From the publisher…
For more than a decade, Joyce Rupp's classic, The Star in My Heart, has invited readers to experience the healing images of Sophia - Feminine Wisdom in the Hebrew Scriptures. Now in this beautiful new companion book, Prayers to Sophia, Joyce Rupp enriches our spiritual journey with prayers from her personal journal, accompanied by journaling suggestions for reflection. Steeped in life experiences and enriched with poetic metaphor, Rupp's courageous sharing invites us to new spiritual depths as we explore the Feminine image of God.
See also ....
The Star in My Heart
Experiencing Sophia, Inner Wisdom
Prayers to Sophia
A Companion to "A Star in My Heart"
Format: Paperback, 126pp.
Copyright 2000 by Joyce Rupp
All Rights Reserved.
Cover Image by Doris Klein, CSA
"The Star in My Heart"
Copyright by Doris Klein
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Publisher: Ave Maria Press
P.O. Box 428
Notre Dame, IN 46556
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"If riches are a desirable possession in life,
what is richer than wisdom, the active cause of all things?"
Prayers to Sophia
Deepening Our Relationship with Holy Wisdom
A Companion to "The Star in My Heart"
Thoughts from the Author….
"...I believe that all our names for the Divine, whether male or female, are inadequate. All these metaphors are our feeble human attempts and projections as we try to draw near to the Mysterious One. Probably the only adequate name for the Holy One is that which was written long ago: "I Am Who I Am" (Exodus 3:14). In order to have a personal relationship, however, it is helpful to name the Divine. "Sophia" has become the best divine name for my prayer. I resonate immensely with her qualities of guidance, truth-bringing, and companionship. She is always with me as I search for the way home, which is what I am consistently doing on my spiritual path.
...As this relationship continually unfolds, she constantly leads me deeper, challenges me to grow freer, and keeps inviting me to be more truly my best self. I know that this relationship is never just for myself. It is out of this affinity with Sophia and my ongoing transformation that I am consistently led outward to the world in which I am to give my life and service.
Sophia always draws me up and outward once I have been led down and inward. It is a cycle that I trust. I do believe that I am a much more compassionate woman for having sat in Sophia's presence...."
O Dancer of Creation,
the earth awakens to an urgent call to grow.
In the hidden recesses of my wintered spirit
I, too, hear the humming of your voice,
calling me, wooing my deadness back to life.
My soul yawns, stretches, quickens,
as the energy of Spring revives my weariness.
I sit with wonder, observing the steady activity
of downy woodpeckers and newly yellowed finch.
I do so wait with the avid attention of a child's first look,
savoring the colors and shapes of earth's loveliness.
As the filtering patterns of early sunlight
lift the shades of green in every growing thing,
I enter into spring's unlettered words of life.
For a while my doubts, anxieties, and worries
become like chapters in some ancient book
whose text no longer claims my full attention.
I am content to sit, watching Spring
turn the pages of this animated publication,
eager to discover the invigorating story
reflected in my own springtime revelation.
Tell me, Wise Awakener,
why is it easier to believe in a stem of new grass,
or the opening bud of a fresh purple crocus,
than it is to believe in the greening of me?
Taken from Prayers to Sophia. Copyright 2000 by Joyce Rupp. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission of Innisfree Press, Inc.
"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