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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

Critic Reviews

"[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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Seems. Richard knew I needed this book

I listened every change I got. He described the thing I've found in my own life where I've asked the questions and had doubts about what I was taught in the early part of my Christian experience. He described the much deeper and more comfortable walk these days at a later point in life, looking at things from a different perspective but not wanting to change everyone who hasn't walked in my shoes. It was wonderfully refreshing and encouraging.

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Beautiful

A true example of how it all works for the good. Beautiful. A must read for those who want to look beyond the surface - do some work to become the person God intended.

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A meditation

This book is a meditation & affirmation that speaks directly to the unconscious & unconditionally loving part of our souls.

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enlightened

this is a very inspiring book that helps person understand the two stages of life and the need to find meaning and service in the latter part of one's life

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Becoming Real

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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Awesome!!

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

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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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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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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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Deceptive and self contradictory

The useful insights of this book are usually coming from psychology and life experience but are mixed with too many instances in which he makes physicists, psychologists, Jesus, Bonaventura and Francis of Assisi say things that they are obviously not saying if one reads the original documents (I went back to check the sources of his quotes). Yes, in other words, he feigns a Christian orthodoxy in which he, obviously, does not believe anymore, in order to seduce you into believing as he does (A New Age combo of beliefs)
And then he is absolutely dogmatic in his "non dogmatism", piling up insults on those who reach different conclusions than he does.