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.
The New Testament Book of James encourages readers to seek wisdom by asking God for it and God will grant the seeker what s/he is longing for. Richard Rohr's book provides insights into just how God goes about this process and how the seeker can join in to the inner work required. There is no required age for this kind of work; nor is there a time when the work is over. Richard Rohr brings his own hard work to the text and shows us the possibilities of the 'second half' of life, that is, the life beyond struggles with identity, ego, and angst. I am convinced that he has provided his readers with a more than adequate guide to this life, particularly because he addresses the difficult questions of suffering, meaninglessness, and loss of hope that first half of life leaves with many of us. This text joins some other well-worn books and scriptures that are 'go-to' texts for my journey.
No doubt this is one of Richard Rohr's best books, along with "Immortal Diamond". Reading the reviews of both this book and others by Rohr, I'm struck by the number of people who are shocked that a book written by a Christian author can contain wisdom relevant to contemporary spiritual seekers...these folks have never heard of Christian contemplatives or the Christian Wisdom Tradition? It's as though every religion in the world is now recognized as a source of spiritual knowledge except for Christianity, which ironically happens to be home to one of the world's oldest and deepest wisdom traditions.
At any rate, if all this is new to you, there are many other wonderful, wisdom-oriented Christian writers/teachers out there to explore in addition to Richard Rohr...Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Cynthia Bourgeault, Thomas Keating, Gerald May, Thomas Moore, and Carl McColman come most immediately to mind but there are many, many others in all sorts of genres and sub-genres. (If you want something a little more entertaining -- though no less wise -- try Anne Lamott or Barbara Brown Taylor.) Explore the Western traditions, friends...you might be surprised!
I would advise anyone over the age of 50 to read this book. It brought together many of the threads of my life and helped me clarify and answer questions regarding my self, emotional healing, self-forgiveness, spirituality, etc. I definitely want to listen to it again. The first half of the book, although very pertinent, was often repetitious. I also wish that the author had elaborated more on our dark side during the second half. But, it was still very worth reading and I have recommended it to others.
Yes. For Spiritual lift and incite.
Richard Rohr is a great listen. But don't buy his book if narrated by another.
No. I find myself pulling over to the side of the road often, to take notes. It's so packed with valuable stuff, it's hard just to listen and drive.
I recommend anything by Richard Rohr. I do find it easier to read, though
i enjoyed both very much but the audible better - Rohr narrates and it is nice to hear HIS voice , inflection , tone ,word emphasis and phrasing
not that applicable to the subject
no : but for good reason - needed to go back to previous chapters often because it does challenge ones previous knowledge and thinking ... i would listen ... think on what was said and go back and need to here it again .
wonderful publication . DO NOT BE IN A HURRY TO "GET THRU IT " savor it ... let it sit .. allow it to soak ...