Discernment - Ways to Practice - Books

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

— Galatians 5:22-23

Scripture & Discernment: Decision Making in the Church
Luke Timothy Johnson (Abingdon, 1996)

Practicing Resurrection: A Memoir of Discernment
Nora Gallagher (Knopf, 2003)

Group Spiritual Direction: Community for Discernment
Rose Mary Dougherty (Paulist, 1995)

Grounded in God: Listening Hearts Discernment for Group Deliberations
Suzanne G. Farnham, et al (Morehouse, 1999)

Forgetting Ourselves on Purpose: Vocation and The Ethics of Ambition
Brian J. Mahan (Jossey-Bass, 2002).

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Parker Palmer (Jossey-Bass, 1999).

Discerning God's Will Together: A Spiritual Practice for the Church
Danny E. Morris and Charles Olsen. (Upper Room Books, 1997).

Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life by Dennis, Sheila and Matthew Linn (Paulist Press, 1995) is a simple, engaging, and colorful introduction to the examen, a prayerful awareness of God's loving presence during the highs (consolations) and lows (desolations) of each day.

A Wee Worship Book, (GIA, 1999) offers brief, lovely liturgies from the Iona community in Scotland, including prayers from around the world (pages 38-42) and hints about planning worship for small groups (see http://www.giamusic.com).

This feature length documentary by Martin Doblmeier tells the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian who was imprisoned and executed for his resistance to Nazism. (2003)

In El Salvador the new bishop Oscar Romero spoke out against the death squads and the terror campaign the military government was waging against democratic reforms. Until his assassination, Romero continued to oppose the violence even as fellow priests were attacked and churches shut down by government operatives. (1989)

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