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Falling Upward Audiobook
Falling Upward
Written by: 
Richard Rohr
Narrated by: 
Richard Rohr
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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    Kate 07-21-15
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela HONOLULU, HI, United States 07-03-15
    Pamela HONOLULU, HI, United States 07-03-15
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    "Wisdom for the right time"

    Richard Rohr's book describes my life these last few years. His vocabulary matches and echoes mine. I'm so thankful to find validation for this season of my life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Murphy 06-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow, so much, said so beautifully"

    Richard Rohr's book explains spirituality, pain, and personal evolution simply and beautifully. Wonderful and important book.

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    Thomas Tillford 05-09-15
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    "Getting and understanding"

    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!

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    Lisa J. Shultz Breckenridge, CO 03-22-15
    Lisa J. Shultz Breckenridge, CO 03-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Worthy of your time!"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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"
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    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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    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

    4 of 6 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 2013
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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 ...

    3 of 5 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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    "Not for Baby Christians"
    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


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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