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