Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyWicks, a psychologist on the faculty of Loyola College who specializes in treating physicians, nurses, priests and ministers, offers a persuasive guide to strengthening one's inner life, based on a combination of his two specialties: psychology and religion. Drawing on his experiences with patients as well as episodes from his own life, Wicks (Touching the Holy) shares the principles he has learned for creating a meaningful life in a world that he acknowledges may be filled with pain and negativity. His guidelines for developing a spiritually rich internal voice include finding time for daily self-reflection and prayer, living in the here and now, reaching out to others while accepting them for who they are and adhering to a personal philosophy based on simplicity and ordinariness. All of the author's advice is based on his conviction that the foundation of a meaningful life lies in the interaction between mindful prayer and compassionate behavior. Although devotees of the literature on simple-mindful living are unlikely to find new insights here, Wicks's book is accessible and leavened by gentle self-deprecating humor. (Sept.)
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Living a Gentle, Passionate Life based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I've picked this book up and set it down several times before getting through it. The ideas Mr. Wicks gives in each chapter, along with questions for consideration require time and reflection. He does offer a simple way to determine one's calling and then to follow it. But simple does not mean easy. Like therapy, the book requires self-reflection and examination of unpleasant areas of one's life. Like good therapy, the book offers gentle, life-affirming encouragement to conduct these self-examinations. I found myself in a better space after reading this book and am still searching for my 'name before God.'
I found this book superficial given the rich spiritual heritage of the Catholic Church...not much to reflect on. ...a therapist's simplistic reflections on deep spiritual issues.