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Open the Door: A Journey to the true Self - Joyce Rupp

Ave Maria Press £9.99
Reviewed by Anne Mauldon

Click here to purchase: Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self

Do you ever have a sense that this book is the one you should buy and read when you browse among the bookshelves, often in search of nothing in particular? This is what happened to me with Joyce Rupp’s Open the Door. I had recently read The Enneagram: A Private Session with the World’s greatest Psychologist by Simon Parke (Lion, £8.99) and it seemed right to read this next.The book is designed as a six week journey deeper into our inner selves with a reflection for each day of the week.

Each day’s reflection is divided into a thought-provoking reading, meditation and prayer with a Scripture verse to carry through the day, rather like a shortened Church service for use at home! In her introduction, Rupp suggests allowing 20-30 minutes each day for this. There is a different them for each week:

The Door of our hearts Knocking on the Door Opening the Door Standing on the Threshold Closing the Door Beyond the Door In the section entitled Some Doors Open Slowly, Rupp includes a quote from Paula D’Arcy’s book Sacred Thresholds: Crossing the Inner Barriers to a Deeper Love (Crossroads, £10.99) which is attributed to Richard Rohr and this quote resonated with me:Don’t push the river. don't get ahead of your soul. The goal isn’t to get somewhere. The goal isn’t about forcing something to happen. The goal is to be in harmony with the gifts that are already given. The goal is to fall in love with your life. (P. 82)

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.She says, When I open the door of my heart to God, I do more that simply extend a smile of recognition or a nod of welcome, I open myself to grow and change in ways I may never dream likely. I become more conscious of myself as a person with unlimited potential for goodness and ever fuller unity with the divine.When I waxed very lyrical about this book at a recent study day, the leader said she thought Open the Door would be useful as a Lent Book.

After a career in catering, Anne Mauldon lives in Suffolk and is now involved in pastoral service in the Anglican Diocese of Chelmsford

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