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Touching the Holy [Paperback]

Robert J. Wicks
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March 1 2007
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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I highly recommend this book for anyone who desires greater clarity about their goodness and the value of healthy relationships.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift Worthy May 11 2000
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift Worthy May 11 2000
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth buying Aug. 24 2013
By Michel
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Robert Wicks is one of my favorite writers and I enjoy his directness and frankness. I highly recommend his writting. All of his writtings to anyone seeking to find inner truth and a welcomed guide for the spiritual journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift Worthy May 11 2000
By Christine A. Nienhaus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Worth Reading More Than Once Jan. 4 2006
By Timothy Kearney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift Worthy May 11 2000
By Christine A. Nienhaus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching the Holy..."A Breath of Fresh Air!" April 26 2007
By Lola Audu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book-Touching the Holy June 1 2009
By T. B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We used this book in a women's study group. We enjoyed it very much. It was very helpful and many of us purchased extra copies to share with family and friends. We thought young people would especially find some valuable information in this book.
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