Joyce Rupp brings new life to the ageless spiritual image of the door, weaving insights from East and West with the wisdom of contemporary spiritual writers, poets, and novelists in a practical format that is just right for contemporary readers. Structured as a daily prayer guide for everyday use over six weeks, each day offers a thematic reflection, a guided meditation, an original prayer, a thoughtful question, and a related scripture quote. A built-in guide for small groups makes this the perfect resource for groups of all kinds as well as individuals.
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 Goodbyes, Open 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.
This immensely creative and spiritually refreshing work unravels a treasure trove of insights and meanings from the image of a door. Rupp did a similar thing when she started with a cup in The Cup of Our Life, and we are glad she has returned to this capacious structure.
- Spirituality & Practice
Open the Door is vintage Joyce Rupp. Her spiritual depth and command of rich resources enable her to engage and invite to the deep heart's core. The daily practices she outlines are like latchkeys to the soul; there we may find our true self in the presence of God. This is the most life-giving door you will ever open. Though the key is on the inside, the locksmith Rupp will help.
- Thomas Groome, Professor of Theology and Religious Education, Boston College
Joyce Rupp's value as a guide for the spiritual journey is without question. In Open the Door her consistently strong and effective insights and exercises lead the reader step by step into the 'holy site' within.
- Paula D'Arcy, Author of Sacred Threshold
Joyce Rupp is one of the best Christian spiritual guides writing today. In her new book she gently, wisely, and compassionately opens the door to a deeper life of prayer and a closer life with God.
- Rev. James Martin, S.J., Author of My Life with the Saints
The short reflections, meditations, and prayers provided in Open the Door are sure to take us to new depths of wisdom and insight. An insightful and creative approach to deepening and enriching the spiritual journey for personal or group reflection.
- Edith Prendergast, R.S.C., Director of Religious Education Archdiocese of Los Angeles