Prayerfulness

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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 ...

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Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fullness of Life

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Spirituality & Practice
Thoughtful treatments of gratitude, patience, flowing with God, kindness, and the courage to live. (Spirituality & Practice)
Spirit & Life
A simple, readable, commonsense book with gentle wisdom illustrated with anecdotes and stories. (Spirit & Life)
Catholic Library World
Robert Wicks has attained stature and esteem earned by his awareness of our humanity. . . . Recommended reading for all serious about their spirituality. (Catholic Library World)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933495309
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 422,748
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Wicks, who received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College, is on the faculty of Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Wicks has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, social work, nursing, and theology. He 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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