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Touching the Holy: Ordinariness, Self-Esteem, and Friendship [Paperback]

By Robert J. Wicks (Author)
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This newly repackaged edition of Wicks's most popular book will revitalize his message of ordinariness, self-esteem, and friendship for a new generation of spiritual seekers. He demonstrates that the simplicity and openness of truly ordinary people is a meeting place with God.

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This repackaged edition of noted psychologist Robert J. Wicks's most popular book encourages readers to share and receive that sacred presence more openly, especially through the gift of friendship. The book's enduring popularity is due in part to its practicality: principles of self-respect, skills for stress management, and more. Also includes a new introduction by Wicks.

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Studio: Sorin Books
Pages   188
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.96" Width: 5.06" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Sorin Books
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1933495022  
ISBN13  9781933495026  


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Robert J. Wicks is a Professor at Loyola College and has published several acclaimed books for professionals and the public. Dr. Wicks received his doctorate in psychology is from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. Prior to teaching in a CACREP-approved counseling program at Loyola College in Maryland, he taught at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.


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


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Touching the Holy..."A Breath of Fresh Air!"  Apr 26, 2007
This is the sort of book that, like an old friend, can be depended upon to bring insight, encouragment & refreshement. The full title of the book "Touching the Holy, Ordinariness, Self-Esteem, and Friendship" embraces the full spectrum of the author's understanding of what it means to fully experience the joy of being fully human.

I have never read anything which juxtaposed these powerful concepts in such an enlightening & revealing way. I found the chapters on the the works of the dessert Fathers to be especially beneficial as their ancient wisdom still speaks so eloquently to our modern circumstances and brings a clarity which is missing amidst our harried life styles.

This is a book that I've enjoyed reading & re-reading & I would higly recommend to anyone seeking a "breath of fresh air." It offers an insightful perspective that really helps in understanding why our simple "ordinariness" is truly a miraculous & extraordinary thing!
 
A Book Worth Reading More Than Once  Jan 5, 2006
The book TOUCHING THE HOLY: ORDINARINESS, SELF-ESTEEM, and FRIENDSHIP was my first introduction to the writings of Robert Wicks. People had commented to me about his wonderful insights and that the book was written in a manner that was both inviting and engaging so I decided I'd read it while on retreat. It turned out the week was snowy, the retreat house had a fireplace roaring most evenings, and I had the pleasure of spending some time in front of the fireplace reading this wonderful book.

Wicks focuses on three areas as the subtitle suggests. First, he focuses on our call as followers of Christ to ordinariness. Ordinariness for Wicks is not anonymity, weakness, or an encouragement to allow people to take advantage of a person. It is more of an invitation to simply be the people we were created to be. While it may sound as if he is challenging people to be less, his words are an encouragement to be pleased with who we truly are and not to strive to be what we are not meant to be. He quotes all sorts of well known names to base his theory. Some of the names include Thomas Merton, Robert Coles who speaks about his encounter with Dorothy Day, e.e. cummings, Henry Nouwen, and C.S. Lewis. His call to ordinariness reflects his training in both theology and psychology. He then looks at the call of ordinariness from the ancient writings of the Desert Fathers oaf the early Church and modern psychological beliefs about the true self/false self. While Wicks presents this material in an original manner, it is the final section of the book, that on friendship which for me was the book's greatest strength. This is where he first introduces his theory of the four types of friends: cheerleader, harasser, prophet, and soul guide and how our friends help us understand God's love and how we come to understand God's love through friendship. He alter expands on this idea in a book he co-authored with Robert Hamma CIRCLE OF FRIENDS.

This is the kind of book that can be read either in a sitting or two or in small portions as material for prayer and reflection. My guess is that readers will discover a book with much to offer. For me it has become a favorite and I return to it again and again. As a matter of fact, it is after returning to it again that I decided to write this review.
 
Gift Worthy  May 12, 2000
There is nothing that we could do that would make God love us any more than God does right now. We don't hear that enough. Robert Wicks reminds us of our holiness in our ordinariness. It's what God works best with. It's what God needs for us to be so God can introduce God's self to others through us. Wicks will reaquaint the reader with their goodness and the goodness of others simply by acknowledging that being human is "holy enough". He also challenges the reader to take an honest look at the different dimensions of friendship, helping the reader identify what is a healthy relationship and what may not be for now.
 
Gift Worthy  May 12, 2000
There is nothing that we could do that would make God love us any more than God does right now. We don't hear that enough. Robert Wicks reminds us of our holiness in our ordinariness. It's what God works best with. It's what God needs for us to be so God can introduce God's self to others through us. Wicks will reaquaint the reader with their goodness and the goodness of others simply by acknowledging that being human is "holy enough". He also challenges the reader to take an honest look at the different dimensions of friendship, helping the reader identify what is a healthy relationship and what may not be for now.
 

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