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)
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.
I recommend anything by Richard Rohr. I do find it easier to read, though
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.
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!!
I really liked that this was narrated by the author!
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.
Most pauses seemed random. Intonation was overly sweet.
I was looking for at least emotional depth if not also intellectual innovation and/or integration.
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.
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It was adequate but had a stagey kind of false intimacy.
Annoyance. I was looking forward to some fresh ideas about the second half of life. Nothing profound here. Could have used a good editor.
Rambled on and on and never got to the point. Spiritually, this guy is from Mars.
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.
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