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Crossing the Desert: Learning to Let Go, See Clearly, and Live Simply [Paperback]

By Robert J. Wicks (Author)
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Robert J. Wicks, noted psychologist and best-selling author of Riding the Dragon and Everyday Simplicity, offers with an insightful guide on how the wisdom of the ancient desert monks can help contemporary readers grow in personal freedom and authenticity. Exploring the early Christian monastic movement of the Desert Fathers and Mothers through a psychological lens, Dr. Wicks uses their wisdom to guide readers towards humility and freedom. In the same way the desert sages never gave answers, but always asked questions, Crossing the Desert presents readers with the Four Desert Questions that will lead them to take Three Steps to Inner Freedom.

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Studio: Sorin Books
Pages   166
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.92" Width: 5.12" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2008
Publisher   Sorin Books
ISBN  1933495154  
ISBN13  9781933495156  

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Dr. ROBERT J. WICKS received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. Presently, he is a professor at Loyola University Maryland. He has spoken on Capitol Hill to members of Congress and their Chiefs of Staff, and at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic, and Harvard's Children's Hospital on his major area of expertise: the prevention of secondary stress. He has also addressed thousands of educators and professionals, spoken at the FBI Academy, and addressed caregivers in China, Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa. In his practice, Dr. Wicks focuses on working with psychotherapists, physicians, nurses, educators, relief workers, lawyers, corporate executives, persons in full-time ministry, and members of the military. He has published over forty-five books for both professionals and the general public, and is the coauthor, with Mary Beth Werdel, of Primer on Posttraumatic Growth: An Introduction and Guide (Wiley). Visit his website at

Robert J. Wicks currently resides in the state of Maryland. Robert J. Wicks has an academic affiliation as follows - Loyola University, Maryland University of Auckland University of Auckl.

Robert J. Wicks has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counseling
  2. Illuminationbooks

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Reviews - What do customers think about Crossing the Desert: Learning to Let Go, See Clearly, and Live Simply?

great book, wonderful insights  Jul 12, 2009
I have read several of Bob Wick's books and highly recommend all of them. this one is no exception.
The desert has its gifts...  Jan 4, 2009
Assuming there is eternal wisdom that gets written about in different cultures and in different contexts, this book presents some of that wisdom in the name of the desert fathers and mothers. The recurrent and superficial mentioning of the desert fathers and mothers in the book makes it easy to believe that invoking them is perhaps little more than a marketing ploy, because really very little is said about them in this book.

The current that runs through this book most clearly stems from the author's background in psychology- and perhaps having yet another psychologist write a book about how to live wisely did not inspire the publishers the way adding some spice with references to desert mothers and fathers did. I am just guessing here- and the way the book reads makes it easy to make this kind of guess.

That said, there are some truly worthy, inspiring and insightful passages in this book that while they were rare, were thoughts and inspirations I hadn't heard put that way previously and that I found very helpful.
Total Conversion   Feb 2, 2007
In his latest work, Dr. Wicks advises those seeking wisdom from the desert fathers and mothers to "read, underline, write out what we've underlined, study, think...absorb, practice." I suggest the same approach to Crossing the Desert. From the first chapter, Wicks continually draws parallels between the fourth century culture the Christian ammas and abbas wished to escape and that of the twenty-first century. He illustrates his points with stories from his personal and professional life and passages written by spiritual leaders and seekers of all faiths. With deeper, more focused reading we see that he is writing about total conversion and the freedom it brings, not simply offering a few add-ins for our bag of spiritual tricks.

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