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Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life | [Richard Rohr]

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

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".
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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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    L-A Spokane, WA 01-31-14
    L-A Spokane, WA 01-31-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Maybe a Catholic Convert..."
    If you could sum up Falling Upward in three words, what would they be?

    We are connected.


    What other book might you compare Falling Upward to and why?

    possibly something by Pema Chodron...


    What about Richard Rohr’s performance did you like?

    Loved Rohr's honesty and vulnerability.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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).


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book. I will read and re-read this over and again.

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    Susan'sEarbuds 11-10-13
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    "One who seeks wisdom...should ask for it."
    What did you love best about Falling Upward?

    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.


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    MJ 07-08-13
    MJ 07-08-13

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    "Fantastic (and, yes, Christian!)"

    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!

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    Amazon Customer Coastal North Carolina 03-03-13
    Amazon Customer Coastal North Carolina 03-03-13
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    "Insight, self-forgiveness, and emotional growth"

    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.

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    Dale A. Canady 10-16-12
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    "Clear, Understandable and Spiritual!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. For Spiritual lift and incite.


    Any additional comments?

    Richard Rohr is a great listen. But don't buy his book if narrated by another.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    alison Leadville, CO, United States 10-08-12
    alison Leadville, CO, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Packed with good stories and information"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Falling Upward to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend anything by Richard Rohr. I do find it easier to read, though

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    don saskatoon, SK, Canada 09-17-12
    don saskatoon, SK, Canada 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "very pleased with my choice"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Falling Upward to be better than the print version?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    not that applicable to the subject


    Which character – as performed by Richard Rohr – was your favorite?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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 .


    Any additional comments?

    wonderful publication . DO NOT BE IN A HURRY TO "GET THRU IT " savor it ... let it sit .. allow it to soak ...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    environut DFW, Texas USA 07-16-12
    environut DFW, Texas USA 07-16-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was a little confused by this book in the beginning. But it is so full of the mature turths of the Bible which are so well hidden in paradox. Wonderful if you have the time to relax and listen to his whole message.


    What other book might you compare Falling Upward to and why?

    Ecclesiastes


    What about Richard Rohr’s performance did you like?

    sounds real


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dorinda Forbes 03-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Helped me understand and embrace the changes in me"
    Would you listen to Falling Upward again? Why?

    This was recommended by a freind and I must say it helped me understand why I am so different than I used to be. I thought I was the only one. But this helped me know that the changes in my focus, interests and motivation are typical, normal and designed to support the world! Thanks, Father!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/a


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked that this was narrated by the author!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth United States 10-21-11
    Elizabeth United States 10-21-11
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    "Put me to sleep, which is what I wanted"

    I turned this on while I was relaxing in bed. Rohr has a gentle and comforting voice, which put me to sleep before I knew it. Unfortunately, his writing style is repetitive, and I have no idea of what he said, only the way he said it. I'll have to go back and listen again when I am not in bed.

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