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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sorin Books; 10th Anniversary edition (November 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893732940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893732940
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"All I had to do was read the chapter titles to know that this was one dragon I wanted to ride. Wicks is a master who makes the spiritual life exciting and doable."--Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking


"Like a good friend's support in tough times, Riding the Dragon is both compassionate and wise." --Jack Kornfield, Author of A Path with Heart

About the Author

Robert J. Wicks, who received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College, is on the faculty of Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Wicks has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, social work, nursing, and theology. Wicks was responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers following the Rwandan civil war and also worked with relief teams in Cambodia. Additionally, he delivered presentations at Walter Reed Army Hospital to health care professionals involved in caring for Iraqi war veterans with amputations and severe head injuries. He has authored over forty books, including Streams of Contentment and Crossing the Desert. Visit Wicks online at robertjwicks.com.

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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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I had always thought I could handle stress by control or sheer will.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Patience Brody on July 8, 2010
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I belong to a small women's discussion group and this book is our recent topic. I sometimes don't buy every book they read because I'm unemployed and money is tight, plus I'm a book hoarder! But after just sharing one of the chapters (I missed the first few) I was so impressed with the practical, sympathetic style of the author's voice, that I ordered the book that day. I found that the first chapter was more than I had expected because I could really relate to what he had gone through with trouble at work, disappointing his family, etc. that it is making the rest of the book more "real" for me. He shows how he dealt with self-doubt and depression and even self-hatred at times, and how he coped and didn't give up. In these tough economic times, even if you have lost a job merely because of downsizing, especially if you're (like me) not that young anymore, it may be easy to be too hard on yourself which, of course, only makes those job interviews that much tougher; how can you sell yourself if you question whether you would hire you? This book gives you hope and things to do that are practical and simple to bolster your ego and your confidence. And, it's small & easy to carry with!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Heptig on May 12, 2006
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I read this book during a book study class at my church. It provided a lot of insight that really spoke to me. I had always thought I could handle stress by control or sheer will. Now I jump on the dragon and enjoy the ride. Life will happen, it is up to us to decide whether it happens with us or in spite of us! God bless you all.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on April 22, 2006
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I read this last year and several others by Dr. Wicks. It helps me to know that I am not the only one going through these things. I try to help people and then forget to take care of myself. This book shows us how we can live both sides of the coin best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sister Julie Ann Sheahan on September 12, 2009
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As a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity seriously studying Gospel peace as to become an active person of peace, this small, yet full of helpful stories, questions and guidance life manual is a way to reflect on one's own interpersonal relationships. Robert Wick is gifted in coaching any reader in the fine art of living with self and others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas G. Kotchision on August 20, 2010
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It's a great book! Language is written with concrete and profound ideas. It is most helpful for any caregiver seeking support.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy on September 24, 2012
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This book is both simple and profound in it's advice for facing challenging personal times. When you are in the middle of the hard stuff you don't need heavy preaching or confusing jargon but gentle pointers to get you through. This is the book does just that. It lays out 10 concise and simple ways to find your way forward in the darkness. I found it helpful personally and have recommended it to many students, friends and family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2013
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I appreciate the author's honesty and insights. As a pastor, I will make use of these ideas in many ways as I continue my work with people who are dealing with tough times and situations.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sarah W on May 7, 2008
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This is a wonderful book & important for those in helping professions. All of us who work in helping fields should learn to understand more about caregiving & how to help others while preserving our own health & wellness.
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