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Ray Wilson is an academically trained social observer -- a sociologist -- who had a fortuitous vantage point for observing the phenomena and people shaping American society from mid-twentieth century onward. Just young enough to miss the shooting in the Korean War, his path began in the cold war military, taking him through the segregated south and then active civilian involvement in the civil rights, great society, and civil unrest eras, made him a professional analyst and strategist in the "wars" on crime and on poverty, and in the consumer and quality revolutions. He was a manager in government, industry, private business, and non-profit sectors, personally involved with leaders and issues taking centerstage and making national headlines.
Seriously academic, seriously professonal, and seriously spiritual, Ray Wilson is also seriously funny, a talented comedy writer and winner of many stand-up comedy competitions. He is a competitive runner, often winning or placing high in his now-senior age category, explaining that "things seem to get easier when the competition's dead."
He is also the author of "Bought, Not Sold: Single Agency, Buyers' Brokers, Flat Fees, and the Consumer Revolution in Real Estate" (paperback, 1997) widely recognized as a definitive critique of the real estate agency industry. It is available through book retailers everywhere, and an updated Smashword Ebook version is currently planned.
on April 12, 2012 :
In "The Rosary: Prayer for Thinking Christians", author Ray Wilson takes the reader on a journey that all Christians (not just Catholics) and even inquisitive non-Christians should find thought provoking, stimulating, and entertaining.
His colloquial style covers the history and mechanics of the Catholic Rosary, a prayer familiar to millions of Catholics and yet often misunderstood and underutilized.
In this book one finds not a quick guide or reference, but a rich tapestry that both educates and encourages the reader into fuller practice of the Rosary. Using vivid imagery and useful examples, the book's unique perspective sparked (for me) a renewed interest in the Rosary.
What sets this book apart from other Rosary books is the personality, vigor, humor and sincerity Ray obviously pours into it. I would recommend this book for any readers curious about the Rosary as well as Rosary "veterans" who might want to rekindle their admiration for this venerable devotion.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)