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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Sorin Books; 1 Original edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933495200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933495200
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the face of anguish and distraction so common in our society, Wicks presents a straightforward guide to deepening faith through compassion and love. A triumph of the human spirit!" --Kerry Kennedy, author of Being Catholic Now

"What makes Prayerfulness stand out is Wicks's unfailing honesty and his ability to unite our everyday life to our relationship with the divine."

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"What makes Prayerfulness stand out is Wicks's unfailing honesty and his ability to unite our everyday life to our relationship with the divine."

"What makes Prayerfulness stand out is Wicks's unfailing honesty and his ability to unite our everyday life to our relationship with the divine."

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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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Beautiful stories, well written.
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The second part of the book is a series of meditations and a 30 day guided retreat to help the reader establish a life of prayerfulness and spiritual mindfulness.
Edward J. Barton
In PRAYERFULNESS, Wicks encourages readers to have an attitude that will help feel God's presence in challenging times.
Timothy Kearney

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"Prayerfulness" is an original, hands-on guide on integrating mindfulness into spiritual practice, tailored for a Christian reader. The book's mandate is expressed as follows: "even if we claim to be religious, a healthy spiritual perspective is neither automatic nor assured unless we are spiritually mindful." Thus, Dr. Wicks suggests that a mere doctrinal commitment is insufficient and that meaningful spirituality is contingent on a habit of awareness and real-time spiritual application. Towards this aim, Dr. Wicks offers a unique 30-day personalized spiritual staycation which involves a curriculum of thought-provoking quotes, questions and spiritual themes. The book models a psychologically healthy, existentially balanced, self-accepting attitude towards one's spiritual growth and, as such, effectively preempts spiritual perfectionism.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D., author of "Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time" (2008) and "Present Perfect: a Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need to Control."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rawim on April 9, 2010
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At first glance you might think this is a book about prayer but instead it lies in the vein of books that talk about praying without ceasing or practicing the presence of God. In this book the author Wilkes focuses on practices/mindsets and activities that will develop a sense of spiritual mindfulness or awareness. Topics include "Creating simple rituals", "Softening the soul", and "Befriending anger and other negative emotions". From the titles of those chapters I think you can get an idea of the direction of this book. The book is more about finding a way of connecting with God via small actions and changes in mindset that allow for a life of "Prayerfulness".

The book is not heavy on the use of scripture, but instead pulls regularly from life experiences of the author. Also Wickes views Christianity from a Catholic perspective while not being overtly catholic in his recommendations or practices.
I found some of the recommendations and thoughts in this book to be useful and interesting; and I have been challenged in my thinking on dealing with some of my emotions and thoughts about my relationship with God. If you are open to this style of spiritual writing then I think you may be able to get something out of this book. However, if are looking for principles firmly based in scripture and consistent references to the Bible and reformed theology this book is definitely not for you.

Decide on getting this book with that in mind. If you have a question feel free to leave a comment and I would be happy to answer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heather A. Teysko VINE VOICE on August 16, 2010
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As other reviewers have said, this is a quick read, and if you are already practicing any type of prayer or meditation in your life, it will most likely leave you disappointed. The book describes why we need to be more mindful in the face of our hurried lives, and the month-long "retreat" with a month's worth of quotes, questions and themes was useful, but I would think that most people who are already interested in this subject, would already have a practice like that in place. Many books on mindfulness that I've seen do not come from a Christian point of view, so that was interesting to me, and it was nice to have reminders of the importance of a meditative practice, but all in all, I was left somewhat disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M633 VINE VOICE on December 15, 2011
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Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fullness of Life is a beginner's guide to contemplative prayer and meditation. It draws the language from the Eastern spiritual traditions, such as mindfulness, awakening, etc. I have no problem as long as the book is truthful to the gospel.

Ever since we threw some babies away with the bathwater during Reformation, Christians are left with no form of spiritual exercise other than prayer, fearing that doing so might violate our salvation through God's grace, rather than our work. Five centuries after the reformation, Christians are now spiritually fat and obese because they listen to the sermons and study the Bible--eating the spiritual food--without exercise.

The Eastern religions are rich with spiritual exercises mainly because they need to do it for salvation. We become lazy because our salvation is guaranteed by the grace of Jesus Christ given freely to us through his death on the cross. However, I'm sure Jesus never intended us to be pew-potatos or frozen-chosens.

The Apposle Paul says, "Bodily exercise is all right, but spiritual exercise is much more important and is a tonic for all you do. So exercise yourself spiritually, and practice being a better Christian because that will help you not only now in this life, but in the next life too." (1 Timothy 4:8 LB)

I hope as we apply more of the Eastern spiritual exercise for our own good, we will also be able to share our gospel of the good news with them in return.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Polm VINE VOICE on January 7, 2010
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Title 2: Quasi-Christian mystical mindfulness
Title 3: Living as a Zen-Catholic or Zen-Christian

This is a smoothly-written, at times interesting and helpful little book that purports to deal with prayer or "prayerfulness." There are constant anecdotes, and the prose follows an organized path, but the content--at least to me--is vague. To a degree like that college text book that you wished would come out and say what it means, but instead "beats around the bush.".

But as far as I can pin it down-and that is not easy task since there aren't a lot of definitions of key terms-prayerfulness includes mainly mystical meditation, interacting with other people (being social)and things, and being aware of God in some way.

The book claims to be Christian (for example, page 197), but it is only partially biblical at best. It is more a rehash of Zen-Christianity. The title "Prayerfulness" is an obvious rewording of the "mindfulness" of the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (see his "The Miracle of Mindfulness" and Peace is Every Step," for example). I think I noticed Jesus mentioned very few times in 175 pages, and there are a few quotes from Scripture. There are quotes from Catholic writers and stories about Catholics.

What is spirituality to this author? I would think it is just about anything that involves living. I beg to disagree. It's more that being meditative or mystical or thoughtful or even kind to our fellow beings. It certainly involves being aware of God's presence and praying, but it also involves truth, biblical truth. Jesus: "true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth" (John 4:23).

What is prayerfulness to this author?
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