After 50: Spiritually Embracing Your Own Wisdom Years

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Paulist Press, 1997 - Religion - 88 pages
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This book encourages readers of all ages - but most particularly those "after 50" - to seek and embrace God as the center of their lives, to care for others from a deeper place in their souls and to nurture their own interior lives through creative, new and simple ways. Robert Wicks' thought-provoking blend of ideas, quotations, story, humor and original prayer provides solid, practical spiritual guidance as well as insightful psychological reflection. In three sections - "Praying", "Caring" and "Nurturing" - Robert Wicks offers his readers a gentle prod to discover the riches of this holy time of life. "Praying" encourages such activities as having honest conversations with God, enjoying silence and solitude and developing personal parables. "Caring" challenges readers to be present to others, to become true listeners and to be faithful to those in need. "Nurturing" provides concrete and creative suggestions for soul-nourishing.

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Honestly, overall, the book isn't that great. But there are some points here and there which can help one put life in perspective. Not worth a serious analytical reading, but a cursory read will get you all the book has to offer.



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Page 5 - Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Page 5 - We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Page 3 - The ancient equation of old age and wisdom is far from being a misconception. However, age is no guarantee for wisdom. A Hebrew proverb maintains: "A wise old man — the older he gets the wiser he becomes, a vulgar old man — the older he gets the less wise he becomes." People are anxious to save up financial means for old age ; they should also be anxious to prepare a spiritual income for old age. That ancient principle — listen to the voice of the old — becomes meaningless when the old have...

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Robert J. Wicks strives to open people who are used to giving to the miracle of receiving. He accomplishes this goal by marrying sound psychology and basic spiritual truths that set the stage for profound personal transformation. A popular presenter at workshops and conventions, Wicks is especially appealing to people in the helping professions physicians, teachers, psychologists, and ministers assisting them to integrate the psychological and the spiritual so they can extend their emotional flames to others without burning out in the process. He has worked around the globe from the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated to the United States from Rwanda to conducting workshops in Cambodia for members of the international community assigned to help the Khmer people rebuild their nation. Additionally, he delivered presentations at Walter Reed Army Hospital to health care professionals involved in caring for Iraqi war veterans with amputations and severe head injuries. 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 in 1977. In 1996, Pope John Paul II awarded Wicks a papal medal for his service to the Catholic Church. Wicks has written more than forty books including Streams of Contentment, Riding the Dragon, and Crossing the Desert. He is on faculty at Loyola College, Baltimore. Wicks and his wife Michaele have a grown daughter. They live in suburban Baltimore, Maryland.

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