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 professions—physicians, teachers, psychologists, and ministers—assisting 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 globe—from 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 master’s degree in clinical psychology in 1973 from St. John’s University and a doctorate in psychology from Philadelphia’s 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 including Streams of Contentment, Riding the Dragon, and Crossing the Desert. He is on faculty at Loyola College, Baltimore. Wicks and his wife Michaele have a grown daughter. They live in suburban Baltimore, Maryland.
Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Timesby Robert J. Wicks
With over 50,000 copies sold, Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times has for a decade made itself an indispensable spiritual and psychological guide to readers experiencing seasons of adversity. This anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author with personal reflections and fresh perspective on today’s challenges. "Don’t try to slay your dragons, learn to ride them!” Drawing on Eastern and Western traditions, psychologist Robert Wicks emboldens readers to face life’s difficulties—the “dragons” that escape from the cave. Readers will find guidance and encouragement to engage problems as a means to growth and transformation, to ride their dragons rather than slay them or drive them back into their cave. Wicks fashions ten simple lessons on identifying and confronting the everyday dragons readers meet: from engaging darkness to finding simplicity to keeping perspective.
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Easy to read and great insights caring for self while helping others in ministry. Robert Wicks stress the importance of self-care while under stress in ministry. Great bibliography at the end of the book for further study, reflection on this issue.
An excellent book -- offers practical guidance and pulls in profound spiritual insights. I recommend it for people dealing with a current tough situation, people who have gone through a rough patch in the past, and people who know from experience that a crisis can come at any moment. I have purchased several copies and given them away as gifts.