Robert J. Wicks received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital and is on the faculty of Loyola University, Maryland. He has published more than 50 books and is a master in the arts of lifelong learning and the creation of curriculum. Wicks puts both of these talents on display in this short but insightful paperback.
First, a definition: "Spiritual resilience is not simply about recovering from adversity. It is about bouncing back in a way that deeper knowledge of both God and self may result. With the right guidance, during difficult times and periods of confusion, pain, and stress, we have a unique opportunity to nurture our relationship with God and enable it to grow in surprising ways."
These are times that test the soul, and many of us are being forced to readjust our plans for the future and find the courage and the flexibility to improvise our days. This practical paperback with questions and exercises in each chapter is divided into sections on:
• Spiritual Strength: A Psychological Resource During Difficult Times
• Uncovering and Addressing the Enemies of a Healthy Spiritual and Psychological Perspective
• Reaching Out…Without Being Pulled Down
Wicks is a masterful spiritual quotation finder and you will be edified and inspired by the words of Henri J. M. Nouwen, Karl Rahner, Abraham Heschel, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and many others. Our covenantal relationship with God provides us with the energy and the discipline to forge a way into the future. Equally important is a healthy self-love. Spiritual Resilience will lift your spirit with its optimistic presentation of what it takes to survive in these tangled and tense times.