Spiritual discernment is the traditional name for listening and responding to divine guidance. In this book you will approach decision making as an active participant, a co-creator with God in shaping your life.
Author: Nancy Bieber
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing
Spiritual discernment is the traditional name for listening and responding to divine guidance. In this book you will approach decision making as an active participant, a co-creator with God in shaping your life. Drawing on twenty-five years of experience as a psychologist and fifteen years as a spiritual director, Nancy L. Bieber presents three essential aspects of Spirit-led decision making:
Following the way of discernment means becoming increasingly able to notice where God is at work in the world and in one's own life--and becoming increasingly generous with one's own life in response.
Author: Elizabeth Liebert
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
We all make decisions constantly--some with careful reflection, some without much thought. But what if we understood these decisions, minor as well as major, as matters of faithful Christian living? In this helpful and encouraging book, Elizabeth Liebert introduces the practice of discernment and guides readers through the process of faithful decision making. Following the way of discernment means becoming increasingly able to notice where God is at work in the world and in one's own life--and becoming increasingly generous with one's own life in response. After briefly exploring the Christian tradition of discernment, Liebert then turns to practical steps and exercises that will help readers as they seek God's call in the midst of their decisions, allowing readers to internalize some of these practices and incorporate them into their daily lives.
How to overcome the assault of an unbiblical mindset, which leads to compromise. If you want to become more attuned to God's leading and make sound decisions in key areas of your life, this book will equip you to do just that!
Author: Tim Ferrara
Publisher: Kingdom Winds Publishing
In a world of confusion, lies, and deceit, where sin is sugar-coated and compromise is popular, discerning what you should do can be hard. Yet, life demands we make critical choices. This inspiring, easy-to-read book guides you through the process of building successful discernment for your everyday life. As you read, you will discover how to measure teaching against God's Word, how to develop a life-giving connection with God, and the path to find clear direction from the Holy Spirit. You will also learn: How to discern God's will in your finances, relationships, career, entertainment, social media and more. How to distinguish truth from lies and right from wrong. How to overcome the assault of an unbiblical mindset, which leads to compromise. If you want to become more attuned to God's leading and make sound decisions in key areas of your life, this book will equip you to do just that!
This study explored the relationship between dreams, discernment, and spiritual intelligence.
Author: B. Anne Frey
This study explored the relationship between dreams, discernment, and spiritual intelligence. It focused on the experience of people who use dreams to help them with spiritual discernment or decision-making in a spiritual context. A case study methodology included questionnaires, personal dream records, and interviews to understand the seven participants experiences of exploring their dreams for guidance. Participants were self-selected by answering an ad seeking people whose dreams had helped them to make a decision, who journaled their dreams, and who consider themselves to be spiritual. Most participants reported being drawn to dreamwork by a significant life experience. While participants shared different perceptions as to what discernment consists of, each participant reported that dreams helped them to grow spiritually. A number of outcomes were exemplified, falling into two main grouping: a) the use of discernment in order to understand a dream (whether or not they ended up reaching a resolution or making a decision about the dream) and b) the use of dreams as part of a discernment process (whether or not the dreams helped them to resolve their discernment issue or make a decision). The intensity of emotion attached to an issue seemed, for some, to render it more difficult to arrive at particular decisions. For others, dreams seemed to ease the burden of discernment or decision-making by raising their degree of confidence towards their resolution or decision. Deepening appreciation of and growing desire for living spiritually, and learning more about spirituality were indicators of a developing spiritual intelligence. For most, spiritual growth occurred through knowledge or learning gained from their dreams. For some, their belief about God s role in their life impacted their experience of the Divine in their dreams.Finally, the study showed that individuals are not always aware of what had helped them, suggesting a subconscious process at work in both discernment and decision-making. The study affirmed a triadic link between dreams, discernment, and spiritual intelligence among people involved in spiritual dreamwork. It demonstrated ways by which the discernment process can build confidence in people who are turning to their dreams for guidance in a spiritual context.
Ultimately, What's Your Decision? helps us understand that a God decision always precedes a good decision: When we invite God—who cares deeply about what we do—into the decision-making process, we find the freedom to make the best ...
