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)
This book I can confirm describes my reality thus far. As Father Rohr also state in the book, you can only fully appreciate the second halve one you in it. For those in the first half or in transition this is a great indicator to the second half. I am thankful for every bit of suffering that humbled me and continue to humble me. I am blessed and thankful to have reached the second half earlier than most in time. It is my prayer and wish that others transform earlier without to much suffering yet I do understand now that for each it is different. Be blessed, be loved you the reader and Father Rohr as "the unique faces of God, you are...
Second half of Life
Mature spirituality, cuts through a lot of foolishness we have all learned when young.
First one I have listened to.
This book by a Catholic priest was recommended by a Mormon bishop. That says a lot, both about the book and the bishop. Strongly ecumenical and right on. My only criticism is that he spoke at greater length than strictly necessary and repeated himself a bit in one or two places. Not really a problem at all, possibly useful for emphasis.
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.
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