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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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    Barbara United States 05-23-12
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    "CAN'T BELIEVE THIS AUTHOR IS A MONK"
    What disappointed you about Falling Upward?

    Rambled on and on and never got to the point. Spiritually, this guy is from Mars.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Rohr again?

    Never.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Boring.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    I got suckered into this one. The title and subject sounded like something I really wanted to explore, but this book is a waste of time. Kept thinking it would get better, but it didn't.

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Karen N Bothell, WA 98011 01-17-13
    Karen N Bothell, WA 98011 01-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Karen Nichols

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    "Lightweight Thoughts about Life Beyond 50"
    Would you try another book from Richard Rohr and/or Richard Rohr?

    No.


    Has Falling Upward turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Most pauses seemed random. Intonation was overly sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for at least emotional depth if not also intellectual innovation and/or integration.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    lesley Newport Beach, CA, United States 01-06-13
    lesley Newport Beach, CA, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Should be a pamphlet"
    What would have made Falling Upward better?

    If it were 75% shorter, if the author didn't belabor his points, and if he hadn't name-dropped throughout the book (by all means,share the pithy or wise remark made by a famous person but in the spirit of St. Francis' humility, leave out the irrelevant detail that the remark was made to you in person). Author comes across as having Workshop Presenter Personality Disorder, a narcissism that leads him to believe that every random, banal thought he has is original (this book has no originality) and profound. Save your book credit and pass this one by.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Biography Of Edward Curtis


    What didn’t you like about Richard Rohr’s performance?

    It was adequate but had a stagey kind of false intimacy.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance. I was looking forward to some fresh ideas about the second half of life. Nothing profound here. Could have used a good editor.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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