5. Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, by Fr. Richard Rohr
A fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life. In Falling Upward, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.” 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…This important book explores the counterintuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right.
My 2 Cents: Father Richard Rohr reminds me a great deal of William Paul Young, author of another favorite book, The Shack. In Falling Upward, Fr. Rohr gives the reader permission to question and patiently reminds us all that bumps and bruises are a part of the journey, leading us toward a full life with God.