Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
Given the disparity, I'd suggest that the transition between Rohr's first and second half of life could occur anywhere between stages 6 and 8 in Erikson's model, though there's no definitive place for it to happen, and it may not happen at all. The only thing that does seem to fit between the two schemas would be Erikson's stage 5, which I believe must be worked through successfully or repaired later before completing Rohr's first half.
I hope this made sense and proves helpful. (less)
The journal contains quotations for reflection, journaling questions, and experiential exercises, all of which could be used by individuals or groups wishing to dig deeper into the concepts presented in the book. (less)
As part of my continuing exploration of spiritual books in preparation for a June retirement, I decided, on the recommendation of a trusted few, to read Richard Rohr's Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. I am glad I did.
Rohr has helped me realize that much of the impatience and frustration I have been feeling with certain trends in my profession (I am a teacher at a Catholic high school) may derive from the fact that my own path has moved beyond the institutional structure ...more
The index of words, some explained and others neglected, is missing Taoism, but t ...more
But alas it feel from the sky to the very depths of the underworld. I could not continue with it and stopped at Chapter 6 with 6 more chapters to go.
I was indeed looking forward to read about what it means to build a life in Christ. I did know from the start that Richard Rohr is a Catholic pries ...more
"Once you touch upon the Real, there is an inner insistence that the Real, if it is the Real, has to be forever."
This book is a guide for realizing your path, shedding your excess and becoming wiser. Its definitely not suited for most people under 40. As it states, it defines and targets the second phase of ones life; where most of the tools in your toolbox from the first phase ...more
the second full review is on my blog at http://bookwi.se/falling-upward/
I have given this book as a gift to somewhere between 40 and 50 people, which tells you how much I like it. It is one of the finest books I have read on the spiritual journey. I am considering using it in a spirituality and work class that I teach, even though the students are not at mid-life. I think the book addresses important concepts relevant to people of all ages, and all faiths.
I have read many of Richard Rohr's books, and this is amongst my favorites. While ...more
If you’re expecting a book about how the gospel and following Jesus lead us to maturity and into the “second half of life”, this is not the book for you. That was what I expected from a Franciscan priest. Father Richard Rohr has strayed so far from orthodoxy that anything and everything–Buddhism, Islam, Zen Masters and some out-of-context teachings of Jesus–can lead us to the second half of life. In this second half, he encourages us to to fall down and get back up through our own enlightenment...more
Beginning with the plight of Odysseus, (love the homeric reference material) Rohr highlights that the quest will be fraught with danger and temptation and will always be an invitation to go even further than what the initial task requires. Home is where the ...more
I'll be honest. This is not a book I can wholeheartedly recommend. While I found a number of useful insights, I thought the "spirituality" on which Rohr grounded these more reflective of a "blend" of Eastern and Western spirituality rather than the Catholic Christianity with which Father Rohr is most closely identi ...more
Many of his most helpful and thoughtful sayings are mixed with what read like simplistic put-downs of people living according to what he describes as the ...more
Caveat: After chapter 7 it was much more wishy-washy theologically than I am comfortable with. But that aside, I found the book encouraging.
What can Rohr find about old age, the ...more
I devoured this book. For me, it was a quick read (mostly because I read most of this on a 3 hour flight) but still very thoughtful. I can definitely foresee re-reading this again every few years, perhaps every 5 years. I may want to use different colors to annotate my copy to easily visualize which parts resonated more during different stages of my life. (And, yes, I own this now.)
It took me a bit to understand the author's premise of "falling upward" and I have a grasp of it. Yet, I ...more
This is not a book that can be, nor needs to be, read quickly. Each page, often each paragraph, holds ideas which explode into the mind and attach to the Spirit of the reader.
“We d ...more
For those familiar with Carl Jung's idea of individuation, this book will draw the reader into a further understanding and application of this theory. I am learning about myself, as I have moved into the second half of life, tha ...more
What do you mean by the two halves of life?
The phrase “two halves of life” was first popularized by Carl Jung, the Swiss psychologist. He says that there are two major tasks. In the first half [of life] you've got to find your identity, your significance; you create your ego boundaries, your ego structure, what I call “the creating of the container.” But that's just to get you started. In the second half of life, once you've created your ego structure, yo ...more
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