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My Soul Feels Lean

Poems of Loss and Restoration

Author(s): Joyce Rupp

ISBN13: 9781933495569

ISBN10: 1933495561

Publisher: Ave Maria Press (30 Mar 2013)

Extent: 176 Pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 20.2 x 1.8 x 14 cm

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  • Long beloved for her artful prayers, bestselling author Joyce Rupp presents an entirely new collection of over 100 meditative poems on a theme she's woven masterfully through all her writing - the pain of loss and the hope of restoration. My Soul Feels Lean is a journey into compassion. Drawing on insights from her Christian faith and her lifelong connection to the Iowa farmland of her birth, Rupp offers here sensitive insights on the pain of loss and the renewal she finds when she is willing to let go and trust.



    Rupps leanness of soul has taught her to observe and celebrate the harsh beauty of life. Loss has encouraged me to find joy and meaning here instead of pining for it elsewhere, she writes, to live more simply and be content with less, to appreciate more fully what I now have. Rupp interlaces threads of loneliness, fear, disenchantment, and sorrow with strands of gratitude, patience, expectation, and joy: the result is a tapestry of hope and resilience. Each poem is an invitation to awareness of the present moment and the power of revitalising grace.


    Table of contents:



    My Soul




    My Soul Feels Lean

    Is Anything Left?

    You Wonder

    Goodbye to Summer

    I Lose Myself, Find My Self

    Go toward That Which Repels

    Inner Freedom

    Leave Them Behind

    Katy and Theresa


    Kenyan Thirst

    Coveted Growth


    Love So Easily Gets Lost

    The Terrorist

    The Death of Friendship


    She Feels Old at Twenty-Eight


    The Screaming Greedy for Too Many Things

    Saying All the Wrong Things

    Mistaken Perceptions

    The Strongest Friendship

    Wealthy Woman

    Palm Sunday

    The Lone Evening Star

    Blue Jay Heart

    The Old Cottonwood

    These Gray Winter Days

    Azalea Leaves

    Pinnacles of Winter

    April Goldfinches

    One Lone Goose

    Ninety Years

    Death Invades My Days

    Crushing Coincidences

    My Fear of Losing You


    He’s Burying His Mother Today

    On the Death of Sister Flavia





    After the Funeral

    Grief Has Come to My House Anger

    You Keep Your Sorrow

    Uncontrolled Grief

    Taste the Sadness


    The Creaks and Cries of a Heart




    I Hear Spring Breathing

    Surprising Surrender

    Light in the Eyes of the Dying

    For a Brief Moment

    New Zealand Rainforest

    Franklin Gulls

    New Year’s Day

    Don’t Run

    The Ice Storm

    Not So Afraid

    Melody of My Soul

    A Steady Rain

    Migrating Pelicans

    January Moon



    Frozen Songs

    At Night

    Last Leaf on the Tree on My Way From Mankato to St. Paul

    Changing the Landscape

    An Exile Coming Home


    Easter Joy

    The Memory of a Hand






    Watching Each Other Age

    Seven Sisters

    Silent Nudge of Confidence

    Taking Back Her Life

    The Best of You

    Waiting for a Return

    The Pine Grove

    Winter Invitation

    With Each Flying-by Year

    The Robin in January

    Watching Rain


    Easter Watch

    How Many Loves Now

    Shabby and Awkward

    When Winter Wears Long Writing


    Home Free

    Snake Charmer


    Live This Day



    Index of Titles and First Lines 

  • Joyce Rupp

    Joyce Rupp is well-known for her work as a writer, spiritual midwife, international retreat leader, and conference speaker. She is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Praying Our GoodbyesOpen the Door, and Fragments of Your Ancient Name. Rupp is a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community and the codirector of the Institute of Compassionate Presence. She resides in Des Moines, Iowa.

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    An honest, personal, and uncompromising look at the reality of loss and despair that affects us all. Rupp takes us deeper into the journey with a powerful invitation to surrender to those moments of grace and healing that are available to us all in our darkest times. Authentic and deeply moving.

     - Edwina Gateley, poet, author, and speaker


    Full of lived experience, Joyce Rupp shows how loss is the teacher and acceptance the friend that opens the door to ‘peace with questions that have no answers.’

     - Gunilla Norris, Author of Simple Ways


    In My Soul Feels Lean, Joyce Rupp offers us a key to the soul’s deep places of loss and restoration. Open the door to her poetry and come on in; there will be rugged lands and flowering meadows—luring you into prayer and reflection.

     - Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B., Author of Seven Sacred Pauses

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