What Does God Want?: A Practical Guide for Making Decisions

What Does God Want?: A Practical Guide for Making Decisions

by Fr. Michael Scanlan


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How to make good — and Godly — decisions

Should you take that job?

Pursue that relationship?

Buy that house?

What Does God Want? gives you the tools you need to overcome your doubts and make wise choices . . . all in accordance with God’s will.

Here Fr. Michael Scanlan, former president of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, lays out for you the five critical questions you must answer as you wrestle with important – but naggingly difficult – decisions that keep you up at night.

Should you have that risky operation?

Move mom into a nursing home?

Report your son’s marijuana to the police?

Over the decades, Fr. Scanlan’s five simple questions have helped generations of his colleagues, students, and friends penetrate to the very heart of countless hard problems like these, leading them to wise solutions . . . and welcome peace.

From Father Scanlan you’ll learn:

  • How you must pray before making serious decisions.
  • How to discover your real motives for preferring certain solutions.
  • The role that intuition should – and should not – play in your decisions.
  • How to determine if that still, small voice is God speaking to you . . . or the Devil!
  • “Signs” confirming your choices: are they really from God or just wishful thinking? Learn here how to tell.

And much more to help you grow in love for God’s holy will and make good – and Godly – decisions!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622826544
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
Publication date: 12/19/2018
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 508,263
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Vincent Michael Scanlan, T.O.R. was a Roamn Catholic priest of the Franciscan Third Order Regular. He was responsible for the revival of the College of Steubenville, now known as Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sean O. Sheridan, T.O.R vii

Preface xi

Introduction 3

1 Does It Conform to God's Will? 7

2 Does It Encourage Conversion? 21

3 Is It Consistent? 35

4 What Confirms It? 53

5 Does Your Heart Say Yes? 69

6 Handling Difficulties 77

7 Courage: A Vital Virtue 85

8 Making a Decision for Life 91

9 Giving Guidance 105

Conclusion: Go for Holiness 119


A Praying for Guidance 125

B How I Pray Now: Prayer Is the Most Important Thing I Do 129

C Worksheets for Decision-Making 135

D For Further Reading 143

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