Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

Reviewed By: Andrea Juhan Ph.D.

My Review:

This is one of my favorite books. In it, Rohr fully unpacks the quote from Carl Jung.
“What is a normal goal to a young person becomes a neurotic hindrance in old age.”

Richard Rohr is an American author, spiritual writer, and Franciscan friar. Even if Christianity is not your religious orientation, Rohr is so full of humanity and Soul, in this work, and others, he consistently speaks to the deepest part of us.

He has articulated well the spiritual development necessary for the second part of life and the embrace of Soul as a real, an essential part of living a full, meaningful human existence. Often what we are longing for, or our plans are not in concert with the Eternal nature of our Soul. We may feel confused lost or suffer terribly, Rohr details a path towards finding our way.

Recommended by:

Andrea Juhan Ph.D.

Author: Richard Rohr

Language availability: English


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.

  • Explains why the second half of life can and should be full of spiritual richness
  • Offers a new view of how spiritual growth happens?loss is gain
  • Richard. Rohr is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines

This important book explores the counterintuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right–a fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life.

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