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How to Handle Trouble: A Guide to Peace of Mind [Kindle Edition]

John Carmody
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"Wise and discerning . . . . Full of hope." M. Scott Peck, M.D., author of "The Road Less Traveled."
For everyone faced with unforeseen disaster, this book -- written while its author struggled with bone cancer -- can be the best of allies. With rock-bottom honesty, Carmody writes about the power of thinking, feeling, sharing, deciding, and praying, and of the joy that comes from fighting the good fight. Stocked full of everyday wisdom to help us make sense of a crisis and work through it, this just may be the most important book you'll ever read.


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Veteran author Carmody (Religion/University of Tulsa; Contemporary Catholic Theology, 1980, etc.) delivers a soft- spoken primer on how to deal with times of crisis. This is no academic exercise for the author, who suffers from incurable bone cancer. Drawing on his own experience, that of friends and acquaintances, teachings from various religions, and a seemingly endless well of common sense and love, Carmody offers simple, solid advice that will be welcomed by almost anyone. As he sees it, we can meet our problems through five interrelated activities: thinking, feeling, sharing, deciding, and praying. Thinking involves gathering facts, facing them squarely, and picturing solutions. Feeling means accepting pain while overcoming anxiety through courage, faith, and trust. These noble qualities can be strengthened by sharing our plight with others, as well as helping them with their woes. Carmody recommends turning to family, friends, teachers, clergy, doctors, and counselors (the last only if they grasp the essential mystery of life). The most important sharing is with God (``Pour out your soul to the divine mystery, wait attentively, and you will never lack for wonder''). God, the author says, will help when it comes time for difficult decisions (in Carmody's case, whether to hazard a harrowing bone-marrow transplant), which must be made in a sober state, free from euphoria or depression. At the end comes prayer--Carmody outlines several methods, including Buddhist meditation and Christian contemplation--and abidance in the biblical virtues of faith, hope, and love. Reliable counsel for sufferers everywhere. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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"A Sensible Guide...[that] offers inspiring advice to people faced with all manner of trouble....In compassionate and warm prose, [Carmody] shows how personal tragedy can be a catalyst for self-revelation and spiritual growth."

-- Publishers Weekly



"Reliable counsel for sufferers everywhere."

-- Kirkus Reviews

John Carmody is senior research fellow in religion at the University of Tulsa. He is the author of more than forty books, many written with his wife, Denise. Carmody received his B.A. and M.A. from Boston College, a licentiate in philosophy from Weston College, a Bachelor of Divinity from Woodstock College, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.


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  • File Size: 265 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054KO4RQ
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for all kinds of trouble April 7, 2001
Format:Paperback
I have found Carmody's "How to Handle Trouble" to be the one of the most truly useful books I have ever read (and reread) about meeting real hardships in life. Realistic, hopeful, and wise, Carmody's writing addresses issues as practical as the need for help from friends and as profound as the need to address the deeper mysteries of life, death and meaning. All is written in a very accessible way, and organized so that particular themes and topics can be easily identified when you want to go back to revisit them. Down to earth, yet never forgetting the horizon of mystery that surrounds human life. A good book to hold onto, and to read and reflect on, time and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep this one handy . . . February 22, 2011
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This is a book that you will want to pick up and read select chapters time and again. The wisdom in this book is just what you need when in a contemplative spirit. John Carmody gives sound advice in teaching you to map out a course that leaves you feeling in control and able to cope. Keep this in your favorite reading spot because it is slow reading; you read a little and think a lot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trouble Can Be Handled in Stages, Like Grief. May 22, 2005
Format:Hardcover
What we need in this modern age is a respect for and attempts to "cultivate old-fashioned gifts of the spirit." Trouble is, the people of today are not old fashioned. Even in this backward town where I was born, some people can be so rude and uncaring.

Mr. Carmody's wisdom (through age-old human techniques) in this guide to peace of mind divides it into five sections: thinking, feeling, sharing, deciding, and praying. He was a former Jesuit priest who took a wife, Denise. They have written books together.

After being diagnosed with bone cancer in 1992, he wrote this book as a guide and an inspiration for himself. It is a guide of acceptance, by which you learn to use your inner resources.

To be reasonable, first you should put aside your own illusions, fantasies and self-indulgences. Many (or most) of our troubles come from being foolish, but we all can't be wise. We learn by experience, right? Wrong! we learn by paying attention to one who has been there, done that!

Mainly, we must be aware of our own emotions, moods, consolations, and desolations in order to move on and have "peace." Our feelings are the way we discover the "world of values" -- what we esteem and value and what we appreciate. We must overcome emotional troubles to establish the peace we seek.

Share what is troubling you. Trouble (or grief) shared is halved if another is involved. Break out of your isolation and allow objectivity to help you realize that you are not alone. Talk it out, get it (whatever is hurting or bothering you) out of your system. Share what is happening to you, and you will learn that others are hurting, too. Make a move.

Deal with the deeper issues so as not to be foolish, dumb and cowardly (three deadly sins).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book March 3, 2009
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This is a very good book if you are having bad times. Carmody provides no-nonsense advice and philosophy on how to deal with death or pain. His spirituality is present throughout the work, but is not in your face. Very good starter for anyone looking for something beyond a self-help book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book! November 8, 2009
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John Carmody's "How to Handle Trouble" is turly a useful book. I highly recommend reading it!
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