Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times

Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times

by Robert J. Wicks
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Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times by Robert J. Wicks

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933495446
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 568,886
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Popular Catholic author and speaker Robert J. Wicks has been helping people take greater stock of their lives for almost forty years. He is professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland, has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, education, and social work, and has a consulting practice.

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 Lessons27
Lesson 1Prune Carefully ... and Often!32
Lesson 2Recognize Your Renewal Zones39
Lesson 3Catch the Slide53
Lesson 4Seek Hidden Possibilities61
Lesson 5Engage the Spiritual Darkness74
Lesson 6Pair Clarity and Kindness85
Lesson 7Find Love in Small Deeds96
Lesson 8Seek Perspective Daily107
Lesson 9Build a Barrier of Simplicity115
Lesson 10Come Home Often126
Epilogue: Be a Dangerous Listener145
Some Readings I Have Found Helpful152

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Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AnthonyRB More than 1 year ago
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.
Kervo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago