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Falling Upward

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Falling Upward

A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
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A fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout lifeIn Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those...More
A fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout lifeIn Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those...More
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  • A fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life

    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?loss is gain
    • Richard. Rohr is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines

    This important book explores the counterintuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right.

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About the Author-
  • Fr. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1986, where he presently serves as Founding Director. Fr. Rohr is the author of more than twenty books, an internationally known speaker, and a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines, and the CAC's quarterly journal, Radical Grace.

Table of Contents-
  • The Invitation to a Further Journey vii

    Introduction xiii

    1 The Two Halves of Life 1

    2 The Hero and Heroine's Journey 17

    3 The First Half of Life 25

    4 The Tragic Sense of Life 53

    5 Stumbling over the Stumbling Stone 65

    6 Necessary Suffering 73

    7 Home and Homesickness 87

    8 Amnesia and the Big Picture 97

    9 A Second Simplicity 105

    10 A Bright Sadness 117

    11 The Shadowlands 127

    12 New Problems and New Directions 137

    13 Falling Upward 153

    Coda 161

    Notes 169

    Bibliography 177

    The Author 183

    Index 185

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  • Publishers Weekly, April 11, 2011 Franciscan priest Rohr (The Naked Now) is a big-picture kind of thinker when it comes to characterizing the human journey. Life has two halves; life follows the pattern of a hero/heroine's journey; life is disorderly and inherently tragic. Elders and mystics are more inclined to such sweeping and subtle observations, and Rohr, born in 1943, fits in both categories. Rohr writes about spirituality in broad terms, but is deeply grounded in the writings and thinkers of his Catholic religious tradition. His discussion of familiar theological concerns--the necessity of suffering, the opportunities provided by mistakes--is fresh because imaginative and vigorous. His metaphors ("discharging your loyal soldier"), paradoxes (see the book's title), and arguments are not, however, easy to follow or even easy to summarize. They will frustrate some readers, but delight others who are attentive enough to follow the connections Rohr makes. This small, provocative book will make a particularly good gift for a thoughtful, spiritually open man. (May)
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