Exceeded my expectations, although intuitively I felt like I might be getting into something above and beyond anything I'd studied before.
Most memorable and lasting for me is "transcendence and inclusion".
I was challenged by the pacing and cadence of the author's reading, but I appreciated the work as a whole nonetheless.
This book is fantastic. I plan to read it several more times to let the content sink in and use it as a guide to grow in the second half of life!
Narrated by Richard Rohr!
This book has blessed me beyond words but in order to understand it's concepts i had to be in a very dark place in my life. After listening to this audio I fell like I have been resurrected!
I found his Christian theology delightfully un-preachy and his earned joyfulness resoundingly buddhist. He offers such a 'cool-dude rebel, philosopher' Jesus that I'm so on board with. I still struggle with his use of the first/second stages of life dichotomy at the center of his argument while being rightly critical of non-dualistic thinking. that inconsistency stuck with me. Maybe that's my own shadow work poking it's head out. highly recommend.
I love to read and write books. I enjoy learning, laughing and growing (mentally and spiritually).
This book helped me to relax in my discomfort of the transition to the second half of life. What used to mean so much such as career, status, money, position, fame, competition, roles, ladder climbing and so forth seem unimportant compared to giving, being quiet and ordinary, and being okay with falling. Life includes struggles but in the second half of life, it seems they are experienced differently. I found peace and comfort reading the book and also an appreciation for the second half of life that can be a wonderful time in life. The book is probably best suited for someone 50+ who is ready to explore the blessings of being a wise elder.
The author seemed to make the same point over and over again about the need to struggle in the second half of life. He also did a great job explaining why it's important. It's a valid point but I was hoping for more insights. Richard Rohr was highly recommended to me so I went through half the book wanting to like it before I decided that I was totally bored.
It seemed like every single point made had to be backed up by a scripture quote. Even taking into account that one should expect this from a Christianity based author, the over use simply became distracting over time.
His voice and pace were fine.
Yes, some insights were helpful. Just not enough to be sustaining for me.
Through Falling Upward Father Richard Rohr somehow spoke deeply into my longing heart and shone a small light on the path forward for me. After reading many other works on spiritual identity and non-dualistic thinking, as well as many more than a few returns to this work, I've come to find that the small flickering light I saw at first was only the promise of something beyond my closed eyes. It has taken many hardships, disappointments, and some invasive spiritual surgery, but I have finally begun to open my eyes. The world is still too bright for me to make out much clearly but the wonder of the colors a seeing shapes where there used to only be shadows has been a humbling and exhilarating experience. Father Rohr has reignited my oldest passion and introduced me to the world where my soul is finding satisfaction and submission to truly worthy authority. God bless you who read this. Please open this book and see the world beyond your eyes.
Agape - Timothy Pierce
We are connected.
possibly something by Pema Chodron...
Loved Rohr's honesty and vulnerability.
Some parts made me laugh and some parts made me cry. My reaction most of the time, though, was to rewind, replay, and reconsider what he had written.
However, I have not converted to Catholicism (nor do I anticipate doing so).
Excellent book. I will read and re-read this over and again.