Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World by Robert WicksNight Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World by Robert Wicks

Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World

byRobert Wicks

Hardcover | September 7, 2017

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Caring for our family members, friends, and others is a central part of a rewarding life. For those in healing and helping professions such as medicine, nursing, education, psychotherapy, social work, ministry, and the military, the potential for a meaningful way of being may even become morepossible. But, compassion is not easy. At times, concern for others can be personally devastating when we don't possess the right attitude and approach. Reaching out (and reflectively within) without being pulled down requires the wisdom that only arises out of the right combination of humility andknowledge.Night Call offers the stories and principles gleaned over many years of writing and mentoring for those in the helping and healing professions. The stories are offered in ways that foster compassionate caring while encouraging initiative in those who seek to personally deepen and share their liveswith others - especially in times of significant need. With this in mind, Dr. Wicks presents information on:* being a healing presence* mining fruits of the failures all of us must experience at times * the need to enjoy the daily "crumbs of alonetime" * the importance of a spirit of "unlearning" * developing a simple realistic self-care program * valuing informal or formal mentoring* recognizing the "3 calls" to which we must respond to as we psychologically develop* honoring life's most elusive psychological virtue (humility)Purposely brief, the chapters, as well as the sections in the "personal resiliency retreat" section at the end of the book, have as their goal a reconsideration of values, signature strengths, and simple approaches to living a resilient, rewarding life. Rather than presenting new breakthroughs,Night Call is designed to dust off what most of us already know, at some level, so we can freshly view the key approaches and techniques that provide increased psychological self-awareness and a potentially healthier sense of presence to others. The themes offered may have been forgotten, or becomeundervalued/set aside because of some of society's dysfunctional norms or unhelpful family influences. In response, this simple, countercultural book combines the value of essential self-compassion with caring for others in ways that provide the impetus for further exploration of a fuller narrativefor both the readers of this work and unforeseen opportunities as well for those who are fortunate enough to cross their paths.
Robert J. Wicks, PsyD, received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital and is Professor Emeritus, Loyola University Maryland. He has published more than 50 books for professionals and the general public, including Perspective: The Calm within the Storm (Oxford, 2014); Bounce: Living the Resilient Life (...
Title:Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 7, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190669632

ISBN - 13:9780190669638

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"Night Call by Robert Wicks, helps caregivers to slow down, to pay as much attention to themselves and their own needs as they do the needs of those they are serving. Many books will advocate for self-care, but Dr. Wicks shows you how to do it. The conversational tone and lack of psychologicaljargon can be deceptive. The book is easy to read but filled with seasoned wisdom. A splendid book not only for health-caregivers but also for clergy, for family caregivers and anyone whose focus is on serving the lives of those they love" --Deborah van Dusen Hunsinger, PhD Charles W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology, Princeton