How often have you searched in vain for just the right prayer or ritual for a small group or parish gathering? How many times have you spent an hour looking for a brief reflection for you faith sharing group or pastoral team? Search no further. Whether its Advent or Pentecost, a birthday or Valentines Day, Joyce Rupp has just what you are looking for. Out of the Ordinary contains over 125 thoughtful compositions drawn from the authors treasure trove of never before published work. Joyce Rupp, whose books have proven to be thoughtful and prayerful companions to their many readers, offers here prayer resources for a wide variety of needs and times. Including resources for both groups and individuals, these prayers, rituals, guided visualizations, reflections, and poems can be used to open or close meetings, or as the centerpiece of prayer sessions or day of recollection. And when used in the context of worship and small group prayer, they can be duplicated without cost or written permission. In addition, there is a collection of prayerful, Taize-like chants that Rupp composed to accompany the many rituals in the book.
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.
'Joyce Rupp is one of the best Christian spiritual guides writing today.'
, James Martin, S.J. Author of My Life with the Saints)
'Joyce Rupps value as a guide for the spiritual journey is without question.'
, Paula DArcy Author of Sacred Threshold
'Joyce Rupp has the remarkable ability to help people find God in their everyday experience. Her writing offers clear and practical guidance for all who are on the journey of faith.'
, Robert R. Bimonte, F.S.C. Executive Director NCEA Elementary Department