Apr 23 4 Comments

Falling upward

Walking into the unknown

Steve is always reading all these heavy, intellectual and very deep books. I wish I did too, but my excuse is that while he does his reading, I take care of his kids…And then, one of the added benefits of having a reading husband, is that he tells me about the books he has read and then I don’t have to read it myself. There is a book, however, that he has told me he really wants me to read. I say: “I am still ploughing through Anna Karennina and then there are my big academic books that I am doing for the classes I am taking. When am I going to read this thing?” He has no answer to this, but keeps bringing up how great it will be for me to read.

So the other day, on the airplane to the north of Norway I picked it up and started reading. Already in the introduction I found reasons to underline. Yes, I thought, it will be good for me to read this.

The book is called Falling Upward, and is written by Richard Rohr. 

This is a quote I read and liked: The familiar and habitual are so falsely reassuring, and most of us make our homes there permanently. The new is always by definition unfamiliar and untested, so God, life, destiny, suffering have to give us a push—usually a big one—or we will not go.

Tell me about it! 




  • stevegumaer says:

    I’m lucky to have you beside me travelling untested ways through the woods.

  • Lois says:

    I’ve just reserved this at the library. I’ll have to try and not underline in it though!

    • oddnygumaer says:

      Lois, I am glad you got the book. You are going to love it. That is the problem with borrowing books from the library: You cannot underline them. Just keep a notebook besides you and write down the good quotes! 🙂

  • Kathleen says:

    LOVE this book. I’m a bit late in noticing it. RRohr is so helpful in today’s world. Thank you.