With over 50,000 copies sold, Riding the Dragon 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 perspectives 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.
|Publisher:||Ave Maria Press|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||3 MB|
About the Author
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 and Hospital in 1977. In 1996, Pope John Paul II awarded Wicks a papal medal for his service to the Catholic Church. He received honorary doctorates from Caldwell College and Georgian Court University, and in 2006, the first Alumni Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology from Widener University. He is also the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Counseling Association’s Division on Spirituality, Ethics, and Religious Values in Counseling.
He has written more than fifty books, including No Problem, Streams of Contentment and bestseller Riding the Dragon. Wicks gives presentations throughout the world and in 1994 was responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during the country’s genocide.
Wicks and his wife, Michaele, have a grown daughter and lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
|Enhancing Your Use of the Lessons||27|
|Lesson 1||Prune Carefully ... and Often!||32|
|Lesson 2||Recognize Your Renewal Zones||39|
|Lesson 3||Catch the Slide||53|
|Lesson 4||Seek Hidden Possibilities||61|
|Lesson 5||Engage the Spiritual Darkness||74|
|Lesson 6||Pair Clarity and Kindness||85|
|Lesson 7||Find Love in Small Deeds||96|
|Lesson 8||Seek Perspective Daily||107|
|Lesson 9||Build a Barrier of Simplicity||115|
|Lesson 10||Come Home Often||126|
|Epilogue: Be a Dangerous Listener||145|
|Some Readings I Have Found Helpful||152|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.