From Wild Man to Wise Man: Reflections on Male Spirituality

by Richard Rohr O.F.M.

Paperback, 2005



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Franciscan Media (2005), Edition: Illustrated, 182 pages


From Wild Man to Wise Man: Reflections on Male Spirituality is a revised and updated edition of Richard Rohr's earlier best-seller, The Wild Man's Journey: Reflections on Male Spirituality. For this new work, Rohr added three chapters that discuss John the Baptist, Saint Paul and grief. An appendix provides a structure for a men's group, based on Rohr's work with M.A.L.Es (Men As Learners and Elders), a program of the Center for Action and Contemplation, which Richard Rohr founded and now directs in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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LibraryThing member revslick
Rohr is quickly becoming one of my top mystics. He's still a little spacious and not too concrete to be a 5, but what mystic is? These are the essays that men's groups should be struggling with instead of the fluff floating around out there.
LibraryThing member nirrad
I wasn't sure I would like this book, not being catholic, but I thought it was well written, and he had some great points,
LibraryThing member MaowangVater
The book contains a lot of sound spiritual advise from Rohr. I understand powerlessness, the leaning that comes from failure, the need to not let my ego try to run my life by itself. I continue to work on a realistic sense of self-worth and the need for improvement without fretting about never
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reaching perfection.

But I’m afraid that I still don’t see why male spirituality is different from anyone else’s spirituality. I just don’t get “Iron John,” “Father Hunger,” and the “King, Warrior, Magician, and Lover soul images.” They have no relevance to my life or anything to which I can relate. I realize that for some men they may strike a chord, but for me they are just frivolous mumbo jumbo.

The kindle edition lacks several diagrams.
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LibraryThing member Al-G
Richard Rohr is one of my favorite authors and theologians and this is a very good in depth look at male spirituality vs. patriarchalism, male spirituality as an expression of both masculine and feminine aspects of male personality and an exploration of why it is important for men to claim a
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distinctive masculine spirituality that doesn't embrace the domination of the patriarchal tradition but finds balance in oneness with all people. Rohr, as always, offers biblical support for his assertions and helps the reader explore their own inferences and ideas along with his.
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Physical description

182 p.; 8.5 inches


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