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Bounce: Living the Resilient Life
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
I got hooked on the work of Dr. Robert J. Wicks, the renowned pastoral counselor and expert on overcoming stress, with the release of his earlier book, Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fullness of Life. As a journalist, I was so impressed by "Prayerfulness" that I published an in-depth interview with Wicks and came to a deeper appreciation of his work. This is a scholar who works regularly with at-risk professional groups particularly prone to stress, including clergy, medical personnel and men and women serving in the armed forces.

In "Bounce," Wicks boils down his wisdom on springing back from stress into 200 very well-organized pages. Depending on where you find yourself in the spiral of stress, you may wind up dwelling more on one chapter than another. Wherever you turn in this book, though, Wicks offers helpful inventories to assess your own situation and tools to begin grappling with your daily challenges.

I like his eclectic approach to explaining these general principles. You'll find references here to psychologist Carl Jung and folk singer Joan Baez, to the Catholic monk Thomas Merton and the Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

This is a great gift idea for someone you care about--especially if that someone is you.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2010
This short book is a very concise, densely-packed manual for identifying one's stressors and discontent in life, assessing contributing factors, developing a self-care plan including regular debriefing of daily experiences, and cultivating meditative mindful awareness. All these elements are part of forming an overall lifestyle of "resilience," which is the capacity to thrive in a world filled with challenges and potential stressors by realigning one's outlook and taking intentional steps to care for one's psyche.

The book is filled with lists and self-diagnostic tools which, if one takes the time and effort to reflectively work through, provide extensive insight into one's situation, needs, and strengths. Included are two appendices which also provide one with an in-depth self-analysis. An extensive bibliography provides fertile material for further study and resources.

I found the discussion of "vicarious PTSD" particularly helpful, as well as the characterization of PTSD as a situation where normal crisis-coping mechanisms have become "stuck" beyond normal time frames. Most importantly, the book emphasizes that in the helping professions it is normal for people to experience vicarious stress and that it is important and healthful not to deny these effects but to consciously accept their existence and work through them in a preventative way, before a pathological internal state (such as depression) develops.

This book is a particularly good resource for clinicians, doctors, clergy, emergency services, or other professionals whose work entails a continuous contact with stressful, negative situations or individuals.

Highly recommended!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2010
I keep this book on my desk, because I'm always going back to it. Not only does he offer cutting edge research on the study of resilience, he sprinkles poignant stories throughout that really illuminate the material. Wicks is one of my favorite authors, and this is my favorite book of his.
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on March 25, 2014
Clear, deepth, a guide for life. For me and my friends. Friendy and readable.
Recommend to other persons. Very good.
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on November 19, 2013
Heard Mr Wicks speak at a national leadership and character development conference at the Air A in Feb 2013. I was expressed with his words and bought several of his books through Amazon for my wife who was unable to attend. The written material did not convey to her the way I thought they would. Just delivered this book and the others to our local library book sale yesterday. Perhaps someone else will find them outstanding
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on November 17, 2013
My doctor recommended I read this book. I'm getting a lot of insight from it. Stress can be. Handled. Thanks dr wicks.
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on April 29, 2013
I'm enjoying this one tremendously, can't beat self help! Only half way through but have come to realize that I've needed help for a long time..So far with God's help and this type of study I'll be okay! I'm sure it can assist and help with everyone!
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on March 18, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful book - it's been on my list of purchases to make and this was a quick and easy way to do it!!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2010
This books helps one understand tactics and tools to alleviate, eliminate and ultimately grow from stressful situations in life.
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on March 14, 2015
Fantastic and timely little book when pampering and hampering seem to be the norm.
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