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Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self


8th July 2013 Christian Books 24 Comments

The long-awaited book from best-selling spiritual guide Joyce Rupp, creatively leads readers to explore how the image of the door can guide them in a process of discovering their true self.

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.


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  • 24 responses to "Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self"

  • Scott McKenzie
    3:04 on July 8th, 2013
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    It has taken me some time to pray through this book. I find it sometimes takes me three days to work through one day. (*: I am just finishing Week 4, and have learned things about myself, though I am old enough to know myself quite well! I enjoy Sr. Joyce Rupp’s sharing her personal life experiences which help me see my own life experience through different facets. I often have seen God’s hand work through her writings, and to me, this is one of her best! I am definitely blessed by this book and recommend it for spiritual growth.

  • CharlesJ
    5:04 on July 8th, 2013
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    In The Cup of Our Life, Joyce Rupp, OSM, offers practical suggestions and meaningful content to aide the spiritual pilgrim in developing a deeper and more intimate relationship with God. Once again, she draws on her own lived experience in offering insight, prayer practices, and meditations that will help the reader connect the routine of her/his life to a growing communion with a loving God.

    Organized on a daily basis, Rupp’s book encourages the reader to use an ordinary cup (or mug) to invite God more closely into one’s pain, suffering, joys, hopes and struggles. She explores six major themes in the spiritual life, each one followed by prayer suggestions including litanies, creative writing, ideas for reflection and journal-keeping, and a celebratory ritual. Throughout, the author manifests a profound trust in the transformative power of the in-dwelling God, and in the dailiness of God’s presence with all those who seek with a genuine heart.

    Rupp’s style is informal, accessible, poetic and, at times, profoundly moving. She is a fine writer and spiritual guide, sharing her experiential insights with great freedom, clarity and lyric simplicity. This is a book I have returned to more than once for its prayerful sensitivity, poetic language and wisdom. I recommend it highly.

  • Mike Hunt
    5:27 on July 8th, 2013
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    I began this book just as we had said good bye to our dear son-in-law for his deployment to Iraq. Our lives were filled with sadness and worry. Joyce’s book offers hope, possibilities, and openness to change. What lies ahead, none of us knows. Her continuous theme of being open to adventures that are part of change filled me with hope. The analogy of the door is all encompassing: the door to our hearts (first) and then the doors to opportunities. I must embrace the changes that are just on the other side of the door. Joyce reminds us through her stories, poem, and suggestions for reflection that possibilities are endless if we are open to them.

  • John Domenico
    8:17 on July 8th, 2013
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    I am using this book with a group of 8 women. They pray with the material and then we meet once a week to discuss it and use the group sharing ideas in the back of the book. Would highly recommend it.

  • gcoaster
    11:39 on July 8th, 2013
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    I found this book very helpful. It’s daily readings are short and cut right to the heart! Rupp’s insights are not theoretical but practical – born from experience. Our church will use this book as a series for Lent. It fits the time and the theme perfectly. The only trouble I had was keeping coffee out of the cup I used for the reflections!

  • laureil
    14:02 on July 8th, 2013
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    This is an absolutely inspiring book. I haven’t completed the whole program yet, but so far it’s wonderful!

  • neilw
    16:37 on July 8th, 2013
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    Joyce Rupp is a well-known speaker and writer in the area of Christian spiritual growth, and a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) faith community. She leads retreats all over the world, and has written six other books on faith development and the Christian life.

    This book is designed for personal and group use-and Rupp uses the images of coffee mugs to help start and move the prayerful discussion along. Broken cups and broken lives-empty, half-full and overflowing cups-all with solid Biblical connections which will be familiar and fresh to the reader at one and the same time.

    It is a joy to see how a simple, everyday object can be the vehicle for Christ-centered conversation and contemplation. There are many ideas in this book which would help a couple, or a group of Christian friends, or an intentional small group, Sunday School class, or one soul in source of being filled with the gifts the Spirit provides.

    Rupp structures the book as Weeks and Days; she also provides suggestions for group use-so if you are a facilitator, most of the work is done for you.

    Of course, to benefit from A CUP OF BLESSING, you will need to bring along your mug and an open, expectant mind. And you will befit, if you do.

    If you find this review helpful you might want to read some of my other reviews, including those on subjects ranging from biography to architecture, as well as religion and fiction

  • Eva Hagans
    18:24 on July 8th, 2013
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    Joyce Rupp has done it again. Her combination of Scripture, poetry and her good guidance can enable anyone to travel ‘within’ and companion his/her Spirit on their life’s journey. Wonderful Joyce, thanks again. C

  • Bruno Vian
    23:03 on July 8th, 2013
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    Four of us teachers have met together since the beginning of Lent and this is our second book that we have used in our group. This is a beautiful book,that all of us have agreed,has increased our spirituality and drawn us closer to God and to others around us. We are almost ready for another book to continue our growth and are seriously looking at some of her other books.
    This was well worth the money and has been very helpful for us in our daily and spiritual growth.

