Discerning God's Will / Edition 1

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Overview

Popular author Ben Campbell Johnson writes about the human quest to find one's purpose in life. He discusses how the will of God relies on the depths of the human psyche, and shows that the search for meaning is synonymous with the quest for the will of God. Johnson claims that once God's will is sensed, one must trust that God will continue to give guidance, even in the midst of evil. He suggests that the individual may be helped in finding the will of God in and through the church as a community of discernment. For each chapter, a series of reflection exercises is provided, along with a brief guide to the process of discernment.
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This is a thorough and sound discussion of the process of discerning God's will from the perspective of mainstream Protestant theology. Beginning with our search for meaning in life and with Trinitarian sources of revelation, the book then considers intuition, imagination, memory and personal history, action, the problem of evil, and the role of community in discernment. Its two appendixes, ``Reflection Exercises'' and ``An Abbreviated Exercise in Discernment,'' encourage applying the book's principles to one's own life. Helpful for both laity and clergy, the book is highly recommended for seminary and public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664251468
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,249,562
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author


Ben Campbell Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Christian Spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the author of a number of books, including Discerning God's Will and Speaking of God, both published by WJK.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7
1 The Search for Meaning 9
2 The Will of God 22
3 The Will of God Made Flesh 34
4 The Will of God Written in the Soul 51
5 Intuition: A Source of Discernment 67
6 Imagination and Discernment 81
7 Discernment Through Memory 96
8 Doing the Will of God 108
9 The Will of God and the Problem of Evil 123
10 Discerning the Will of God In and Through Community 136
Appendix A Reflection Exercises 150
Appendix B An Abbreviated Exercise in Discernment 164
Notes 167
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