My Soul Feels Lean
Long beloved for her artful prayers, bestselling author Joyce Rupp presents an entirely new collection of 106 meditative poems on a theme she has woven masterfully through all her writing—the pain of loss and the hope of restoration.
My Soul Feels Lean: Poems of Loss and Restoration is a journey into compassion. Drawing on insights from her faith and a lifelong connection to the Iowa farmland of her birth, Rupp explores themes of loss and restoration in this luminous collection of poems. Returning to an undercurrent in her work since the publication of Praying Our Goodbyes, Rupp offers here sensitive insights on the pain of loss and the hope she finds when she is willing to let go and trust. Rupp’s leanness of soul has taught her to observe and celebrate the harsh beauty of life. “Loss has encouraged me to find joy and meaning here instead of pining for it elsewhere,” she writes, “to live more simply and be content with less, to appreciate more fully what I now have.”
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, and Fragments of Your Ancient Name. Rupp is a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community and the codirector of the Institute of Compassionate Presence. She resides in Des Moines, Iowa.