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)
Really digging father Richard and excited to listen to this book again. Some great insights that help me deal wth some situations I'm going through with a new perspective. Especially helpful in understanding how to deal with people with a first half of life mentality and loving them better.
When you are ready to let go of ambition and the need to prove yourself, read this. When you are wondering what next after tragedy or personal pain envelops you, read this. Roar gently teaches us the value and the how of moving to a life of greater depth and vitality.
Be prepared to shelve your ego and recognize the dark side of yourself. - we all got 'em. But also accept that dark side as a part of your true self. Don't try to deny it or control it through willpower - a further piling on of stumbles & failures. It is OKAY because now you can breathe. "You are who you are, " "it is what it is." Your fault is also a gift and will lead you ever closer to God. Father Rohr's book takes us on a journey while letting us know - and admittedly himself to - that we will always be a work in progress. After all, it's "progress not perfection." And who of us can claim to be perfect.
This has been the most enlightening book I've been introduced to in a decade. It is a must read for all of us who are on the spiritual path. The clarity of my own journey was plainly,simply and beautifully written in a way that will stay with me the rest of my days.
It was all full of 'memorable' moments as its resonance for the entirety of my life.
I love Richard Rohr speeches. I was able to listen to the entire book in one sitting.
THE SECOND HALF
I am so grateful that I finally tried Audible!! Thank you!!
I've read the book and loved it, and wanted to let it all sink in a little more deeply so purchased this audiobook. I often found myself out for a 15 minute walk that became a 30 minute walk that became a 60 minute walk because I didn't want to stop listening. Deeply nourishing for all of us who continue to ask the big questions over and over, looking to both give more and get more out of the second half of life. This book will not disappoint; highly, highly recommended.
Well written and thoughtful this book made me feel a little less crazy and a lot more like listening to God.
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.
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