Streams of Contentment

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In his most intimate self-portrait, Robert J. Wicks—bestselling author of "Riding the Dragon" and respected spiritual guide, therapist, and speaker—reflects on childhood summers spent away from New York on his family's farm. He mines those memories for lessons in finding contentment amidst hectic contemporary life.

Author, speaker, psychologist, and spiritual guide Robert J. Wicks opens a window into his personal life, relating stories of the ...

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Overview

In his most intimate self-portrait, Robert J. Wicks—bestselling author of "Riding the Dragon" and respected spiritual guide, therapist, and speaker—reflects on childhood summers spent away from New York on his family's farm. He mines those memories for lessons in finding contentment amidst hectic contemporary life.

Author, speaker, psychologist, and spiritual guide Robert J. Wicks opens a window into his personal life, relating stories of the people and places that shaped his spiritual perspective in youth and early in his professional career. Now in paperback, "Streams of Contentment" shows Wicks as a New York City boy spending summers on his uncle's farm in the Catskills. He highlights the resonance between life in the country and the insights of spiritual writers on gratefulness and mindfulness, concluding: "The crucial calling for me now is to be content with who and where I already am."

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When Wicks (Riding the Dragon) fishes the stream of contentment, he lands memories of summer visits to his uncle’s farm in the Catskills. Looking back, this city boy realizes that much of what he knows about life came from his rural relatives; thus, with this exploration of the nature of contentment, he starts from a personal foundation. Crucial to him now on his spiritual journey, he says, is to be happy with who he is and where he is. The first part comprises lessons and stories related to finding gentle contentment; each brief chapter ends with a pithy précis. The second part guides the reader on a 30-day retreat to the country; each day offers theory followed by a “simple practice.” Do not expect new trail marking or eloquent storytelling. Many of Wicks’s narratives are composites, but he borrows the wisest stories from such raconteurs as James Herriot and Anthony de Mello. Wicks, a psychologist and spiritual guide, is a professional listener, not teller, so his storytelling includes baggy prose (“This statement may seem surprising at first, but when one thinks about it for a while, it becomes clear”), vague pronouns, and clichés (“We can act out of our true identity”). The author needs, and deserves, harder editing. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933495606
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 573,780

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. Wicks was responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers following the Rwandan civil war and also worked with relief teams in Cambodia. 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. He has authored over fifty books, including "Prayerfulness" and "Riding the Dragon."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    An inspirational book good choice!

    I enjoyed this book, as there are many passages that give such good in sight in living your life to be a better person.

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