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Susan H. Bingham

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  • Falling Upward

  • A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
  • By: Richard Rohr
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495

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".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I almost gave up on Christianity until I read this

  • By J. Mark Wells on 09-03-14

Falling Upward Audio

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-12

Where does Falling Upward rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

95% for performance; 100%, or top of the list, for content.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Falling Upward?

I loved that the author was reading his own work. Hard to say what the most memorable moments were.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I am not sure Rohr could have done better, as his way of reading seemed ingrained. He often hesitated in places where a sentence should have flowed smoothly, and this interfered, in a mild way, with what he was trying to say, though only for a moment. However, his pauses made me think, and thinking is not necessarily a bad thing! In addition, Rohr's hesitations added a kind of charm. I loved that he read his own work and figured his hesitations were due to a slight discomfort with reading aloud, or perhaps due to a slight dyslexia.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

If this were a story with a plot, I could answer this, but Rohr's book is not a story. The entire book moved me deeply and has had a very positive effect on my life.

Any additional comments?

Rohr's voice is restful and lends itself to contemplation and calm. I often listen to audio books when I can't sleep, and if a reader is too "wired" or intense, or if he or she speaks too fast, I don't listen. So I thank Mr. Rohr for both his amazing ideas and for his delivery, including his hesitations while reading.

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