  • iProduct
    0:22 on July 9th, 2013
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    This devotional is very good. Touches part of my life that no other has touched. How often do books speak to your little dark hidden sins? We know they exist. So rarely do they get the light they need to teach us.

  • Microsquish
    1:52 on July 9th, 2013
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    “Open the Door” by Joyce Rupp helped me dive deeper into my spiritual life. Her questions are keys to opening doors that may be stuck, may be difficult to open, doors that are hidden or avoided. For if you want to engage in a six week process that invites you to explore your inner worlds, this book is a must.

  • Mike Dee
    5:48 on July 9th, 2013
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    A book that is easy to use as the motivational force for a Retreat with friends. It is divided into sections for daily use and includes all you need to make the Retreat successful. A great buy for the person seeking to develop their spirituality.

  • Angie McAdams
    7:03 on July 9th, 2013
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    The stories shared in the book helps you to relate to stories in your life. Our group found it helps you get intune with your spirituality.

  • dreamin
    11:42 on July 9th, 2013
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    Joyce Rupp at her best. I’ve had the privilidge of hearing Joyce at a conference. This book helps me to “hear” her once again.

  • Jared E. Ingram
    12:10 on July 9th, 2013
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    This is one of the most satisfying, uplifting, and encouraging devotion books I’ve read in many years. It’s thought-provoking without being ‘preachy’. I love the way the chapters are set up and the quotes included in each chapter are awesome.

    And we can all relate to the cup as a metaphor for our lives…whether empty, full, overflowing or even cracked! I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a devotion book that really relates to everyday life…..you won’t be disappointed.

  • Hysterical
    12:22 on July 9th, 2013
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    I had borrowed the book and it was so enlightening, I then decided to purchase it.

  • pedrito
    14:50 on July 9th, 2013
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    This is an exceptional book for spiritual seekers. Joyce Rupp offers a daily practice with reflection, scripture, questions for journaling. The process is 6 weeks and at the end of each week there is time to review that week. She asks questions that take you deep into your process. The book also can be used in a group setting. It is also very inclusive, open to the human experience.

  • Paul Bursey
    18:08 on July 9th, 2013
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    This is one of the most eye-opening books hat I have read in recent years. It must be read quietly and meditatively so take your time when you read it. There is much richness and food for thought in this book.

  • WIlltra
    20:00 on July 9th, 2013
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    I have been following Joyce Rupp for 6 years now. I was grieving a great loss when I stumbled upon “Praying Our Goodbyes”. Since then, I have obtained all of her books. I feel that anytime I can read her books is just a blessing. I feel that The Cup Of Our Life slowly opens up our hearts to the treaures that lie within. I can’t say enough about this book and the author.

    Carym@tellink.net

  • diodx
    23:15 on July 9th, 2013
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    Joyce Rupp is not only a master at writing on spiritual topics but she lives them…and that is evident in this book especially through her sharings. I am using this book as a Lenten retreat with three different groups: 8 women on Tuesday mornings during Lent; 30 people on Mondays; 10 people on Sundays. Everyone is looking forward to our gatherings! Thank you, Joyce, for a book that opens all kinds of doors especially the door to the heart so that we can access our loving God!

  • Platform-A
    4:28 on July 10th, 2013
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    I am using this book with my adult women’s Sunday School class as a study during lent. We are learning to practiced the discipline of daily prayer.
    The women are loving it. The hands on use of the cup is wonderful. The corporate prayer rituals at the end of each week which are in the badk are
    great. I would recommend the use of this book to anyone either just as a personal study or to use with a group.

  • You're Kidding
    11:07 on July 10th, 2013
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    The best I have found for meditation. It helps you open the door to spirituality

  • jennie
    13:25 on July 10th, 2013
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    The book is structured for a long course in looking deep inside our soul. I found most of the suggestions very useful and exactly the type of information I needed for group exercises. I used a few for just my use and encourage anyone with the Big Question “Why am I here?” to ponder this process. Joyce Rupp is a deep introspective person with more than enough spirituality to share with the world.

  • MP Nunan
    16:19 on July 10th, 2013
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    Short well written devotitionals for women of all ages. I purchased 6 extra copies to use as gifts. Makes a great group study or individual study.

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