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Falling Upward Audiobook

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"[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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    Jennifer NAMPA, IDAHO, United States 04-04-17
    Jennifer NAMPA, IDAHO, United States 04-04-17 Member Since 2013
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    I have listened to this book three times, and I'm sure I'll listen to it three more. On the second half of my life I want to do my shadow work and become a true Elder.

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    Jeremy 02-27-17
    Jeremy 02-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good overall message, quirky (heretical) theology"

    Rohr can be both wonderful and extremely frustrating at times.

    On the frustrating side, he will make a comment like, "this was Jesus' teaching in such and such passage" to support an argument he is making, Yet, if you are even halfway familiar with the biblical literature, you will often note throughout this book that the passage he quotes does not support his argument. What is more, Rohr offers no explanation of this discrepancy and just moves on to his next point.

    Perhaps this overall approach is appealing to people who don't really know much about the Bible, but I personally found it very distracting and unnecessary - even to the point where it starts undermining his credibility.

    For those interested in such things, he also feels the need to explain where he deviates from Christian orthodoxy on topics such as Heaven, Hell and Salvation, (Heaven and Hell, for him, are positive or negative present realities and not any sort of afterlife. Salvation is in essence self-actualization and moving into "non-dual thinking".)

    On the wonderful side, this book is rich with thought-provoking imagery and has a good message about how approaches to living at the beginning of life are not necessarily appropriate as you grow and mature.

    It's just a shame he feels the need to wrap his message in ill-fitting Christian clothing to get an audience.

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    marilyn hinson 02-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful"

    This book explains perfectly how I have been feeling at age 57. It is a rare experience to have my insides so validated. I, WE, are on the right track. Such a deep sense of clarity. Wow.

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    Amy Simons 02-22-17
    Amy Simons 02-22-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Old Sage"

    Richard Rohr seems to be a wise old Sage with many insightful and inspiring thoughts to pass on to the next generation... who rambles a bit. It was glad for having read the book but feel as if it could have been a good deal shorter.

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    Susan Swart 02-20-17
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    "Awesome!!"

    A great read. The author narritive is perfect and became personal to this eager reader.

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    John S. 02-02-17
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    "Unlike any book I have read before."

    This book is a must for whoever wants to make a big change with his/her life. It is for that middle age person who is tired of the way he/she lives. It will be very helpful for whoever is taking the big step of changing direction in life.
    There are a lot of great inspirational insights about life and living, and it definitely gives you the courage for you to make the changes you need to live a happy rest of your life.

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    baritonedad 02-01-17
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    "Inspiring!"

    An inspiring treatise on what is necessary to continue our spiritual journey in the second half of life.
    I have heard Father Rohr lecture and his style is engaging and elucidating making complex thoughts easy to comprehend.
    His narration style is rather choppy making it hard to maintain concentration and understand the sweep of his thoughts.

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    Maria B Vonada Delaware, Ohio United States 01-18-17
    Maria B Vonada Delaware, Ohio United States 01-18-17
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    "love his description of the two..."

    I and in transition between what he is describing as the two times periods in your spiritual life. it is eye opening.

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    Sandy Angle SAN ANGELO, TX, US 01-05-17
    Sandy Angle SAN ANGELO, TX, US 01-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent, Brilliant, Insightful."

    Richard Rohr is one of my favorite authors! Many years ago, his book, Radical Grace, was extremely helpful in my introduction to the Catholic faith. I highly recommend his balanced and insightful wisdom!

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    Leah A. 12-15-16
    Leah A. 12-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A completely accurate description of the journey"

    This is a beautiful reading by Father Rohr of his book. I felt like he was sitting in the room with me, advising me on my journey. This book was a beautiful relief to me that I am not alone in my experience of the divine and loss of my false self. I highly recommend it. ❤

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