Fly While You Still Have Wings: And Other Lessons My Resilient Mother Taught Me

Fly While You Still Have Wings: And Other Lessons My Resilient Mother Taught Me

by Joyce Rupp

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Winner of a Catholic Press Association Award: Soft cover-spirituality books. (Third Place).

For thirty years, beginning with Fresh Bread in 1985, Joyce Rupp has comforted millions with books such as Praying Our Goodbyes and May I Walk You Home. For the first time, she shares the story of her own grief in the wake of her mother's death, offering readers both a profile of her mother's resilient spirit and a voice of compassion for their own experience of loss.

In this heartfelt memoir about her mother Hilda's final years, Joyce Rupp shares the lessons her mother taught her, especially to "fly while you still have wings." As a poor farmer's wife and the mother of eight living on rented land in Maryhill, Iowa, Hilda lived a life of hard labor and constant responsibility--from milking cows and raising chickens to keeping the farm's financial ledger. Rupp shows how the difficulties of her mother's early years and family life, including the loss of a twenty-three-year-old son, forged a resilience that guided her through the illnesses and losses she faced in later years. This affectionate profile of their relationship is, at the same time, an honest self-examination, as Rupp shares the ways she sometimes failed to listen to, accept, and understand her mother in her final years.

Rupp begins each chapter with a meditative poem that captures the essence of each stage in the journey. Her unfailing candor and profound faith illumine this story of a mother and daughter with a universal spirit of hope, reconciliation, and peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933495859
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 02/20/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 964,346
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

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, Fragments of Your Ancient Name, and Boundless Compassion. Fly While You Still Have Wings earned an award in the spirituality books category from the Catholic Press Association. Rupp is a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community and the codirector of the Boundless Compassion program. She lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Birth of Resilience 9

Chapter 2 Facing Hardships 21

Chapter 3 The Shadow Side 37

Chapter 4 The Bathtub Question 51

Chapter 5 Fly While You Still Have Wings 67

Chapter 6 A Firm Foundation of Faith 85

Chapter 7 The Best Friend I Ever Had 101

Chapter 8 When A New Disability Arrives 117

Chapter 9 Clipped Wings 135

Chapter 10 The Gift of the Sun Porch 153

Chapter 11 A Book of Regrets 171

Epilogue: Turning Toward the Morning 183

Notes 191

Reader's Guide 195

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