When Joyce Rupp first wrote Fresh Bread she did so with the hope that it would offer prayerful support to others who also wanted to care for their inner self. This intention has grown more relevant with time. She urges that these meditations are more relevant even today in the midst of a life that is busier, nosier, and more demanding than it was twenty years ago when she first penned this book. She goes on to say that a fast-paced culture tries to convince us that silence and solitude are obsolete; but in the midst of the transitions and changes that the passage of twenty years has brought, Rupp sees an ongoing need to care for our deepest selves. The ordinary images of life contained in this book offer a way of connecting with our deepest selves.