Working at Wellington Square Book Shop these past few years has provided me with many happy days! Lucky for you some may say! Enjoying your work? It is truly a pleasure to work with such fantastic people who all share the love and joy that reading brings. It is a magical atmosphere to be ensconced in books that are new, used, classic and all genres in between. There are unique gifts throughout that are available to be enjoyed by young and old.
But we all know that it’s the human experience we crave, the connection to community and a community we are building! We have welcomed many new faces of late due to the closing of Chester County Book Company and to our being awarded Best of Philly Indie Book Shop. I am thrilled to share with you two new customers I met recently.
A couple came in and were enjoying a drink and treats at the café counter. We began engaging in conversation and sharing our book interests. It turns out he is one of my favorite authors! I nearly hopped over the counter! But I gathered myself together, walked around and greeted Robert and Michaele Wicks with a warm embrace!
Robert Wicks is a renowned psychologist, author and speaker. He has written over 50 books for professionals and the general public. Robert Wicks has spoken all over the world to many types of professionals and students. He brings his message of valuing our strengths, taking charge of self -care and to developing a practice of mindfulness. I have personally read three of his books and have gifted them to others. They are little gems of wisdom offering very practical ways to incorporate his teachings. He draws in the wisdom of not only Western traditions but brings in the teaching of the Desert Fathers and Buddhism. His book “Riding the Dragon:10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times” has sold over 50,000 copies! “It is an indispensable spiritual and psychological guide to readers experiencing seasons of adversity”. I love the line from this book that states, “Don’t try to slay your dragons, learn to ride them”. A few of his other books are titled “Everyday Simplicity”, a reviewer writes “Perfect for beginning spiritual seekers and a welcome companion for continuing pilgrims”. Another book is “Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm”. Author Alexandra Fuller states, “This is the kind of book that you can’t put down because it is so necessary”.
In our overly stressed, overly “connected” world Robert Wicks’ books offer us a roadmap to keeping ourselves present to our center by grounding ourselves in prayer and meditation. His writing style is very warm and direct. Give yourself a gift (your first one for self care) and buy one or two of his books. You won’t be sorry!
P.S. We are hoping to have “Bob” to the shop one night in the near future to discuss and sign one of his books. Stay tuned…
Staff of Wellington Square Book Shop