In the opening meditations of On the Threshold of Transformation, male spirituality expert Richard Rohr writes, ‘We need to fail, to fall, to jump into the central mystery of our own existence, or we’ll have no way of finding our true path’. Those words summarise the central idea of all 365 meditations in this daily guide for men: that wholeness and holiness can be found only through some form of suffering or letting go.
With nearly every man dealing with some form of darkness or hurt in his life, this book readily acknowledges the pain and deals with it directly, unapologetically and redemptively. While much of our culture today would have us believe that failure and suffering are inherently bad, Fr Rohr helps men see that pain, in whatever form it takes, is inevitably the only doorway through which they can pass to reach their authentic, best selves, which is where they will truly encounter God.
Ultimately this book helps men, over the manageable timeline of one year, learn how to transform their pain so they don’t transmit it.
The meditations in this book clearly reveal that neither taking a pass on pain nor passing pain along to others is an option. The meditations demonstrate that to become a better man, in the deepest sense of that phrase, requires that each man deal with his own darkness and allow that darkness to give way to total transformation.
Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest and the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Alburque, New Mexico, he is renowned for his retreats and lectures on male spirituality. Fr Rohr is the author of many books, including best-selling titles such as The Naked Now, Adam’s Return and Everything Belongs. He resides in the United States.