Author(s): Richard Rohr
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.
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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.
The Invitation to a Further Journey. Introduction. 1 The Two Halves of Life. 2 The Hero and Heroine's Journey. 3 The First Half of Life. 4 The Tragic Sense of Life. 5 Stumbling over the Stumbling Stone. 6 Necessary Suffering. 7 Home and Homesickness. 8 Amnesia and the Big Picture. 9 A Second Simplicity. 10 A Bright Sadness. 11 The Shadowlands. 12 New Problems and New Directions. 13 Falling Upward. Coda. Notes. Bibliography. The Author. Index.