Direction: Discernment for the Decisions of Your Life

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  • ISBN-13: 9780834123359
  • Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     7
Introduction: Hello, God, Is This Really You?     9
Is This Aligned with the Character of God?     31
Is There an Obstacle or Opposition?     48
Is It God-sized?     67
Does It Require Steps of Faith?     84
Is It Stretching, Growing, and Strengthening Me?     98
Does It Require Me to Adjust, Prune, and Realign My Life?     118
Obstacles to Hearing from God     133
Asking the Wrong Question     152
Epilogue     169
Appendix
The Six-Question Discernment Process     173
Names of God     174
Ignatian Method     176
Proverbs for Memorization     178
Community of Faith     180
Wisdom's Ways     181
Group Study Questions     182
Acknowledgments     189
Notes     191
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  • Posted October 14, 2009

    Asking the right questions

    Many times, it's easy to discern a good choice from a bad one. But when neither option is bad or wrong, how does one know which path to choose? While most of us would prefer the proverbial "handwriting on the wall" to show us the way, that kind of unmistakable message from God is rare. But according to Cowell's book, that's OK. We don't need it. In fact, instead of trying to guess what God's will is, she writes, we should instead focus on discerning His "way." When we know God's way, we'll be better able to choose our own.

    Direction is not a Ouija board which will magically point you to your next move. It equips the reader with the right questions, the right tools to evaluate the possibilities on his or her own. Cowell also wisely devotes a chapter to "Obstacles to Hearing from God." Drawing on personal experiences, real-life stories from others, the Word of God and the wisdom of classic theologians, Cowell explores decision-making at a fundamental level. I found her insights to be thoroughly based in Scripture and very balanced.

    Cowell adds even more value to her already solid book by including several helpful appendices and group study questions for each chapter, making this well-suited for small group or individual use, and appropriate for every stage of life.

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