Decision Making & Spiritual Discernment: The Sacred Art of Finding Your Way by Nancy L. Bieber
Stay spiritually grounded and open to divine wisdom as you shape your life.
"To make wise decisions, we need the aid of that wise and loving Spirit whose wisdom and light exceed our own. With the Spirit illuminating the complexities of our decisions, we can see and understand more about ourselves and our choices." from the Introduction
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:
Willingnessbeing open to God's wisdom and love
Attentivenessnoticing what is true, discerning the right path
Responsivenesstaking steps forward as the way becomes clear.
With gentle encouragement, Bieber shows how to weave these themes together to discover the best path for you.
Each chapter is enriched by practical spiritual exercises to help you understand yourself and your specific situation, as well as to strengthen spiritual discernment as a daily way of life. An appendix includes a detailed guide for using the book in group study.
Nancy L. Bieber is a spiritual director, psychologist and teacher with thirty years of experience in working with individuals and groups in transition and change. She is author of Decision Making and Spiritual Discernment: The Sacred Art of Finding Your Way (SkyLight Paths). A core leader with Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development, she leads spiritual formation retreats and workshops around the country. She also teaches at Lancaster Theological Seminary.
Nancy L. Bieber is available to speak on the following topics:
The Sacred Art of Finding Your Way: Decisions and Discernment
Contemplative Practices for Daily Life
The Ancient Gift of Spiritual Direction. What Difference Does It Make?
Strengthening Spiritual Life in Community
Remembering Who You Are: The Prayer Pause
Table of Contents
Introduction: Making a Start 1
Part I Willingness
1 Opening with a "Yes" 15
2 Facing Our Fears 31
Part II Attentiveness
3 Surveying the Situation 49
4 Listening to the Inner Self 65
5 Noticing God's Nudges 81
6 The Habit of Attentiveness 95
Part III Responsiveness
7 Testing Our Decisions 115
8 Step by Step 131
9 When We Have to Wait 147
10 The Harvest of Discernment 161
Epilogue: A Letter for Decision Makers 175
Guide for Groups: A Six-Session Course of Study and Practice 178
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