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Falling Upward

A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

by Richard Rohr

Average rating of5.0from (2)reviews

A profound & encouraging read, Richard Rohr shares how failing can actually be a good thing

  • Want to know what spiritual growth really means?

  • A wide-reaching look at how spiritual failings can bring greater spiritual growth

  • You'll be encouraged not let situations weigh you down spiritually

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    Richard Rohr

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    SPCK Publishing

  • Published

    August 2012

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Falling Upward

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In Falling Upward, Fr Richard Rohr offers a new understanding of one of life's most profound mysteries: how our failing can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth.

Drawing on the wisdom from time-honoured myths, heroic poems, great thinkers and sacred religious texts, the author explores the two halves of life to show that those who have fallen, failed, or 'gone down' are the only ones who understand 'up'. The heartbreaks, disappointments and loves of the first half of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half has in store for us.

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. An internationally known speaker, he teaches on such themes as adult Christian spirituality, men’s spirituality, and politics and spirituality, and has published many books, including Falling Upward and Immortal Diamond (SPCK, 2012 and 2013 respectively).


  • Author

    Richard Rohr

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    SPCK Publishing

  • Published

    August 2012

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  • Dimensions

    126 x 176 x 19 mm

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  • Author/Creator: Richard Rohr

  • ISBN: 9780281068913

  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing

  • Release Date: August 2012

  • Weight: 214g

  • Dimensions: 126 x 176 x 19 mm

  • Eden Code: 4038259


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3 years ago


Haven’t finished this yet but if you’ve had a mid-life crisis then maybe it was also a mid- life spiritual crisis. Richard Rohr guides you sensitively to a place of spiritual renewal.

Elaine Smith .

Elaine Smith .


11 years ago

Falling Upward

Rohr's thesis in writing the book is that, "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 our physical life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling can largely be experienced as falling upward and onward, into a broader and deeper world, where the soul has found its fullness, is finally connected to the whole and lives inside the big picture." (p153)

Rohr divides life into two stages, in the first stage we try to gain security and meaning for our lives. Rohr pictures this as building a "strong container" or "identity" (pxiii), in the second stage of life we begin to fill the "container" with meaning.

Falling upwards is about how we deal with those experiences or failures in our lives, we stumble and fall, our own resources are not sufficient. The experience can be used to push us into a deeper relationship with God, instead of falling down we fall up into God's hands. This leads on to our spiritual life developing and filling the "container" we made in the first stage of life with meaning.

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