Falling Upward

A book by Richard Rohr

In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.” Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as “falling upward.” In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness.
Explains why the second half of life can and should be full of spiritual richness
Offers a new view of how spiritual growth happens and how loss is gain
This important book explores the counterintuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right–a fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life.

REVIEW:  I’d like to give it a thumbs-up as an eye-opening, thoughtful and spiritually rich guide for living, giving and growing, especially for those of us beyond a certain age – Dave Long, WI

USE CASES: Read this independently to reflect on spirituality and aging.  Read this as a small group or in with 1-2 other men to begin to create bonds with each other.

SPEED BUMPS: Some readers may not come from the same theological corner as the author.

ASSOCIATED RESOURCES: N/A

 

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