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Wicks, a psychologist on the faculty of Loyola College who specializes in treating physicians, nurses, priests and ministers, offers a persuasive guide to strengthening one's inner life, based on a combination of his two specialties: psychology and religion. Drawing on his experiences with patients as well as episodes from his own life, Wicks (Touching the Holy) shares the principles he has learned for creating a meaningful life in a world that he acknowledges may be filled with pain and negativity. His guidelines for developing a spiritually rich internal voice include finding time for daily self-reflection and prayer, living in the here and now, reaching out to others while accepting them for who they are and adhering to a personal philosophy based on simplicity and ordinariness. All of the author's advice is based on his conviction that the foundation of a meaningful life lies in the interaction between mindful prayer and compassionate behavior. Although devotees of the literature on simple-mindful living are unlikely to find new insights here, Wicks's book is accessible and leavened by gentle self-deprecating humor.

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A persuasive guide to strengthening one's inner life. -- Publishers Weekly

Packed with useful insight and reflection. -- Praying

Robert J. Wicks has crafted a how-to book on living with a sense of joy, compassion, hope and commitment. -- Stanley M. Grabowski, Pastoral Life

Shows you how to achieve a healing life philosophy in a simple and accessible way. -- Phyllis Straughan,

This book should be referred to from time to time as part of the 'quiet time' the author prescribes. -- The Sunday Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)

This is a book that should be kept close, to be referred to from time to time. -- The Sunday Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)

This is a wise and wonderful book. -- Sisters Today

Wicks gives us a how-to book on living with a sense of joy, compassion, hope and commitment. -- Stanley M. Grabowski, Pastoral Life
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809139448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809139446
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Robert Wicks received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. Presently, he is a professor at Loyola University Maryland. In 1994, he was responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during their bloody civil war. In 2006, he delivered a presentation on self-care at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and Walter Reed Army Hospital to health care professionals responsible for Iraqi war veterans with multiple amputations and severe head injuries. Dr. Wicks is author of numerous books including The Resilient Clinician (OUP, 2008), Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice (OUP, 2006), and the acclaimed best seller, Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times (Sorin Books, 2003). He lives with his wife Michaele in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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This is by far one of the most inspiring books I've ever read. It helped to refocus and redirect my energies inwardly. Many times we become so consumed with looking for complex messages, mysteries or solutions, it becomes very easy to miss the simplicity and practicality of wisdom and spirituality! This book enabled me to remember where my authentic power is rooted. It is in my spirituality! It also reminds me that the most passionate parts of life are gentle and simple!!
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Got this book in the amount of time that was given. This was a used book in great shape and the author had even signed it for the original reader so I thought that was really cool that I ended up with a signed copy. I will definitely use this company again for other books.
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The book provides spiritual and intellectual inspiration using stories, insights and reflective questions. Easy to read and appealing to anyone, the book will help you connect to yourself, inner peace, and allow you to think about your attitudes towards suffering, relationships, loneliness, forgiveness and self-acceptance.
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nice condition , delivered promptly, product is as described, book doesn't offer much insight -- pure common sense. Am giving this away or selling it on Amazon
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