In Streams of Contentment, author, psychologist, and sprititual guide Robert Wicks opens a window into his personal life, relating stories of the people and places that shaped his perspective. He highlights his experience as a city boy from New York spending summers on his uncle's farm in the Catskills. Looking forward, Wicks points to a Christian spirituality of contentment focused on simplicity, gratitude and compassion. A thirty day reflection/devotional guide is included to explore simple exercises in contentment.
Robert J. Wicks, who received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College, is on the faculty of Loyola University Maryland. Wicks has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, social work, nursing, and theology. He was responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers following the Rwandan civil war and also worked with relief teams in Cambodia. Additionally, Wicks delivered presentations at Walter Reed Army Hospital to healthcare professionals involved in caring for Iraqi war veterans with amputations and severe head injuries. He has authored over forty books, including Riding the Dragon and Crossing the Desert.
When Wicks (Riding the Dragon) fishes the stream of contentment, he lands memories of summer visits to his uncles farm in the Catskills. Looking back, this city boy realizes that much of what he knows about life came from his rural relatives; thus, with this exploration of the nature of contentment, he starts from a personal foundation. Crucial to him now on his spiritual journey, he says, is to be happy with who he is and where he is. The first part comprises lessons and stories related to finding gentle contentment; each brief chapter ends with a pithy précis. The second part guides the reader on a 30-day retreat to the country; each day offers theory followed by a simple practice. Do not expect new trail marking or eloquent storytelling. Many of Wickss narratives are composites, but he borrows the wisest stories from such raconteurs as James Herriot and Anthony de Mello. Wicks, a psychologist and spiritual guide, is a professional listener, not teller, so his storytelling includes baggy prose (This statement may seem surprising at first, but when one thinks about it for a while, it becomes clear), vague pronouns, and clichés (We can act out of our true identity). The author needs, and deserves, harder editing. (Oct.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.
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