Blending insights from Christian contemplative practice and Buddhist mindfulness, Dr. Robert J. Wicks, well-known speaker, therapist, and spiritual guide, introduces what he calls "prayerfulness," a way of being truly in the present to experience God and life in dynamic new ways. Wicks offers a rich array of insights including seven practical steps, a thirty-day retreat, and a Spiritual Mindfulness Questionnaire. This creative combination of ancient wisdom and contemporary psychology is designed to help readers develop a loving, clear, and spiritually balanced outlook.
Robert J. Wicks received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital and is on the faculty of Loyola University, Maryland. He has published more than 50 books for professionals and the general public, including Bounce: Living the Resilient Life; Riding the Dragon; and Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm. Dr. Wicks has lectured on the importance of resilience and possessing a healthy perspective in Hanoi, Beijing, Budapest, Belfast, and Johannesburg as well as at the Mayo Clinic, Harvard's Children's Hospital, and Harvard Divinity School, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and on Capitol Hill to members of Congress and their chiefs of staff. He has received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Counseling Association's Division on Spirituality, Ethics, and Values and in 2006 was recipient of the first annual Alumni Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology from Widener University.
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
"Robert Wickss books are always insightful and inspiring. His latest publication, Prayerfulness, provides people, especially pastoral leaders, with ways not only to pray but to live with a spirit of prayerfulness."
- Bishop of Tucson
"Robert J. Wicks is the kind of wise elder that you need when times are tough and you are looking for hope. He has traveled the hard road and has gathered gems of insight and wisdom along the way. Robert is both a trustworthy pastor and a fascinating storyteller, and you are likely to leave his hut at the edge of the village with renewed energy and creativity, and with greater freedom to love."
- Author of The Essential Henri Nouwen