Review: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life


Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an interesting approach to the prevalent attitude in our society that youth and the energies and preoccupations of youth are more important than maturity and age.

The book explores what it means to live the second half of life – which is not just 40 years and upwards, but is more about the way that attitudes, aspirations and goals change in a healthy and spiritually aware human as they grow older.

It’s quite possible to be a first half of life human for the whole of your life, this falling upwards is not easy. It involves letting go of a lot of our assumptions about what success means, how we think about big issues and how we relate to each other.

Richard Rohr is a Franciscan monk who lives in the USA at the Centre for Action and Contemplation. He is ecumenical and very open minded and that is reflected in this work – so if you think that everything is black and white, and that arguments are always dualistic then this work will challenge you.

He has a chatty and approachable style. Sometimes it feels as if he is telling you about how great he is just a little, but having heard him speak on various podcasts I am sure that wasn’t his intention.

I’d recommend it, wherever you are in teh spiritual journey, but particularly if you are moving beyond that magic age of 40 as a way of re-calibrating your view of what it means to be in the second half of life

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