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Susan H. Bingham

Emmaus, PA

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  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (173)

    In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world's religions. Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand "up".

    William says: "Life Changing Once You Are Ready"
    "Falling Upward Audio"
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    Where does Falling Upward rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    95% for performance; 100%, or top of the list, for content.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Falling Upward?

    I loved that the author was reading his own work. Hard to say what the most memorable moments were.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I am not sure Rohr could have done better, as his way of reading seemed ingrained. He often hesitated in places where a sentence should have flowed smoothly, and this interfered, in a mild way, with what he was trying to say, though only for a moment. However, his pauses made me think, and thinking is not necessarily a bad thing! In addition, Rohr's hesitations added a kind of charm. I loved that he read his own work and figured his hesitations were due to a slight discomfort with reading aloud, or perhaps due to a slight dyslexia.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    If this were a story with a plot, I could answer this, but Rohr's book is not a story. The entire book moved me deeply and has had a very positive effect on my life.


    Any additional comments?

    Rohr's voice is restful and lends itself to contemplation and calm. I often listen to audio books when I can't sleep, and if a reader is too "wired" or intense, or if he or she speaks too fast, I don't listen. So I thank Mr. Rohr for both his amazing ideas and for his delivery, including his hesitations while reading.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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