Author: J. Michael Sparough
Publisher: Loyola Press
Discover a time-tested approach to making good decisions Do I go to graduate school? Whom should I marry? Should I change careers? What do I do with my life now that I'm retired? All of us have important decisions to make—decisions that radically alter our lives. Yet without a sound process in place for making key decisions, we are likely to question whether or not our final decision was a good decision; more to the point, we will never feel fully confident that our decision was what God truly desired for us. What's Your Decision? presents a time-tested, trustworthy approach to decision making based on the insights of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits and the author of the Spiritual Exercises, one of history's most influential spiritual texts. Throughout this fast-moving and highly practical book, the authors present an "Ignatian toolkit" for making sound choices and provide answers to many common questions such as What's important and what's not when it comes to making choices? Do I trust my gut? What do I really want? Ultimately, What's Your Decision? helps us understand that a God decision always precedes a good decision: When we invite God—who cares deeply about what we do—into the decision-making process, we find the freedom to make the best choice.
Author: Stephen Eugene ParkerPublish On: 1996-01-01
"Led by the Spirit is an interdisciplinary analysis and evaluation of people's claims to divine guidance that contributes to the understanding of these experiences at two levels.
Author: Stephen Eugene Parker
Publisher: A&C Black
"Led by the Spirit is an interdisciplinary analysis and evaluation of people's claims to divine guidance that contributes to the understanding of these experiences at two levels. In terms of methodology, this study is an exercise in practical theology - a means of deriving explanations of God, self, and world from the actions of a community of faith - with the practices associated with discernment and decision making in the Pentecostal tradition being the focal point for reflection. In terms of content, insight from object relations psychology and Tillich's theology are woven together with explanations from Pentecostal believers to provide a multilayered understanding and evaluation of the meaning and significance of these experiences."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
This book contains fresh insights into ecumenism and, notwithstanding claims of an “ecumenical winter,” affirms the view that we are actually moving into a “new ecumenical spring.” It offers new theological insights in the areas of ...
Author: Virginia Miller
Publisher: Springer Nature
This book contains fresh insights into ecumenism and, notwithstanding claims of an “ecumenical winter,” affirms the view that we are actually moving into a “new ecumenical spring.” It offers new theological insights in the areas of Christology, Pneumatology and Trinitarian theology, and discusses developments in ecumenism in the USA, UK, Australia, India, and Africa, as well as in ecumenical institutions such as the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Anglican Roman Catholic Commission (ARCIC).
Small groups, committees, church boards, church leaders at all levels, and seminary professors will find this book valuable. This is a revised and updated version of the book, originally published in 1997.
Author: Danny E. Morris
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Bible study, research, and fieldwork merge in this book of practical principles for decision making by spiritual discernment. The step-by-step approach can be used to help any size group learn a new way to make decisions--a way that is interactive, spiritual, and rooted in faith practices and community. Small groups, committees, church boards, church leaders at all levels, and seminary professors will find this book valuable. This is a revised and updated version of the book, originally published in 1997. This new version inclused revised and updated material, as well as a new introduction by Charles Olsen.
Author: Timothy M. GallagherPublish On: 2015-09-01
In ten lectures, filmed in the beautiful St. Clement's Shrine in Boston, Father Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V. presents a video guide for spiritual directors based on his best-selling title Discerning the Will of God.
Author: Timothy M. Gallagher
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
For everyone ready to make the shift from “What do I want for my life?” to “what does God want for my life?” In 10 lectures, filmed in the beautiful St. Clement's Shrine in Boston, Father Timothy Gallagher, presents a video guide for spiritual directors based on his bestselling titleDiscerning the Will of God. Using texts from St. Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises and real-life situations, Father Gallagher offers the spiritual director instruction on how to guide persons through the process of discernment, how to help them discern the movements of their hearts, and how to walk with them toward clarity regarding God's will. The insights offered throughout the series can be adapted to a wide range of decisions that persons may face in life. This DVD is also accompanied by a study guide, making it an ideal resource for all who want to discover where God is leading them, as well as for spiritual directors, retreat directors, and counselors.
Author: Luke Timothy JohnsonPublish On: 2011-12-01
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Author: Luke Timothy Johnson
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Luke Timothy Johnson begins his study of the practical issue of how decisions are made in the church by admitting to a bias: that there ought to be a connection between what the church claims to be, and how it does things. Because the church claims to be a community of faith, it does not reach decisions simply on the basis of good management policy, or the analysis of market trends, or efficiency, or even ideological consistency, but in response to God's activity in the world that presses upon us and urges us to decision. Faced with how to respond to God's leading, the church decides what to do on the basis of two realities: Scripture and discernment. Because it calls the church into being Scripture is the fundamental authority in the church's life. Yet it is not enough for a congregation simply to turn to the Bible when a decision must be reached, for Scripture does not directly address all issues which face the church today, and those it does often reflect greatly differing historical and social contexts than our own. Thus, added to the authority of Scripture in the church's decision making is a process of discernment, in which the members of the community--under the guidance of the Holy Spirit--recall how God has worked in their lives as individuals and as a community and discern together God's direction for the future. Johnson argues that this very pattern of decision making can be found in Scripture itself, notably in one of the central events of the book of Acts. Beginning with the conversion of Cornelius and culminating in the Apostolic Council of Acts 15, we see how a string of smaller narratives combine to tell the story of God's movement within their midst, and how this narrative became the basis for the reinterpretation of Scripture and the inclusion of Gentiles into the fellowship of the church. Looking at a number of thorny issues facing the contemporary church, Johnson demonstrates how the interaction of Scripture and discernment can and must become the basis for how we respond to the decisions with which the church wrestles today.
