked me the other day: "What is the meaning of the cross?" I pointed the man to pages 177-182 of Rohr's book. These pages were a grace to me, which I have read several times. They make more sense of the cross than anything else I have read. This book is a spiritual classic!
-Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots)