The Shattered Lantern: Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God

  • Title: The Shattered Lantern: Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God
  • Author: Ronald Rolheiser
  • ISBN: 9780824522759
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Shattered Lantern Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God Celebrated Catholic Press Award winner Fr Ronald Rolheiser knows how to make faith real and tangible for the contemporary reader The Shattered Lantern invites us to rediscover that while not all seem
    Celebrated Catholic Press Award winner, Fr Ronald Rolheiser knows how to make faith real and tangible for the contemporary reader The Shattered Lantern invites us to rediscover that while not all seems well, or just, faith truly can make sense of it all.

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    1. My second Rolheiser book, and as with the first I was immensely blessed and challenged by his words. His chapter on modern contemplative barriers (narcissism, pragmatism and unbridled restlessness) struck to the heart of my millennial DNA. I admittedly struggled through Part II (Three Contemplative Traditions within Western Christian Thought) as it deviated from Rolheiser's parabolic writing style, and at times I felt lost in his language. However I loved the book's conclusion- focussing on prac [...]

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    2. This was an incredibly engaging book on the role of contemplation, a lost art among humanity. Rolheiser talks about contemplation within spiritual tradition and differentiates it from meditation. He reveals how different people are drawn to different avenues of contemplation, which makes it a lot easier to discover our own natural bent. By the time you're done reading it you'll wonder how or why would would ever live non-contemplative lives.

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    3. When this book is good, it is excellent. Some places drag, and their are some very basic copy-editing errors, but the insights of Rolheiser on faith, philosophy, mysticism shine through.

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    4. Theme was how to find God in ordinary life.

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    5. this book was a very meaty book. it took sometime to chew on the concepts, but the fundamental principle of this book seems to be that we need to make time in our lives to spend with God in contemplative prayer. this helps to recapture the wonder that we lose in our lives if we simply push forward without taking time to stop and rest in God. This book was a breath of fresh air for me, especially in a time for me very recently where I felt the silence of God in my life. I hope its a blessing for [...]

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    6. This is one of those books that, when read at the right time, will truly change your perspective on reality. It's a fairly simple primer to contemplative spirituality, which I've never understood and am now fascinated by. The gist: To be contemplative is to experience life without the distortions of narcissism (excessive self-preoccupation), pragmatism (valuing the practical and efficient above all else), and restlessness (greed for experience). Within this, he writes a lot about gratitude, puri [...]

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    7. So far, loving it. Using up all my sticky labels.[some time later]I appreciated this book a lot. It's clear and helpful and wise. There are some quite weird typos, this being my favourite:"We refuse to accept, at any point in our olives, that our lives are as good as they are going to get."Rolheiser suggests that if we can't 'imagine' or believe God is there, it doesn't mean God is not there, or does not exist. We shouldn't assume that our own brains determine God's existence. It's just silly. H [...]

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    8. An articulate and clear guide on how we block the presence of God through narcissism, pragmatism and restless distraction. The book also helped to identify cultural impediments to the contemplative life as well as describing three strands of spirituality that ameliorate our lethargy: Mystical, Protestant, and Philosophic. The book concludes with contemporary exercises that restore a conscious awareness of the felt presence of God. I have read this book twice and thus second reading was the right [...]

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    9. I always find Rolheiser's writing to be very honest. In "The Shattered Lantern" he does not try to convince you to look at the world through rose-colored lenses. Rather he gives you a sense of the practical atheism of our culture as defined by pragmatism, narcissism, and restlessness, and he asks you to hope anyway; because hope is deeper than mere optimism, and atheism is just a stepping stone toward a deeper agnosticism defined by wonder and openness.

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    10. Sometimes we approach a problem in a way that will never resolve it. This book showed me my error and offered me a new perspective. I am still figuring out how to integrate it into everyday living. I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling with the doubts that creep into our lives once we become a 'certain age.'

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    11. Oh my! One of the most thorough theological works I have read in years. Rolheiser's research and synthesis was masterful. He weaves a mature and theologically sophisticated contemplative credo. With all the depth, he still summarized it all in recommended concrete practices for "rediscovering a felt presence of God." Put your boots on because this one is deep!

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    12. What gets in the way of experiencing God? Why and how do we live our lives as practical atheists? What does it mean to be a contemplative? How do we escape the narcissism, pragmatism and excessive restlessness so dominant in our culture that we are free to experience God, able to recognize him in the normal everyday moments of life? Very inspiring and heart encouraging. I loved this book!

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    13. This is a wonderful thoughtful book about our culture and faith or the lack of faith and the way to return to that sense of wonder in faith. Rolheiser is a Catholic priest and yet he understands Eastern religions as well as Christianity.

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    14. excellent on the struggles of unbelief within belief, how we too easily to disregard things that are not quantitatively "useful" (contemplation, art, philosophy, prayer), and a non-saccharine appraisal of the struggle of everyday, ordinary life.

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    15. great perspective on faith and whether we are present with God. My favorite quote from this:"we are restful when ordinary life is enough."

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    16. A great book for mothers, or anyone who wants to find meaning in the small, everyday happenings of life!

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    17. Vintage Rolheiser. Gives practical advice to combating US American culture of Narcissism, Pragmatism, Unbridled Restlessness.

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    18. This is excellent! I can't imagine a day when this won't be incredibly relevant. Highly recommend.

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    19. I am reading a review on this book now. I need to re-read it.

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    20. Rolheiser is a thoughtful writer and has a solid focus on contemplative living and the difference that would make in our lives. I'll be reading more from this author.

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