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Discernment has ratings and 63 reviews. Naomi said: The third of a posthumously published trilogy planned by Nouwen, the publishers recommend _Discer. In his 40 books on spirituality, Henri J. M. Nouwen touched upon discernment but never got around to putting his thoughts all together in one volume. Now in. In one of Nouwen’s earlier discernment journals, Gracias, the author records his spiritual struggle to ascertain whether God was calling him to.

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This is the third book of a series. Nouwen is grounded in human experience and is empathetic that following Christ is not easy.

That, after all, is the true goal of spiritual discernment. I found that my anger and my desire to be special and to be admired all bubbled up in my times of solitude. He remains very close to the ground.

A well discerned and well lived life will be the Spirit’s gift through a disciplined immersion in the Scriptures, in prayer, in community, and in the presence of the poor. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: This book adds a much needed element to spiritual formation and following God.

This means that discernment will be hard to receive through a simple trick or through a short stint of prayer, no matter how earnest.


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Nouwen counseled many people during his lifetime, his principles of discernment were never collected into a single volume. However it is possible if we believe and understand that Christ is with us till the end of time.

Reading the Signs of Daily Life. Discernment is a discipline and practice that requires us to cultivate trust, love, faith, hope, and courage.

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life by Henri J.M. Nouwen

The Inner Voice of Love: Nouwen was a Dutch psychologist-priest who taught pastoral psychology at Notre Dame, Yale, and Harvard. Holidays and fasts and feasts have their expected liturgies public and private, their practices and traditions. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. To be precise, the book’s contents were collated from Nouwen’s unpublished spiritual writings by Michael J. Discernment is the third volume in a trilogy of posthumous books which we developed in conjunction with the Nouwen Legacy Trust.

This is a posthumous work edited by some of Nouwen’s students. Through his vulnerabilities, Nouwen shows the readers how deep the Father’s love for us lolalso his love for Jesus is easily discovered between the lines.

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Jun 22, Janis rated it it was amazing. Each chapter concludes with a set of questions.

The Return of the Prodigal Son: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith. Discernment of spirits is a lifelong task. Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen Nouen— was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life. Refresh and try again. Although good to read for the individual, this book seems more suitable for community, an ideal Nouwen promotes.


For anyone who is trying to discerment God in their lives, nouden in the big decisions or the little ones, this is a good book to consult.

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life

It made me smile. This book gives evidence that the influence of Henri Nouwen lives beyond his earthly life! I was eager to read the next book in Nouwen’s spirituality trilogy and I was beginning to experience new turbulence within my workplace disccernment created desire for wisdom in navigation.

The Way of the Heart: The npuwen helpful part of this book for me was essay on discernment by Michael J. I would not rate it a 5 star if it were a workbook on working out your “calling” or gaining the spiritual gift.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. It focuses on how one discerns God in one’s everyday life and gives a glimpse nowen Nouwen’s thoughts on the subject, especially in light of his move to L’Arche in Toronto in the early 90s. I found it a helpful exploration of Nouwen’s writings and teachings on discernment.