In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world's religions. Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand up. We grow spiritually more by doing it wrong than by doing it right, and the disappointments of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys in the second half of life.
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The path to spiritual awakening starts with a little failure. That’s the core belief of forward-thinking Christian philosopher and Franciscan priest Richard Rohr. Rohr explores how many of us spend our youth searching, making mistakes, and looking for answers in institutions that all too often fail us—including organized religion. It’s in life’s second half that real spiritual development happens, as we learn from all those earlier failures. Bypassing dogma and doctrine, Rohr makes a beautiful case for embracing our worst moments as opportunities to gain real insights into our lives. As a reader, Rohr radiates the gentle calm of a great teacher. Falling Upward might just make you look forward to your next failure—and everything you’ll gain from it.