Richard Rohr, The Naked Now: Learning to see as the mystics see

(2009:  John Garratt Publishing:  Melbourne)

The Naked Now reveals why the Emerging Church Movement is a stunning synchronistic expression of previously divergent traditions of church and spiritual practise.  Rohr engages with the issues of dualism, fundamentalism, institutionalism and spiritless religion which all resonates strongly with the concerns of post-modern Christians.  Richard draws deeply from his own links to history as a North American Franciscan Monk but  with fresh voice for the world in which he lives today.  Rohr offers a vision of contemplation, or contemplative prayer, which is deeply attractive to anyone yearning for a real spiritual encounter with life, God, the universe, themselves and others!

Here’s a taster:

“The word ‘prayer’ has often been trivailised by making it into a way of getting what you want.  But in this book, I use ‘prayer’ as the umbrella word for any interior journeys or practises that allow you to experience faith, hope, and love within yourself. It is not a technique for getting things, a pious exercise that somehow makes God happy, or a requirement for entry into heaven.  It is much more like practising heaven now.”

If you want to read more of Richard Rohr go to the Center for Action and Contemplation:  http://www.cacradicalgrace.org