This time of the year, most people automatically go into a self-evaluation mode. They unconsciously start honest appraisal of their deeds during the year which is closing on to its end; and in the process make confessions. These confessions most of the times are made to the self and insignificant number of times to others.
Well-known public speaker and author on a wide-range of topics, Paul Wilkes of Wilmington, in his new book focuses solely on these confessions (‘confessions, with a lower case c, constitute 98 percent of all confessions, and are made to self. ‘Confessions’, with an upper case C, account for just 2 percent and are made to others) and the role played by them in elevating a person to a higher levels of existence.
Wilmington claims that if confessions are made a daily part of one’s existence; then they have the power to not only enrich the practitioner’s life by changing the ‘life-limiting guilt’ to “happy guilt.”; but also by providing the confessor with valuable insights. These insights and a better understanding of self (why I did so? What was wrong in my actions or behavior? Will I do the same again?) also makes the person a Better human being, claims the author.
by: Paul Wilkes
publisher: Workman Publishing Company, published: 2012-01-01
sales rank: 595107
price: $9.44 (new)
Paul Wilkes has written an elegant, prescriptive, secular book—a spiritual gem—that reinvents the power of confession for a contemporary audience. Confession is the foundation of religion, the essence of mental health. It is listening to the voice within to follow the path to honest and conscious living. And for thousands of years people have used the power of confession to find their best selves.
Liberating confession from the confessional, The Art of Confession draws on traditions as old as ancient Greece and as modern as psychoanalysis as diverse as Judaism, Catholicism, and Islam, to show readers how to incorporate a confessional practice into their daily lives. There are visualizations, spiritual exercises, prompts, and meditations; private confessions, direct confessions, psychological confessions.
Accompanied throughout by a wise “confessional chorus”—a rabbi, a priest, a psychiatrist, a nun, whose points-of-view complement and augment the text—The Art of Confession is an antidote to our age of oversharing, where we happily broadcast the minutest details of our lives in public, yet never find the time to discover the risk, relief, and ultimately the renewal that real, considered self-reflection offers.