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Listening to God in Times of Choice: Living Between How It Is & How It Ought to Be

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All Christians yearn to live at the center of God's will. But how to discern his will is an art that eludes many of us. And the advice we get often conflicts. Some tell us to look for a divine "blueprint" - the one perfect plan for our lives that we need to find. We are encouraged to search the Scriptures and hunt for signs, trying to uncover the map of our lives that God ...more
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Published April 21st 1997 by IVP Books (first published February 1997)
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Dec 07, 2015 Sagely rated it it was amazing
For more than a year our congregation has been a season of discernment. In our denomination no word seems to be bandied about more than "discernment." I've used the word a lot on Sunday mornings and in committee meetings.

But how do we go about "discerning"? What should I expect when I enter into discernment? What steps should I take to "discern"?

Gordon T. Smith's LGTC offers good answers to these questions.

In August a pastor friend recommended this volume to me. I didn't end up ordering it until
May 27, 2010 James rated it liked it
When I was 18 I read a book on discerning God's will that was a gift from a mentor of mine. The book was Garry Friesen's Decision Making and the Will of God. That book criticized a view of discernment which stated that God's will provided an exhaustive blueprint for people's lives and that we were responsible for discerning the details of what God was trying to tell us about everything. Instead, Friesen presented what he termed the "Wisdom view" in which we responsibly followed God's moral will ...more
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Dec 17, 2015 Tyler Parris rated it liked it
I appreciated some of the points in this book, there is some good spiritual wisdom in it, and there is a great bibliography for those seeking more on spiritual discernment. However, I left the book feeling no closer to understanding discernment than when I came to it, in large part, I think, because the author shoots his arguments in the foot with some poor content organization and failure to clearly define his central points. For example, in a section referring to another author's work on the d ...more
May 04, 2013 Shirley rated it it was amazing
Discernment is one of those things that I find very difficult yet I find myself constantly in situations where discernment is necessary. Although you'll never find a book that gives you a step by step formula on how to discern (or should be very wary if you do come across one), often Christian books are just full of fluffly mantras and Christianese. "You need to lay your burdens at the foot of the cross". "You need to stand on a firm foundation and be rooted in faith". Although that's all good a ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Katrina rated it it was amazing
Don't mind the cover of this book, it is very insightful for those to understand where God's will and their will meet in terms of discernment and vocation.

Here's a quote for a sample:
"Even in similar circumstances God will lead one person or group in one direction and another person or group another way. You are seeking what is best for you in your situation at this time and in response to the call of God on your life. Discernment is profoundly personal and individual. There is no tidy, neat ma
Adam Shaeffer
Dec 02, 2011 Adam Shaeffer rated it really liked it
It's clear, concise, and presents a solid model of how we as Christians ought to live and make decisions. We don't look for "open doors" and we don't just rely on wisdom. We wait, we listen for the Spirit, we pray, we use our wisdom. In short, we discern. I especially appreciate Smith's Epilogue in which he clearly states that in order for discernment to "work," we must be open to God. We must be receptive. He writes:

"I must be open to God--radically, the the depth and root of my being. BUt it i
Rosa Lin
May 06, 2016 Rosa Lin rated it it was amazing
clear-headed, well-rounded, in-depth practical wisdom

Smith offers a holistic set of applied wisdom that taps all of our cognitive resources: heart, mind-intellect-memory, soul, spirit, relationship with God, personality, history, circumstance, relationship with a community of wise and mature decision-makers... He clearly lays out subtle yet important slippery areas and makes this a great handbook for those who treasures decision-making as an important responsibility. I will read his other books
Jason Larsen
Aug 06, 2010 Jason Larsen rated it really liked it
A wonderful book to read either before, during, or after life decisions are made. Take your time, highlight, and take notes as you read. You'll also do well to process the content with others - especially a spouse.
Sep 15, 2010 Charlie rated it did not like it
Didn't get much out of it. The text didn't add to the chapter titles much that wasn't already obvious. For instance, stress gets in the way of discernment: Yep, but don't need a chapter discussing it.
Mark Thomas
Dec 12, 2011 Mark Thomas rated it really liked it
Very good guide to something most everyone struggles to understand...hearing God in times of choice. Recommended by a mentor at L'Abri Canada...good book.
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