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Falling Upward Audiobook

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

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Publisher's Summary

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". We grow spiritually more by doing it wrong than by doing it right, and the disappointments of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys in the second half of life.

©2011 Richard Rohr (P)2011 Dreamscape Media, LLC

What the Critics Say

"[P]rovocative." (Publishers Weekly)

"[A] trustworthy guide to the spiritual life." (BlogCritics.org)

"Understanding the spiritual aspects of aging is as important as appreciating the systems and biological processes that age us. Richard Rohr has given us a perfect guide to what he calls the 'further journey,' a voyage into the mystery mystery and beauty of healthy spiritual maturity." (Mehmet Oz, M.D., host of the Dr. Oz Show)

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    "Life changing"

    As a catholic who struggles to marry what I *know* to be true from my upbringing in the faith and a burning inner wisdom that's never been able to be verbalized, every word of this book was like fresh water to my parched soul. Father Rohr puts into words how I feel, how I've always felt but not understood and then he validates it. So thankful for this book. Thank you Father

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    Tony Silver Spring, MD, United States 07-11-15
    Tony Silver Spring, MD, United States 07-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enlightening, opening the mind and spirit"

    Really enjoyed this! Richard Rohr made this easy and informative so that a person can apply this to their Life Experience right now, regardless of their background. Nicely done

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    Mary Ann St. Louis, MO, USA 06-13-13
    Mary Ann St. Louis, MO, USA 06-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not just aging but getting wiser"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a spiritual reflection on unlearning in the second half of life what we learned in the first half -- about achieving success, making something of ourselves, accomplishing whatever. Rohr invites us to go deeper, get wiser. It's a simple book in many ways, Easy to understand. Lots of food for thought, though.

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    thomas garden grove, ca, United States 01-07-13
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    "Necessary Insight"
    If you could sum up Falling Upward in three words, what would they be?

    a critical compliment.


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

    affirming my feeling of "necessary suffering"


    What does Richard Rohr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His graceful, beautiful voice makes it almost no work to ingest.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Mature Smile


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    Timothy 12-29-14
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    "You exist far beyond your prospective of yourself"

    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

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    Maria B Vonada Delaware, Ohio United States 01-18-17
    Maria B Vonada Delaware, Ohio United States 01-18-17
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    "love his description of the two..."

    I and in transition between what he is describing as the two times periods in your spiritual life. it is eye opening.

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    Sandy Angle SAN ANGELO, TX, US 01-05-17
    Sandy Angle SAN ANGELO, TX, US 01-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent, Brilliant, Insightful."

    Richard Rohr is one of my favorite authors! Many years ago, his book, Radical Grace, was extremely helpful in my introduction to the Catholic faith. I highly recommend his balanced and insightful wisdom!

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    Leah A. 12-15-16
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    "A completely accurate description of the journey"

    This is a beautiful reading by Father Rohr of his book. I felt like he was sitting in the room with me, advising me on my journey. This book was a beautiful relief to me that I am not alone in my experience of the divine and loss of my false self. I highly recommend it. ❤

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    Dr. Andreas 12-05-16
    Dr. Andreas 12-05-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Deceptive and self contradictory"

    The useful insights of this book are usually coming from psychology and life experience but are mixed with too many instances in which he makes physicists, psychologists, Jesus, Bonaventura and Francis of Assisi say things that they are obviously not saying if one reads the original documents (I went back to check the sources of his quotes). Yes, in other words, he feigns a Christian orthodoxy in which he, obviously, does not believe anymore, in order to seduce you into believing as he does (A New Age combo of beliefs)
    And then he is absolutely dogmatic in his "non dogmatism", piling up insults on those who reach different conclusions than he does.

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    Scott ESCONDIDO, CA, United States 11-20-16
    Scott ESCONDIDO, CA, United States 11-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Explains a lot if you're 50+"

    Father Rohr gives hope for us "seniors" who no longer feel at home with life as we once knew and lived it. Not that it was bad, but now we can cross over into so much more.

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