Falling Upward - Richard Rohr

Falling Upward

By Richard Rohr

  • Release Date: 2011-02-11
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Score: 4.5
From 237 Ratings


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.


  • Thank you

    By Mike Lowe-Jonez
    This book really gave me the courage and motivation to really start looking towards for something special now. It’s up to me to figure out with what I want to do with the knowledge I learned from this reading this amazing book.
  • Vital!

    By SambiC
    This is one of the books that needs to be on the shelf of anyone who even runs the risk of influencing another human.
  • Falling Upward

    By jejejwkejrbvyvehw
    He is a wise sage relating what is within each person’s grasp if we choose to walk the second half of life in humility.
  • Something wrong with this author and book.

    By Very Happy Apple Customer
    This book is a difficult psychological read and struck me as brilliant, but strangely empty and arrogant. It is well documented citing numerous authors but It does not strike a spiritual nerve in a positive way like the Road Less Traveled or The Tools of Phil Stutz and Barry Michals. The anti-duality thinking he proposes as necessary in later life strikes me as convoluted and perhaps twists the words of Jesus to fit his theme that cultural right and wrong must be tempered and blend as we age to reach a state of wisdome. Too simplistic. Physically we all grow old and loose our hormones and zest for life to a degree but this does not necessarily mean we have lived our life inadequately, God is merciful and will ease all issues associated with our lives particularly when we show faith and hope in our beautiful Father. Focusing on others in the “dance” is a good thing, he advocates, but the bottom line for me is that the Peace of Christ does not propagate from this book. Beware.
  • Falling Upward

    By Jwalczuk
    I know this was wildly popular but I found it more philosophical than Biblical. I was disappointed.
  • Inspired

    By MikerCbiker
    This book has inspired me to look deeply at myself, I feel that I’m in between the “first & second half” of my life, Richard Rohr has challenged what I thought and makes me want examine what I know.
  • Clarity

    By Treebobmsu
    As a cradle Catholic I have been on a journey away from my church to a stronger faith in my God. This book help me to understand that I am on a journey to true self. It clarified that my transition to my second half of life is a healthy and desirable thing. Thank you Bob Stoddard
  • An All-Time favorite of Mine!

    By Dvalmusic
    This book, like many of Rohr's books, must be read and re-read. It is so chock full of nuggets of wisdom! I didn't want to miss one thing so I read it three times! This book helped me at a time where I was breaking out of my very tightly constructed box. Now my life is a "Yes!" I'm alive with wonder and a heart full of joy! Many things have happened to facilitate this transformation in me. Rohr's books have been pivotal.
  • Falling up

    By Gin Brilll
    a very remarkable book, The author is gifted with great insight and the skills it required to put all into words.
  • Falling upward

    By Fr. Don kirchner,Cssr
    As I begin my seventh decade, I found this work very rewarding and profound. I would recommend it for all baby boomers who are entering a new (but rich) phase of life.