Prayerfulness (Awakening to the Fullness of Life)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Endorsements: "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 Wicks's 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

"What makes Prayerfulness stand out is Wicks's unfailing honesty and his ability to unite our everyday life to our relationship with the divine."
JoyceRupp
Author of Open the Door

Sample questions from the:
Spiritual Mindfulness Questionnaire

1. In your own life, how do you approach the people you meet and the ordinary activities of each day so that they become sacred?
2. What preoccupies you in ways that seem to prevent you from seeing God?
3. Are you someone who listens to others, or do you find that much of the time you are simply hearing them out while waiting for your opportunity to speak?
4. What unfinished business from the past seems to continually intrude upon your present peace, and how do you address it in a prayerful way?
5. When and how do you regularly meditate?

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What People Are Saying

Joyce Rupp

What makes Prayerfulness stand out is Wicks's unfailing honesty and his ability to unite our everyday life to our relationship with the divine. (Joyce Rupp, Author of Open the Door)

Kerry Kennedy

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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933495200
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 1,373,197
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert J. Wicks is a professor at Loyola College in Maryland. Wicks was responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers following the Rwandan civil war and also worked with relief teams in Cambodia. Wicks has authored over forty books, including Riding the Dragon and Crossing the Desert.

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From Prayerfulness
When we do seek to combine daily prayerfulness with meditation or contemplation, a circle of grace is formed which feeds, deepens, and enlivens our spiritual life. We see clearly and act with love. Such a sense of spiritual mindfulness also helps us navigate the perils of spiritual intimacy that face anyone interested in having the type of rich interior life out of which to live compassionately and meaningfully in today's anxious world.

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