In Prayerfulness author and counselor Robert J. Wicks invites you into a richer spiritual life. Blending Christian contemplative practice and contemporary psychology he introduces what he calls "prayerfulness" as a way of being fully present to experience God and life in new ways. Wicks offers a rich array of insights, including seven practical steps, a thirty-day retreat, and a Spiritual Mindfulness Questionnaire.
Prayerfulness,by Robert J. Wicks--therapist, speaker, and bestselling author of Riding the Dragon--examines what it means to live fully in the present moment, with eyes wide open to life and to God. Blending insights from Christian contemplation and Buddhist mindfulness, Robert J. Wicks offers a brilliant guide to cultivating a receptive and reflective attitude to life. A rich array of insights--including seven practical steps, a thirty-day at-home retreat, and a "spiritual mindfulness questionnaire"--helps readers develop a loving, clear, and balanced outlook. Drawing from classic and contemporary spiritual writing, Wicks explores seven steps to growth in prayerfulness, including creating simple rituals, honoring life's fragility, facing difficulties directly, and befriending anger. Thirty days of reflections, quotations, and questions also guide readers to form or strengthen a practice of daily prayer. A special feature is the innovative spiritual mindfulness questionnaire, a set of thirty open-ended questions that lead to a clearer sense of how present one is to daily life. Filled with practical wisdom and rooted in sound psychological principles, Prayerfulness is a clear and simple manual to living fully in the present moment.
Robert J. Wicks strives to open people who are used to giving to the miracle of receiving. He accomplishes this goal by marrying sound psychology and basic spiritual truths that set the stage for profound personal transformation. A popular presenter at workshops and conventions, Wicks is especially appealing to people in the helping professionsphysicians, teachers, psychologists, and ministersassisting them to integrate the psychological and the spiritual so they can extend their emotional flames to others without burning out in the process. He has worked around the globefrom the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated to the United States from Rwanda to conducting workshops in Cambodia for members of the international community assigned to help the Khmer people rebuild their nation. 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. Wicks, a Queens, New York, native, received a masters degree in clinical psychology in 1973 from St. Johns University and a doctorate in psychology from Philadelphias Hahnemann Medical College in 1977. In 1996, Pope John Paul II awarded Wicks a papal medal for his service to the Catholic Church. Wicks has written more than forty books. He serves as a professor of the graduate programs in pastoral counseling at Loyola College, Baltimore. Wicks and his wife Michaele have a grown daughter. They live in suburban Baltimore, Maryland.
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