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Rilke Poem Inspires Title of New Joyce Rupp Book

March 21, 2011

Notre Dame, IN—Titled after a poem by German mystic Rainer Maria Rilke, the newest book by Joyce Rupp draws on a rich variety of faith traditions to provide meditations on God’s names for every day of the year. Fragments of Your Ancient Name brings together reflections on God from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and other sources as a guide for readers to explore multicultural and historical conceptions of God.

Whether drawing from the Psalms, Sufi saints, Hindu poets, Native American rituals, contemporary writers, or the Christian gospels, each page of Rupp’s beautiful collection includes a ten-line poetic meditation, followed by a mantra for prayerful embodiment of each day’s name for God.

A beloved spiritual writer with over one million books sold to date, Rupp explains how exploring names for God in different religions enriched her own understanding of God. Rupp writes in the introduction to Fragments, “I hope these reflections strengthen your faith by contributing to a vibrant relationship with the Divine and that they increase your respect for those who see ‘God’ differently than you do.”

Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of Recovery—The Sacred Art, writes in praise of Fragments, “This is a collection for people open enough to the Divine to no longer pretend that God speaks from only one text or tradition.” In this remarkable treasury overflowing with awe in the face of God’s greatness and mystery, Rupp stirs both the imagination and the heart and challenges readers to discover new dimensions of the God who is beyond all names. Fragments will nourish and inspire the hearts of the faithful of any religious tradition.

An Interview with Joyce Rupp: Fragments of Your Ancient Name

About Joyce Rupp

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. Her 2018 book, Boundless Compassion, won awards from the Association of Catholic Publishers and from the Catholic Press Association. Her books Fly While You Still Have Wings and Anchors for the Soul also have earned CPA awards. Rupp is a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community.

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