7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness: Enriching Your Faith by Strengthening the Health of Your Soul

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In 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness , best-selling author Joe Paprocki provides a prescription for spiritual health based on the rich wisdom of Catholic Tradition. Through his nondogmatic, downright inviting style of writing, Paprocki makes this book eminently accessible to non-Catholics and "seekers" as well.

Recognizing that the spiritual immune system is weakened almost daily by toxic patterns and attitudes that negatively impact our ability to live in a harmonious relationship ...

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Overview

In 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness , best-selling author Joe Paprocki provides a prescription for spiritual health based on the rich wisdom of Catholic Tradition. Through his nondogmatic, downright inviting style of writing, Paprocki makes this book eminently accessible to non-Catholics and "seekers" as well.

Recognizing that the spiritual immune system is weakened almost daily by toxic patterns and attitudes that negatively impact our ability to live in a harmonious relationship with God and others, Paprocki offers seven enduring and reliable strategies for achieving spiritual wellness. After identifying practical ways to integrate each of these strategies into daily living, he describes seven persistent dangers to our spiritual well-being and how these dangers manifest themselves in our lives.

At its core, 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness helps us see the Christian faith not as a collection of rules and doctrine, but as a spiritual path—a path whose guideposts for spiritual wellness are sure to lead us to a more meaningful life and to a much richer experience of our faith.

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"Paprocki hits high stride in his treatment of beauty and imagination, two keys to a vigorous and fulfilling spiritual life of well-being."
—Spirituality & Practice

 "Paprocki packages the church's traditional prescription for holiness as the spritual cure to what ails Americans in the 21st century — and he does it in a down-to-earth, non-preachy way... He quotes scripture but also "Seinfeld"; cites popes and Pink Floyd; and refers to theological greats like Hans Urs von Balthasar but also to popular authors."
— Heidi Schlumpf, National Catholic Reporter

 “Nearly every page provides profound insights into spiritual wellness, what keeps us from attaining it, and how we can move toward achieving it.”
— RTJ’s Creative Catechist

"Paprocki’s extensive knowledge of his subject, his creativity, and his enthusiasm and passion are evident on every page. To pastors and directors of religious education everywhere: This is a book for every catechist in your parish."
U.S. Catholic

"Paprocki’s keys are not complicated in their statement and include seeking good in others, thinking through one’s actions, and looking for beauty. However, implementing these keys will require discipline and could transform the reader’s life if implemented to any serious degree. For that reason, Paprocki has written a powerful little book that could bring great satisfaction to those who choose to follow it."
— Annie Peters, Portland Book Review

 "Joe Paprocki's books, including the latest, 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness , demonstrate his gift for teaching and his deep commitment to a healthy spirituality."
- Carol Blank, WritingWorks

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829436891
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 661,846
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Paprocki is national consultant for faith formation at Loyola Press. He has 30 years of experience teaching at many different levels and continues to serve as a catechist. Paprocki is a popular speaker and the author of many books, including Living the Mass and A Well-Built Faith.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Key 1 Seeing Yourself As You Really Are 1

Key 2 Actively Seeking the Good of Others 15

Key 3 Thinking Before Acting 31

Key 4 Holding on Loosely 45

Key 5 Recognizing and Setting Limits 61

Key 6 Seeking Beauty 77

Key 7 Unleashing Your Imagination 95

Conclusion: Spiritual Wellness Equals Holiness 109

Bibliography 115

Acknowledgments 118

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

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    Stories, examples, and lists

    On his web site, Joe Paprocki makes clear that working with catechists is one of his favorite things. His books, including the latest, 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness, demonstrate his gift for teaching and his deep commitment to a healthy spirituality. Paprocki, an education major with a master’s in pastoral studies and doctorate in ministry, has served as catechist, parish director of religious education, and diocesan consultant on catechist formation. In 2002 he joined Loyola Press where he is now national director of faith formation. In 7 Keys Paprocki defines virtues that represent the opposite of the seven deadly sins: For example, the first key, seeing yourself as you really are, links to humility, the antithesis of pride. The third key, thinking before acting, addresses gentleness and prudence as alternatives to the sin of anger. Each chapter begins with a focus question and discussion that elaborates on the topic. Paprocki has organized the material under subheadings and uses stories, examples, and lists throughout. For instance, the chapter on the fifth key, recognizing and setting limits, opens with a personal story involving mosquito bites, which brings us to the issue of spiritual itches and our tendency to scratch and scratch without identifying the source of the problem. Paprocki lists 10 modern day itches such as losing a job and experiencing “general chaos” followed by common methods of coping—from shopping to substance abuse to blogging, tweeting, and surfing the Internet. He identifies ways such practices can get out of hand and possible results. Next comes a reference to twelve-step programs, with the AA steps spelled out. Practical suggestions, each with a brief explanation, include being honest and contrite, practicing charity and self-sacrifice, getting involved in a faith community, changing your routine, and practicing “disorder displacement.” The chapter closes with a brief discussion on minor exorcism of the Catholic Church and an exorcism prayer adapted from the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

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