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Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self

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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

Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Ave Maria Press (first published August 31st 2008)
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Jeanne Gehret
Nov 27, 2011 Jeanne Gehret rated it really liked it
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
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
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.
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Jul 11, 2011 Cynthia Scott rated it liked it
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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.
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Feb 24, 2015 Josee M rated it really liked it
Loved this book! Very insightful.
Beth Booram
Aug 04, 2012 Beth Booram is currently reading it
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.
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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.
Liz Dean
Oct 11, 2012 Liz Dean rated it liked it
I found some very nice insights about prayer in this book. It's a little "new age", but has a lot of value.
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A new metaphor for soul examination and reflection...the door.
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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 ...more
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