Falling Upward : A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 4/19/2011
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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In Falling Upward, Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have gone "down" are the only ones who understand "up." Those who have somehow fallen, and fallen well, are the only ones who can grow spiritually and not misuse "up". More than anything else, he describes what "up" (in the second half of life) will look like and could look like.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, and life flows out from them naturally.

Author Biography

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 Journeyp. vii
Introductionp. xiii
The Two Halves of Lifep. 1
The Hero and Heroine's Journeyp. 17
The First Half of Lifep. 25
The Tragic Sense of Lifep. 53
Stumbling over the Stumbling Stonep. 65
Necessary Sufferingp. 73
Home and Homesicknessp. 87
Amnesia and the Big Picturep. 97
A Second Simplicityp. 105
A Bright Sadnessp. 117
The Shadowlandsp. 127
New Problems and New Directionsp. 137
Falling Upwardp. 153
Codap. 161
Notesp. 169
Bibliographyp. 177
The Authorp. 183
Indexp. 185
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