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)
I like the points made in the book but there were way too many references to the Bible. I am into spirituality - mostly Eastern - but this book was way too focused on Christianity.
Yes, it helps you to understand the second 1/2
How we fall and what we have to do to get up.
No, had to contemplate over time
I loved it so much that I finished it over a weekend (as compared to the typical 2 weeks)
I highly recommend this book if you have developed the early stages of awareness on your purpose and no longer need to feed your ego with others conformation. This books explains and helps me understand and integrate the human suffering that I am compassionately observing in the world...
This book gave me the much needed confidence because I know that I am not walking this path alone.
Thank you Mr. Richard Rohr.
Richard Rhor clearly lights the path to the second half of life. This is a book to savor and listen to over and over. So many gems of wisdom for ALL ages.
I didn't know what I was getting into when I ordered this book. It is written for people in what the author calls "the second half of life." I'm not quite old enough to be part of this group, but spiritually, I can completely relate to the subject matter. I enjoyed the author's wisdom and bookmarked several of his thoughts. The preaching in the middle of the book seemed out of place for me, but maybe someone who knows that it's coming—or belongs to the author's same religion—won't be taken off guard. Overall, I give the book a B+. And there are many A+ chapters throughout the book. This author definitely has a big heart for people who have gained wisdom from their struggles.
If you want to listen to a theologian adapting his views to regular people, yet still citing scripture and quoting Carl Jung, then this is your book. I couldn't connect and I'm returning the book.
I never really got into this book. I am not an expert in theology but was wanting to deepen my understanding and this wasnt an easy book to follow. Plus the narrator made it even harder to follow with the way he paused every two words when reading. Maybe I will get more out of it later in life.
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