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Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  144 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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 p ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Sorin Books (first published August 31st 2008)
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Jeanne Gehret
Nov 27, 2011 Jeanne Gehret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It certainly took me a lot longer than the recommended six weeks to read this and do the meditations! More like four months. But that's because I needed to ponder and let insights sink in. I like Joyce's pluralistic approach to spirituality, which is well-grounded in Christianity but also brings in Tagore, Campbell, Taize, and many other faith traditions.
Joseph Marsan
Sep 11, 2011 Joseph Marsan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: individuals, small faith groups
An excellent book in many ways. Joyce Rupp mines the metaphor of the door in wonderful ways as an aid to discernment, spiritual growth, and self-discovery over the course of six-weeks. Used the small group process and prayer resource at the back of the book with a contemplative dialogue group at my was well received. Meditating on the daily reflection questions and journaling my responses was very helpful. I highly recommend this book for use by both individuals and groups.
Sep 08, 2009 Beret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of daily reflections, scripture verses, contemplations,questions, that challenge the reader to go inward, to be authentic, to discover the true self. I love this book. Joyce Rupp writes beautifully and gracefully. I feel held and loved reading this every day. I was sorry to see it come to an end. I now carry the "door" metaphor with me.
Cynthia  Scott
This book was was written to be a six week personal "workshop" and reflection on opening yourself to God and understanding who the real you is. I read the daily essay for each lesson straight through and found them to be full of wisdom. The author is a widely respected and much-loved leader of Christian retreats throughout the country.
Josee M
Feb 24, 2015 Josee M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Very insightful.
Nov 20, 2015 Janis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent devotional. Well-written and very easy to follow.
Jun 19, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book.
May 23, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every word of this book is beautiful.
Apr 17, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual-growth
My mom, sister, and I chose this book of reflections for Lent this year. This was the first Joyce Rupp book I've read, but have heard great things about her writing, and I agree.
Beth Booram
Aug 04, 2012 Beth Booram is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I read Cup of Our Life several years ago and loved it. This one has a similar feel and already has been a pleasure to read.
Liz Dean
I found some very nice insights about prayer in this book. It's a little "new age", but has a lot of value.
Diana Blair
Mar 19, 2009 Diana Blair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new metaphor for soul examination and reflection...the door.
Aug 14, 2012 Karin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with my book group...what an amazing experience!
Jan 23, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome book and a fantastic resource for self reflection
Jul 30, 2009 Sheila is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This is my current devotional/journaling aid. subtitled "A Journey to the True SElf"
Aug 23, 2012 Geri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!
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Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, a spiritual "midwife," and retreat and conference speaker. She has led retreats throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Joyce has a B.A. in English, a M.R.E. in Religious Education, and a M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology. She is a member of the Servites (Servants of Mary) community and was a volunt ...more
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