Fragments of Your Ancient Name

Fragments of Your Ancient Name

365 Glimpses of the Divine for Daily Meditation 

Author: Joyce Rupp

Price: $22.95

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 384

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 978-1-933495-28-6

Imprint: Sorin Books

On-sale date: February 24, 2011

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With over one million books sold in her career, Joyce Rupp presents her newest undertaking: a unique collection of daily meditations that draw from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and other sources, offering wisdom and insight about the God who is beyond all names.

Bestselling author Joyce Rupp once again proves herself a wise and gentle spiritual midwife, drawing forth 365 names of God from the world’s spiritual treasury. Fragments of Your Ancient Name—whose title comes from a poem by German mystic Rainer Maria Rilke—assembles a remarkable collection of reflections for each day of the year.

This unique and profound devotional will heighten awareness of the many names by which God is known around the world. Whether drawing from the Psalms, Sufi saints, Hindu poets, Native American rituals, contemporary writers, or the Christian gospels, Rupp stirs the imagination and the heart to discover a new dimension of God. Each name is explored in a ten-line poetic meditation and is complemented by a simple sentence that serves as a reminder of the name of God throughout the day.


"A deeply personal collection of moving meditations."

"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 Shapiro
Author of Recovery, The Sacred Art

"A lovely bedside book."

"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

"Beautiful and significant."

"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 rich kaleidoscope of divinity!"

"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

"Breathtaking clarity and simplicity."

"Few of us are able to be still, tender, and open enough to listen with deep, loving care in the presence of the Divine. Joyce Rupp is one of those few, and here, with her usual breathtaking clarity and simplicity, illuminates the mystery of what cannot possibly be captured, except by the supple heart of a woman in love with God."

Wayne Muller
Author of A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough

*Enriching daily meditations on the Holy."

"It is as if an enormous ancient mirror reflecting the Divine fell from the heavens and shattered into a million pieces. Joyce Rupp gently picks up the shards to remind us of the many names that are all One. This book offers enriching daily meditations on the Holy. If you are struggling to find time for your spiritual life, this is the answer."

Lauren Artress
Author of Walking a Sacred Path

"Its scope is wide and its spirituality deep."

"It’s a collection for expanding our awareness of who God is. . . . I recommend this book to anyone who wants to similarly expand their imagination about God. Its scope is wide and its spirituality deep."

National Catholic Reporter blog

"A gift to everyone."

"A gift to everyone who treasures an expansive, personal relationship with the Divine. . . . If you desire to expand your notion of God and create an opportunity for contemplative practice, Fragments of Your Ancient Name will be a significant companion for your daily journey."


"A truly enriching spiritual exercise."

"It is a truly enriching spiritual exercise to ponder what a variety of names tell us about God and how people relate to the Divine. . . . One of the best things about this resource is that it advances the cause of inter-spirituality—the sharing of ultimate experiences across religious traditions."

Spirituality & Practice

"A wonderful devotional."

"Joyce Rupp has written a wonderful devotional recounting many of the names we mortals have called God lovingly. . . . Fragments of Your Ancient Name can lead you into the multi-dimensional realm of our God, and also into a deeper exploration of the core attributes and stunning behavior of the Divine through story, poem, and meditation."

The Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania

An Interview with Joyce Rupp about Fragments of Your Ancient Name

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Fr. James Martin inerviews Joyce Rupp about Fragments.

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