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Sacred Compass: The Way of Spiritual Discernment

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Offering a fresh and deeper way to live a God-directed life that eschews simple spiritual solutions, this volume explains that discernment is unique to each person. The text leads the reader into a life of continuous experiences of God and of transformation.
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Paraclete Press (MA)
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Feb 08, 2015 Gloria Maria Vazquez rated it really liked it
J. Brent Hill is a Quaker pastor who has a gift for writing. Sacred Compass is chalked full of spiritual wisdom and insights.
Garland Vance
Brent Bill, a Quaker minister, writes to help individuals discover the spiritual practice of discernment. He begins by telling about the Quaker saying, "when way opens," which means the ability to discern when God opens a way for a person to move in a particular direction.
Too often, Christians base their decisions on what "feels" right or by using decision making practices that they have learned in their trade. These decision making tools are not wrong, but we have been given the Holy Spirit who
Kathryn White
May 10, 2014 Kathryn White rated it really liked it
J. Brent Bill in Sacred Compass: The Way of Spiritual Discernment uses Quakerism as a foundation to find, follow, and ultimately live a more God-directed life.

He acknowledges that much of life can feel unclear and unstable. And he affirms there are practices that can be used like a compass to help us in our uncertain moments to walk with and towards Divine wisdom.

One of these practices is Lectio divina which “is Latin for ‘divine reading.’ It’s a structured way of combining prayer and scriptura
Jun 20, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dial in your sacred compass

This is not another mere "how to" book of guidance or spirituality. In this book the author lets us in on some of the ways of God's leading among us primarily looking to his own experience of paying attention to the "sacred compass" found in each one.
Dec 28, 2009 Jan added it
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Jan by: Found at IHS Book Fair
I loved this book. It is a wonderful book to help you on the road to finding out God's will for your life. I picked this up at the Indiana Historical Society's Annual Indiana Author Holiday Book signing. Unfortunately Brent Bill was ill and not able to attend, but the book looked intriguing to my daughter and me, so we picked it up! I am going to share it with everyone I know!
Dec 08, 2013 Paula rated it really liked it
Read this book for a small group study. Since I come from the same faith background as Brent (Quaker), much of the contents felt familiar. Still, it was good to be reminded that listening well trumps giving advice, and discernment isn't always about making decisions. Appreciated the "compass" motif. This will be a helpful book for many.
Nov 02, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing
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Really enjoyed this short and well written guide to spiritual discernment. The author is genuine, level headed, and funny. I loved the suggestions on the practical application of discernment! I also loved the quotes from other books - he definitely have me a few suggestions of things to read!
Dec 28, 2008 Darce rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Brent Bill's elegant and grounded writing about the life-long journey into spiritual discernment. His understanding of the process is informed by his experiences as a Quaker, however this book would be appreciated by people from a variety of spiritual traditions.
Jul 27, 2013 Karin rated it really liked it
Excellent book. Sweet and useful. I had to add all the books the author recommended to my Amazon wishlist. I have never been to a Quaker meeting but "the way" has always appealed to me.
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I like his down to earth style and his honesty.
I've read the whole, short book at least three times. It was worth it.
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Brent Bill is a Quaker minister, photographer, and author. He is the author of many books and magazine articles. He lives in rural Indiana on Ploughshares Farm -- a wildlife retreat with woods and native prairie.

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