In Falling Upward (and in many of his other teachings), Richard Rohr talked at length about ego (or the False Self) and how it gets in the way of spiritual maturity, especially if its preoccupations continue into the second half of life. But if there’s a False Self, is there also a True Self? What is it? How is it found? Why does it matter? And what does it have to do with the spiritual journey?
In this new book, Rohr likens the True Self to a diamond, buried deep within us, formed under the intense pressure of our lives, that must be searched for, uncovered, separated from all the debris of ego that surrounds it. In a sense the True Self must, like Jesus, be resurrected, and that process is not resuscitation but transformation.
Immortal Diamond (whose title is taken from a line in a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem) explores the deepest questions of identity, spirituality, and meaning in Richard Rohr’s inimitable style.
“For a growing number of us, reading Richard Rohr is like sitting around the tribal fire, listening to the village elder give words to that which we’ve always known to be true; we just didn’t know how to say it. Profound, intelligent, wise, and passionate, this book continues Richard’s great work in showing us what vibrant, Jesus-centered faith looks like …”
– Rob Bell, pastor; author of Love Wins and Velvet Elvis
Watch Fr. Richard introduce Immortal Diamond in this short video.