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:
• Willingness—being open to God's wisdom and love
• Attentiveness—noticing what is true, discerning the right path
• Responsiveness—taking 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. 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 1 1. Beginning the Journey: Navigational Tools 11 2. Seeing Clearly: Fostering Lucid Self-Perception 21 3. The Gift of Humility: Building Healthy Self-Esteem 45 4. Freeing Your Potential: Taking Action 67 5. Building Bridges of Trust: Reengaging in Relationships 95 6. Grace: The Art of Forgiveness 123 7. Know Thyself: Coming Closer to God through the Transition of Divorce 147 8. Moving Forward: Growing into the Next Phase of Life 175 A Prayer for Renewal 185 A Final Note: If You Are Considering Divorce 186 Appendix I: Group Formation and Discussion Guide 189 Appendix II: Using This Book in a Group Setting 193 Suggested Rituals to Incorporate into Group Sessions 200 Suggestions for Further Reading 203
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