I finished reading The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr with Mike Morrell. (2016)
I received it as a ebook and about a thousand times I wished I had it as a “real” book.
(I will get a print version.)
It is a book for savouring pages already read and highlighted.
It is a book for slow reading.
It is a book that ought not ever be shelved, but lay around always for picking up.
For those who think the trinity is shamrocks and water in three states,
The Trinity is four.
And you are in Trinity, within Trinity,
and Trinity whirls in you, and between you and well, everything.
For those who fear God’s temper or feel an always urgent need to love God more,
The Trinity is Love.
“God is Love itself.” *
“God cannot not love, because love is the nature of God’s very being.” *
“We can’t diminish God’s love for us. What we can do, however, is learn how to believe it, receive it, trust it, allow it, and celebrate it, accepting Trinity’s whirling invitation to join in the cosmic dance.” *
For those who are seeking spiritual practices to forgive, come close, be generous, be present,
There is an appendix of practices,
and tucked into the pages
“All you have to do today is walk outside, and gaze at one leaf, long and lovingly, until you know, really know, that this leaf is a participation in the eternal being of God.” *
* The quotes are from the book, The Divine Dance. See The Divine Dance
And note the italics. The book is driven by the energy of italics, exclamation marks, single line poetry style words,
And while Rohr retains complete usage of the language of “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,” and protests firmly they are icons and metaphors and way beyond gender (and makes this case well), you can always get Morrell’s bonus chapter and enjoy his Middle Eastern naming of Abba, Isa, and Ruah. See Mike Morrell
In the end, I say
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. #DivineDanceSpeakeasy