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Fragments of Your Ancient Name: 365 Glimpses of the Divine for Daily Meditation Hardcover – April 11, 2011

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A deeply personal collection of moving meditations drawing upon and reflecting the universal wisdom shining through the texts and teachers of the world's religious traditions. This is a collection for people open enough to the Divine to no longer pretend that God speaks from only one text or tradition. Yet this is more than a collection of readings, and Ms. Rupp's short directions for practice help us live what we read that the wisdom of the page becomes a part of our lives and the lives of those we touch. --Rabbi Rami Shapir, Author of Recovery, The Sacred Art

A lovely bedside book to be reached for upon opening eyes in the morning or just before sleep, a multi-voiced, beautiful reassurer of the spirit. --Sylvia Boorstein, Author of Happiness Is an Inside Job

A rich kaleidoscope of divinity! Whatever you notion of God, this book will take you way beyond cultural and religious definitions into an expansive divine feast, embracing all humanity's naming and experience of God. Awesome and inspiring!--Edwina Gateley, Poet, Author, and International Speaker

Insight, intelligence and love are upon these pages. A line from this volume read, 'This day I join my heart with all living beings. ' If one has that glorious wish or prayer--this beautiful and significant book will help. --Daniel Ladinsky, Translator of The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, The Great Sufi Master

A lovely bedside book to be reached for upon opening eyes in the morning or just before sleep, a multi-voiced, beautiful reassurer of the spirit. --Sylvia Boorstein, Author of Happiness Is an Inside Job

Insight, intelligence and love are upon these pages. A line from this volume read, 'This day I join my heart with all living beings. ' If one has that glorious wish or prayer--this beautiful and significant book will help. --Daniel Ladinsky, Translator of The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, The Great Sufi Master

About the Author

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, a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community, and the co-director of The Institute of Compassionate Presence. Joyce Rupp resides in Des Moines, Iowa, and can be visited online at joycerupp.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sorin Books; 1 edition (April 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933495286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933495286
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.4 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur VINE VOICE on March 6, 2011
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Litanies, or the repeating of various names of Jesus or Mary, as a form of prayer has a long tradition in the Catholic Church. In "Fragments of Your Ancient Name," Joyce Rupp explores 365 names for God - one for each day of the year. We can never fully name God - He is a reality beyond our understanding. "The names that humans provide to portray this sacred essence contain only a hint of the one who stirs within the heart and life of each created being. . . [yet] each glimpse allows us a step further on the bridge uniting us with this eternal goodness."

Rupp reaches both within and outside of her own Judeo-Christian background for the source of these names. As she states, "I learned not to be afraid that the names used by other religions might take away from my own relationship with God. . .If we can open our minds and hearts, we may well find that the varied attributes of divinity expand our vision of who `God' is and draw us deeper into relationship with the Holy One." Therefore, within these pages one will find familiar names such as "Father" and "Abba" and "Blessed Trinity" along with unfamiliar titles such as "Shakti" and "The Clement." There are also many less traditional names for God. For example, "Mother of the Weary," "Deep Well," and "Tear-Wiper" are all included.

Each day features a name for God, the source of that name, a reflection, and a task for the day relating to the given aspect of God. This book need not be used in chronological order, however. One could simply open the book and find a page that speaks to the reader at that moment. No doubt some will become favorites and be referred to again and again.

"Fragments of Your Ancient Name" will challenge readers to expand how they think about, and name, God. It is a wonderful source of inspiration.
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Once again, Joyce Rupp has produced an outstanding book to deepen one's spiritual life. I am always confident when I buy anything she writes that I will be blessed....this book definitely fits that category.

After enduring the phrase "Father, God" a zillion times, I now have 364 more names that I can call upon when I want to invoke the Divine....and I'm sure I'll share this book with some of my friends and family who seem to only see God as Male and a Father.

The 10 phrase prayer for each name is perfect for using a Chaplet of prayer beads with each day's offering.
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Joyce Rupp's words are constant companions in my spiritual life. This beautiful book is the beginning to each day.
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This is a beautiful little book of reflections that are ideal for busy people. Each page is a simple thought for the day. I haven't gone through a year with it yet, but the daily reflections I have read have brought both insight and inspiration to my days so far. I'm looking forward to the next several months.
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While I very much love the idea behind this book, Rupp's handling of it is flawed. Specifically, Rupp's consistant phobia of transcendence sabotages her entire project and is especially jarring when she "includes" names of transcendence only in the next breath to reject or rob them of their meaning. Her meditation for January 31st is a perfect example where she "includes" the Name "Holy One" only to flat out deny its meaning.

I know I can't be the only one who takes great comfort and strength from meditating on the One who is both utterly beyond my human comprehension AND closer to me than my own breath. Transcendence is at least as much a quality of the Divine as Immanence, and Rupp's work suffers from her rejection of it.

I was really hoping to find a book of meditations that spans as much as humanly possible the Names of the Divine. Unfortunately this isn't it.
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This is my second copy of Fragment of Your Ancient Name. I read, reread and re-reread my original copy so many times, it's falling apart. I so wish Joyce Rupp would write a new year long devotional book. She is so inspired and inspiring.
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This book contains meditative ten-line poems that explore the various aspects or "names" of God. Drawn from several religious traditions, the prayer-poems are lovely, intimate, and profound. Their simplicity helps make the experience of the loving Divine Presence immediate and personal. This is a book to keep on the night stand, within easy reach.
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Drawing from texts across ages and traditions, Joyce Rupp has used these names of God as a starting point for beautiful, poetic reflections that are succinct and soul-searching. The concluding daily mantra is a perfect summary of the power of the name to transform the mindful reader.
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