We all have our own unique goodbyes - times when we lose someone or something that has given our lives meaning and value. With the touch of a poet, Joyce Rupp has written a book about "these experiences of leaving behind and moving on, the stories of union and separation that are written in all our hearts." Praying Our Goodbyes, she says, is about the spirituality of change.
It is a book for anyone who has experienced loss, whether it be a job change, the end of a friendship, the death of a loved one, a financial struggle, a mid-life crisis or an extended illness. It is designed to help readers reflect, ritualize, and re-orient themselves to help heal the hurts caused by goodbyes and the anxieties encountered by change.
While focusing on the spiritual aspect of loss, Rupp maintains a sound theological and psychological grounding. She bases her reflections on scripture and treats a number of themes: the "ache" common to humankind, how to identify particular aches, attitudes toward suffering, Jesus and goodbyes, the life of "pilgrims" and the freedom of letting go. Each chapter concludes with probing questions, and the book ends with 24 prayer experiences incorporating images, symbols and rituals as sources of strength and steppingstones toward healing.
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 Rupp's 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