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)
Definitely worth a lesson & as I've bought the book as well, although at times I wanted to take notes, I didn't have to cuz I could reference the book.
Enjoyable & encouraging...language is concise & Fr Rohr has a style that facilitates clarity on some complex & sometimes controversial topics.
Recommended by this listener
No I wouldn't. If you're looking for new age spirituality, there are much better books. If you are looking for a faith building book or a guide to Christian living in the second half of life... again there are far better books. This books tries to blend the two so to me ended up feeling like so much rambling mumbo jumbo much of the time.
He's got a great voice and reads with a a lot of heart.
It inspired me to keep seeking a great book on Christian living in the second half of life. It made me want to read the Odyssey.
This authors philosophy fits neatly in with other post modern, post Christian authors like Rob Bell and Brian McLarin who are working hard to make Christianity palatable to leftist liberal thinkers who find much of the good old religion embarrassing, outdated, restrictive, and immature. There is much praising of poets, mystics, the Buddha, the Sufis etc... and much belittling, and patronizing of traditionalists, the church, conservative Christians and pretty much anyone that holds old timey beliefs about the authority of scripture, the unique person of Jesus, the doctrine of heaven and hell etc...
Like most leftist thinkers there is this huge effort to synthesize. To make everything equal, to define the enlightened person as the one who holds no dogmas, who sees that it's really all about love and that all paths lead to God. Great, noble sounding, totally palatable new age Christianity if you're into that kind of thing. Sadly... I just don't think it's based on truth and anyone who takes their faith, the bible and 2000 years of Christian teaching seriously would be hard pressed to find anything to stand on in these pages. There are parts about my faith that make me really uncomfortable. Exclusivity, heaven and hell, judgement, wrath etc... but me being uncomfortable with them doesn't make them go away. It doesn't change the bible. I can't just make up my own version of stuff and still call it Christianity which is what guys like Richard Rhor seem to be trying to do.
I've read some great new age/modern philosophy stuff. Check out You Can Be Happy No Matter What, How To Stop Worrying and Start Living, The Way Of the Superior Man. All far better books in my opinion for navigating the second half of life if you want a secular or new agey take on things. If you want to rail against and demolish everything you don't like about your weak Christian faith again you'll find way better critics out there. If you're on the other hand looking for something to lead you and strengthen your CHRISTIAN faith you'd be way better off reading Lewis, Chesterton, or Keller.
The first paragraphs start out strong and promise a lot which is why I decided to buy the audio book but the rest really just didn't deliver for me. One guys philosophical ramblings, criticisms, observations and favorite quotes, poems and musings. Mehhh.
Richard Rohr flips the lens on modern life as we know it. Not only for Christians, Rohr is courageous, wise and big-thinking enough to stand in the Big Mystery of faith beyond on doctrine and present a life-transforming framework that very few of us understand and yet all of us seek. I recommend this book for anyone who senses the modern institutions are no longer working for their soul and life path and yet doesn't quite know what to replace them with. Equally, I recommend this book for the modern Christian for a peek into what a life of faith is truly designed to be. From his first sentence, Father Rohr's voice speaks like a gentle loving grandfather who delivers powerful truth like a soft baby's blanket.
The Art of Letting Go
To Know as We are Known
The Magnificent Defeat
Yes! This is the best book to lay a foundation for his framework. The Art of Letting Go, The Naked Now and Immortal Diamond are three others I've read that support and expand on this rich work well. I prefer it when Rohr reads himself, as he did in Falling Upward and The AOLG. After learning from his soulful, wise grandfatherly voice, a secondary narrator unfortunately loses some of the authentic effect of his words.
Cry for joy and in truth of realizing the nature of my own soul and legitimacy of my own life path.
Please have Rohr record his own work! He's wonderful and his words deserve their most powerful impact!
So glad to have found this book. It brought into clarity the sparse realities I was gathering in bits and pieces along my maturing understanding of Jesus.
The author and reader is a Catholic priest but he quotes many poets and uses different religious views. This book is for people who are willing to work to bring their spirituality to the next level.
After growing up in a dualistic Christian environment and then navigating my way to a more inclusive and wholistic worldview, this book helped heal the guilt, regret and pain I had when looking back at "the way I was". It's also helping me be more accepting and understanding of people still living with a fundamental and black and white mindset who look at me with eyes that say "I feel sorry for you that you are so lost now" or that cast judgement on every sphere of life but their own. This book helped me realise that that is just a "building phase" which we all need to go through and that I am in a deconstruction phase which is also ok and necessary. if you're in the first phase, this book will be uncomfortable BUT if you are asking questions and are not content to just swallow the pill and believe without reason; that it's hard to reconcile the Bible as literal historical fact, that good, faithful and prayerful people still suffer as much as the seemingly unjust... then this book is for you! Richard Rohr has such a lightness and peace about him... it's almost infectious. I will definitely be re listening to "Falling Upward"
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