Based on the time-tested spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th-century founder of the Jesuits who developed a systemic way of considering and making choices, this revised edition helps those who want to make fruitful ...
Author: Pierre Wolff
Based on the time-tested spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th-century founder of the Jesuits who developed a systemic way of considering and making choices, this revised edition helps those who want to make fruitful choices and manage decisions with faithfulness to God.
It is also a skill-something that any person can develop and improve, especially with the guidance in this book.
Author: Tim Challies
Spiritual discernment is good for more than just making monumental decisions according to God's will. It is an essential, day-to-day activity that allows thoughtful Christians to separate the truth of God from error and to distinguish right from wrong in all kinds of settings and situations. It is also a skill-something that any person can develop and improve, especially with the guidance in this book. Written by a leading evangelical blogger, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment is an uplifting, scripturally grounded work that explains the need for discernment, its challenges, and the steps that will cultivate it. Author Tim Challies does not do the discerning for readers; he simply shows them how to practically apply scriptural tools, principles, and wisdom so that their conclusions about everything-people, teachings, decisions, media, and organizations-will be consistent with God's Word.
Sustainability , Spirituality , and Discernment or Discernment Upholds
Sustainability Spiritual discernment supports sustainability : the practice of discernment during decision making will lead decision - making groups to be
more apt to reach ...
Author: Jerry Biberman
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Category: Business & Economics
An innovative look at some of the latest research on the intersection of spirituality and business.
Integrating the wisdom of Christian tradition and recent psychological findings on effective decision-making, this book presents a view of Christian discernment that honors the body-spirit unity of the person and the broad and mysterious ...
Author: Wilkie Au
Publisher: Paulist Press
Integrating the wisdom of Christian tradition and recent psychological findings on effective decision-making, this book presents a view of Christian discernment that honors the body-spirit unity of the person and the broad and mysterious ways we can be led by the spirit of God in our life-choices. Going beyond discernment skills and concrete practices, this book presents a coherent theoretical understanding of discernment that grounds the many spiritual practices used by Christians today. By providing a broad and inclusive understanding of the multiple ways God can provide guidance to individuals, this book helps individuals to honor the unique and idiosyncratic way that they receive divine guidance, as well as provides guidelines that guard against possible self-deception and personal blind-spots. While including anecdotal accounts and practical elements or Christian discernment, this book provides a conceptual understanding of discernment that will be helpful for those training to be professional ministers, pastors, priests, religious counselors, and spiritual directors. It is unique in applying Christian tradition and contemporary psychological insights to the process of discernment.
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Author: Amy Slagle
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Like many Americans, the Eastern Orthodox converts in this study are participants in what scholars today refer to as the "spiritual marketplace" or quest culture of expanding religious diversity and individual choice- making that marks the post-World War II American religious landscape. In this highly readable ethnographic study, Slagle explores the ways in which converts, clerics, and lifelong church members use marketplace metaphors in describing and enacting their religious lives. Slagle conducted participant observation and formal semi-structured interviews in Orthodox churches in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Jackson, Mississippi. Known among Orthodox Christians as the "Holy Land" of North American Orthodoxy, Pittsburgh offers an important context for exploring the interplay of Orthodox Christianity with the mainstreams of American religious life. Slagle's second round of research in Jackson sheds light on the American Bible Belt where over the past thirty years the Orthodox Church in America has marshaled significant resources to build mission parishes. Relatively few ethnographic studies have examined Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the United States, and Slagle's book fills a significant gap. This lucidly written book is an ideal selection for courses in the sociology and anthropology of religion, contemporary Christianity, and religious change. Scholars of Orthodox Christianity, as well as clerical and lay people interested in Eastern Orthodoxy, will find this book to be of great appeal.