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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

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"[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)

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Not just aging but getting wiser

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This is a spiritual reflection on unlearning in the second half of life what we learned in the first half -- about achieving success, making something of ourselves, accomplishing whatever. Rohr invites us to go deeper, get wiser. It's a simple book in many ways, Easy to understand. Lots of food for thought, though.

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  • thomas
  • garden grove, ca, United States
  • 01-07-13

Necessary Insight

If you could sum up Falling Upward in three words, what would they be?

a critical compliment.

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

affirming my feeling of "necessary suffering"

What does Richard Rohr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His graceful, beautiful voice makes it almost no work to ingest.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Mature Smile

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You exist far beyond your prospective of yourself

Through Falling Upward Father Richard Rohr somehow spoke deeply into my longing heart and shone a small light on the path forward for me. After reading many other works on spiritual identity and non-dualistic thinking, as well as many more than a few returns to this work, I've come to find that the small flickering light I saw at first was only the promise of something beyond my closed eyes. It has taken many hardships, disappointments, and some invasive spiritual surgery, but I have finally begun to open my eyes. The world is still too bright for me to make out much clearly but the wonder of the colors a seeing shapes where there used to only be shadows has been a humbling and exhilarating experience. Father Rohr has reignited my oldest passion and introduced me to the world where my soul is finding satisfaction and submission to truly worthy authority. God bless you who read this. Please open this book and see the world beyond your eyes.
Agape - Timothy Pierce

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Amazingly eye opening!

for those who no longer feel like the rituals and rules of religion are feeding them, discover what to do next, what spirituality really means!

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A must for all

A classic from Richard Rohr. A must read for all Christian thinkers. A must read for those interested in spirituality in general, and looking for relational points between orthodox Christianity and the variety of spiritual traditions we see among humanity. Especially helpful if you are feeling burned out by the legalism or irrationality of your strict past, and shows a light toward the future.

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Hopeful starting point

As a man that walked away from the Church almost 15 years again, this book addressed my concerns with the church and gives me hope that I can both be Catholic and something more. I’ll listen to this again and again.

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This book was so right for this time in my life. If you are on a spiritual journey of any kind, this should be one book you read. Well worth whatever you have to pay.

Read by the author (which I always prefer) he speaks much slower than his usual speaking habit, so speed it up.

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life changing

He puts to words the deep dwellings of my heart yet keeps it simple truthful and doesn't beat around the bush

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Wonderful!

Great read and insight!
I love how he describes the work of Thomas Merton and St. Francis.

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  • 09-14-17

A Guide to Life Truly Lived

Fr. Rohr is undoubtedly a bold voice in the age of Post-Truth. Falling Upward questions the assumptions we have been making about our history, our society, our notion of God, and ourselves. It challenges us to see the world and self through a new pair of eyes and by so doing, invites us to participate in the sacred dance of true happiness and fulfillment.