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Posted April 22, 2013

Book: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for Two Halves of Life
Author: Richard Rohr
Josseybass, an imprint of Wiley. San Francisco, CA, 2013. Pp. 181

An Excerpt from the Jacket:

In his bestselling book Falling Upward, Father Richard Rohr offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life"s mysteries: how our failings can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth. Throughout the book, he draws on the wisdom from time-honored myths, heroic poems, great thinkers, and sacred religious texts to demonstrate that we grow spiritually more by doing it wrong than by doing it right.

This Companion Journal helps those who have (and those who have not) read Falling Upward to engage more deeply with the questions the book raises. Its inspiring blend of resources for readers includes:

* Quotations for reflection

* Journaling questions

* Experiential exercises

An Excerpt from the Book:

In the second half of life, all that you avoided for the sake of a manufactured ego ideal starts coming back as a true friend and teacher. Doers become thinkers, feelers become doers, thinkers become feelers, extroverts become introverts, visionaries become practical and the practical ones long for vision.

In the second half of life, people have less power to infatuate you, but they also have much less power to control you or hurt you. It is the freedom of the second half not to need.

Table of Contents:

1. The two halves of life

2. The hero and the heroine"s journey

3. The first half of life

4. The tragic sense of life

5. Stumbling over the stumbling stone

6. Necessary suffering

7. Home and homesickness

8. Amnesia and the big picture

9. A second simplicity

10. A bright sadness

11. The shadowlands

12. New problems and new directions

13. Falling upward