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God's Voice Within: The Ignatian Way to Discover God's Will

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Many of us do not trust our own thoughts, feelings, and desires when it comes to discerning God’s will. Instead we look outside ourselves to determine what God wants from and for us. In God’s Voice Within, spiritual director Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, shows us how to use Ignatian discernment to access our own spiritual intuition and understand that the most trustworthy wisdom ...more
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Published November 1st 2010 by Loyola Press
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Sandra Garayzar
Nov 13, 2011 Sandra Garayzar rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Much easier to understand than other books I've read on the Spiritual Exercises.
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If you are someone who is looking for a little reassurance that you are not the only one who feels like they do not know everything about what God wants/has planned for them, but would like to know more. This would be a good book for you.
Chad Torgerson
Jun 05, 2013 Chad Torgerson rated it really liked it
Can you discern God’s will for your life? How do we know what God wants for us? Is there a way for us to listen to or hear God’s voice? Discernment can be one of the greatest challenges we face in our spiritual journey, but in his book, God’s Voice Within, Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ teaches us how to listen for God’s wisdom and guidance.

God’s Voice Within takes its message from St. Ignatius of Loyola‘s teachings on discernent found in the Spiritual Exercises. While the Spiritual Exercises focuses on
Avel Deleon
Sep 04, 2015 Avel Deleon rated it really liked it

If you're interested in learning the bare bones of Ignatian spirituality this book to read. Father Mark uses concise language, analogies, and stories to illustrate the psychological and spiritual conflicts within man. We all make decisions. What are we going to eat today? Where should I go to college? What is my vocation? Some decisions don't require a long period of reflection but when a life changing opportunity comes before us, it seems to require more reflection.

The terms of great importanc
Jan 02, 2016 Katy rated it it was amazing
I can't praise this book enough! It's a clear and articulate compiling of the Ignatian method of discernment for the modern person (and if you want the perfect book explaining and teaching the whole of Ignatian spirituality I recommend "The Jesuit Guide to Everything" by James Martin). Thibodeaux regularly quotes from Ignatius, but also expands and gives many examples of how to apply Ignatius's words. There are prayer exercises with good explanations on the kinds of feelings and experiences one ...more
Noel Walker
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An excellent introduction to the process of Ignatian Discernment. How can we know what God's will is for us? Are we in the dark or does God provide us with guidance in making big decisions. Thibodeaux introduces us to our true spirit, which provides us with consolations - joy, hope, and a sense of God's peace, as well as our false spirit, which provides us with desolations - fears, doubts, despair. He then gives guidance in how to first identify our consolations and desolations, and then some su ...more
Michael Williams
Nov 07, 2011 Michael Williams rated it it was amazing
I read this work of Fr. Thibodeaux over the course of many weeks and in conjunction with a few friends. His words on discernment of spirits are understandable and clear - at least as well as they can be for a non-Jesuit! This quality of the work, as well as Fr. Thibodeaux's insightful imagery on most topics in the book, provides for a good primer on consolation-desolation for even the beginner in Ignatian spirituality.
Matthew Martin
Jul 17, 2014 Matthew Martin rated it it was amazing
Well-written, rich, pastorally astute exploration of an Ignatian discernment process. Very well written, down-to-earth, helpful both to beginners and those versed in 'spiritual discernment' traditions, and faithful to St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises.

I found this book immensely helpful in my self-understanding, and very timely in my own discernment and decision-making. Thanks Mark Thibodeax... and St. Ignatius!
Feb 26, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it
This book is an excellent resource for spiritual discernment, or making life decisions in line with God's will. It contains a wealth of tools and thoughts to consider when facing impactful decisions in one’s life. It is, of course, inspired by Ignatian Spirituality. As such, it is very thoughtful and methodical with several useful and illustrative anecdotes to walk one through a very practical and realistic form of decision making.
Kathy Nealen
Aug 20, 2015 Kathy Nealen rated it really liked it
Really good,easy to understand and modern review of Ignatian discernment.
Mar 28, 2012 Derek rated it it was amazing
A great text on discernment.
Brian Hohmeier
Dec 18, 2015 Brian Hohmeier rated it really liked it
An eminently readable, relatable and thoroughly illuminating primer on the Ignatian principles and process of discernment.
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this book is for anyone faced with a life-decision.
May 28, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
I found this book to be insightful and well written.
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Great book on discernment! Fr. Mark's writing style captures you and helps you to understand what can sometimes be a little complicated.
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Reading this book was perfectly timed for me. I LOVED it! And most of it was very easy to understand and implement. He lost me a little bit at the end but the bulk of the book was fabulous!
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“it helpful to draw pictures or diagrams, another way to work visually with the interior life.
Figure 5: Four Ways to Prepare for Desolation 1. Observe the course of thoughts. 2. Look out for false consolation. 3. Attend to vulnerabilities. 4. Seek God in your painful past.
Another purpose for journaling while in consolation is the simple gathering of evidence. It is in consolation when we see things as they really are-that is, we are able to see the goodness of God's creation inside us and all around us. Our assessments of relationships, of our own strengths and gifts, and of our friendship”
“by making good decisions, we can bring ourselves closer to God. And moving closer to God means moving closer to a life of peace-and joy.” 0 likes
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