Prayers to Sophia: Deepening Our Relationship with Holy Wisdom


With many prayers straight from the personal journals of Joyce Rupp, Prayers to Sophia aids readers in reaching new spiritual depths through the exploration of feminine images of the Divine.

Vulnerable and instructive in equal amounts, this book of meditative prayers offers fifty entries that include a ...

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With many prayers straight from the personal journals of Joyce Rupp, Prayers to Sophia aids readers in reaching new spiritual depths through the exploration of feminine images of the Divine.

Vulnerable and instructive in equal amounts, this book of meditative prayers offers fifty entries that include a verse from biblical wisdom literature and conversation starters for women's book groups.


"What a beautiful book! The wisdom within works its wonders on the landscape of the heart, revealing how deeply we are all immersed in the Wisdom we call God."
Miriam Therese Winter
Medical Mission Sister
Author of Woman Prayer, Woman Song

"Joyce Rupp has a knack for touching the reader's heart. Women will be drawn to Prayers to Sophia not only for its image of God as female and as friend, but also for the practical steps toward owning that image, making Sophia a personal companion."
Kathy Coffey
Author of Hidden Women of the Gospels and
God in the Moment: Making Every Day a Prayer

"Prayers to Sophia is the perfect companion to The Star in My Heart. Ten years later (and not a moment too soon), it is a deep, bold, evocative book of prayers to Divine Wisdom. Conscious, personal, and reminiscent of Rumi, Joyce Rupp helps open us to the Divine Feminine within us all."
Rev. Patricia E. deLong
Senior Minister
First Congregational Church, Berkley, CA

"Brothers, think of Joyce as a sister who has just returned from a courageous ten-year journey and now opens before you her personal journal. She must have been thinking of us! The feminine of God can be the Holy Midwife and juicy Life-Giver in our lives,too!"
Tim Scorer
Education Director, Naramata Centre
United Church of Canada, British Columbia

"Prayers to Sophia is an eloquent response of love to Divine Wisdom. Joyce's own vulnerability in these prayers add a beauty and a feminine voice which expresses all our longing for Divine presence as the Feminine."
Paula D'Arcy
Author of Gift of the Red Bird and Song for Sarah

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893732841
  • Publisher: Avenue Records
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 117
  • Sales rank: 626,900
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, spiritual "midwife," and retreat and conference speaker. A member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community, she is the author of many books, including bestsellers The Cup of Our Life, Open the Door, and Praying Our Goodbyes.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 13
Prayer 1 A Birthing 18
Prayer 2 A Little Space in Which to Grow 20
Prayer 3 A New Beginning 22
Prayer 4 Anxiety 24
Prayer 5 Beauty 26
Prayer 6 Befriending My Aging 28
Prayer 7 Calling on Sophia 30
Prayer 8 Coming Home to My Center 32
Prayer 9 Commitment 34
Prayer 10 Compassion 36
Prayer 11 Dance of the Universe 38
Prayer 12 Desire for Spiritual Growth 40
Prayer 13 Draw Me to Your Heart 42
Prayer 14 Evening 44
Prayer 15 Failings and Mistakes 46
Prayer 16 Friendship 48
Prayer 17 Generativity 50
Prayer 18 Good-bye to Summer 52
Prayer 19 Grief and Loss 54
Prayer 20 Guidance 56
Prayer 21 Hope 58
Prayer 22 Inner Freedom 60
Prayer 23 Inner Garden 62
Prayer 24 Light-Bearer 64
Prayer 25 Lighten Up 66
Prayer 26 Listening to My Soul 68
Prayer 27 Live Each Day with Awareness 70
Prayer 28 Longing for a Spiritual Embrace 72
Prayer 29 Lost in the Fog 74
Prayer 30 Moving Beyond Self-Centeredness 76
Prayer 31 Nature Revitalizes My Soul 78
Prayer 32 Non-judgment 80
Prayer 33 Openness 82
Prayer 34 Patience 84
Prayer 35 Peeling Off Another Layer 86
Prayer 36 Releasing Feelings 88
Prayer 37 Sabbath Time 90
Prayer 38 Singer in My Soul 92
Prayer 39 Solitude 94
Prayer 40 Spiritual Richness 96
Prayer 41 Springtime Prayer 98
Prayer 42 Stream of Enduring Love 100
Prayer 43 Sunrise Prayer 102
Prayer 44 Taking Risks 104
Prayer 45 The Dry Creek-bed 106
Prayer 46 The Heart of a Child 108
Prayer 47 Time to Surrender 110
Prayer 48 Transformation 112
Prayer 49 Winter 114
Prayer 50 Wordless Praise to Sophia 116
Biblical Passages - Sophia 118
Theme Index 119
Bibliography 125
About the Author 127
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