Praying Our Goodbyes: A Spiritual Companion Through Life's Losses and Sorrows

Praying Our Goodbyes: A Spiritual Companion Through Life's Losses and Sorrows

by Joyce Rupp


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With 250,000 copies sold, this new edition of Joyce Rupp's most popular book offers a fresh opportunity for readers to reflect, ritualize, and reorient themselves as they navigate life's inevitable changes.

Everyone has unique goodbyes—times of losing someone or something that has given life meaning and value. With the touch of a poet, Joyce Rupp offers her wisdom on "these experiences of leaving behind and moving on, the stories of union and separation that are written in all our hearts." Praying Our Goodbyes, Rupp says, is about the spirituality of change.

It is a book for anyone who has experienced loss, whether a job change, the end of a relationship, the death of a loved one, a financial struggle, a mid-life crisis, or an extended illness. It is designed to help readers reflect, ritualize, and re-orient themselves—to help heal the hurts caused by goodbyes and the anxieties encountered when one season of life ends and another begins.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594712050
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 113,553
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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 has led retreats throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Joyce is the author of numerous books, including bestsellers The Circle of Life, The Cup of Our Life, May I Have This Dance?, and Open the Door.

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From Praying Our Goodbyes:

We may be harshly bruised by life's farewells, but it is possible to be healed. We can become whole again. I believe that if we are willing to move inside the heart of the experience, to live patiently through the process even as we acknowledge the difficult, painful emotions, that we can experience the wonder of spiritual growth and the marvel of new depths of faith in our relationship with God and with others.

What People are Saying About This

Robert R. Bimonte

Joyce Rupp has the remarkable ability to help people find God in their everyday experience. Her writing offers clear and practical guidance for all who are on the journey of faith. (Robert R. Bimonte, F.S.C. Executive Director NCEA Elementary Department)

James Martin

Joyce Rupp is one of the best Christian spiritual guides writing today. (James Martin, S.J. Author of My Life with the Saints)

Paula D'Arcy

Joyce Rupp's value as a guide for the spiritual journey is without question. (Paula D'Arcy Author of Sacred Threshold)

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