When it comes time to make important decisions in our lives, it is very human to want to feel that the decisions we are making are good.
When we approach decision making as a spiritual practice, we are recognizing that we need the aid of the wise and loving Spirit whose Light exceeds our own.
This is the practice of spiritual discernment, the traditional name for listening and attending to God’s guidance. We approach decision-making in this book as active participants, co-creators with God in shaping our lives. Drawing on twenty-five years of experience as a psychologist and fifteen years of experience as a spiritual director, Nancy Bieber presents three essential aspects of Spirit-led decision-making:
- Willingness—being open to God’s wisdom and love
- Attentiveness—noticing what is true, discerning the path right for us
- Responsiveness—taking steps forward as the way becomes clear
With gentle encouragement, Bieber shows us how to weave these themes together so that they strengthen our decision making process and help us find our path.
Each chapter is enriched by detailed and practical spiritual exercises, which serve as tools for our process of decision making. An appendix includes a guide for using this book in groups, with reading assignments, practices and meditations for each session.
Compelling, beneficial…. Filled with insight and wisdom, as well as practical practices in discernment, this is a volume you’ll return to often.
J. Brent Bill
Quaker minister and retreat leader
author, Sacred Compass: The Way of Spiritual Discernment
Decision Making and Spiritual Discernment was released in October 2010. For a recent newspaper review, click on http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/320585 Your own review at Amazon.com and other sites is welcomed and helps to promote the book.