Thursday, September 29, from 7 am – 8 am
Early Risers will resume on Thursday, September 29 at 7 am. We will be reading Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr. Rohr is a Franciscan priest who has written more than twenty books. Here is a short summary of the book:
In the first half of life, we are naturally and rightly preoccupied with establishing our identity–climbing, achieving, and performing. But those concerns will not serve us as we grow older and begin to embark on a further journey, one that involves challenges, mistakes, loss of control. broader horizons, and necessary suffering….Eventually we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of “falling down”–that is in fact moving upward–is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world’s religions, including and most especially Christianity…. Rohr explores how our failings can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth…how we grow spiritually more by doing it wrong than by doing it right….With rare insight, Rohr takes us on a journey to give us an understanding of how the heartbreaks, disappointments, and first loves of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store for us.
The church will not be ordering the books for us this time around. We ask each person to purchase their own book through a local bookstore, Amazon, or obtain from a local library. We will be discussing the two introductions of the book on September 29.
We will meet on Zoom using the following link: