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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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Discernment by Henri J. Nouwen brought to the essential question asked by every Christian and seeker: What should I do with my life? Nouwen emphasizes listening to the Word of God—in our hearts, in the Bible, in the community of faith, and in the voice of the poor as a way to discern G Discernment: Although the late Henri J. Nouwen counseled many people during his lifetime, his principles of discernment were never collected into a single volume.
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To ask other readers questions about Discernmentplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 05, Naomi rated it really liked it Shelves: After reading it, I agree, they would be fine for those times, but even more important in Ordinary Time.
Henri Nouwen on prayer and discernment
That’s when we need to practice nouden the most: Holidays and fasts and feasts have their expected liturgies public and private, their practices and traditions. But it is in the ordinary days that we tend to get lost, to struggle to know our purpose or answer our calling, to feel beloved and loving.
Jun 23, Austin Bauer rated it it was amazing. I am a Christian from a non-denominational, Pentecostal, and evangelical background. This book is amazing. There is so much good stuff about hearing and xiscernment the voice of God in this book! If you have never read Henri Nouwen, this is a great place to start. This is a jouwen work edited by some of Nouwen’s students. It is very well put together.
Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life
One of my favorite things they put at the end of each chapter are the “exercises for deeper Discernment. This book would be great for small groups, if your church does that. I highly recommend not only this book, but any Henri Nouwen book. This is the third djscernment I’ve read by him, nuwen I would say that this is a great place to start if you’ve never read him.
Don’t get me wrong, I think think there are many passages and paragraphs that I would re-read and recommend to others. However, taken as a whole, Disernment think this book presents an incoherent image of discernment. Henri Nouwen is so beloved by many due to his ability to convey his spiritual struggles and discernmrnt it is because of his struggles that I think this book falls short. In one paragraph, dicsernment will be presenting material on discernment in line with his own This book felt In one paragraph, he will be presenting material on discernment in line with his own Catholic and wider Christian formation, yet then he will jump into paragraphs and paragraphs which contain deviations from the Christian walk, either in Mertonite ways or in ways that portray the heart of Christianity as extreme social justice.
This book, as a personal reflection would get three stars. As a book meant for teaching discernment, it gets two, only redeemable by a few passages. Henri Nouwen books are usually very thoughtful reads that cause me to reflect on my approach to my faith.
This book was no different. Most, if not all of dizcernment have struggled with the question of what God’s purpose for our life is and discernmenh job I should do. Henri takes this a step further and rather focuses on your life mission rather than a vocation. This is an insightful book that has been very helpful to me. Feb 01, Stacey Lozano rated it really liked it Shelves: He was disscernment Catholic Monk with what many would say was a very universalist liberal theology. It made me smile.
Again, as with the first two books in this trilogy, it is suggested that the book be read in community and I think that would be an awesome thing. Dizcernment discussion that could come from every chapter could be so deep but you would have to trust the people you were with in order to really say what was on your mind. Though, I guess that is true with any discussion. I was originally planning on rereading all the books slower and doing the exercises, but unless I had a group to do them with I don’t think I will.
I could change my mind though, who knows. Mar 28, Kelly Belvis rated it really liked it Shelves: The first few chapters of this book were my favorites, I have gone back and reread all that I underlined in the first half of the book. In some spots and mostly dkscernment later chapters I found that I differ significantly on a few theological issues. This did not hamper my appreciation for the wisdom contained in the book. Though not written by Nouwen but taken from his diaries and writings the book revealed such a personal, transparent and vulnerable journey that I could easily identify with the searc The first few chapters of this book were my favorites, I have gone back and reread nouwsn that I underlined in the first half of the book.
Though not written by Nouwen nowuen taken from his diaries and writings the book revealed such a personal, transparent and vulnerable journey that I could easily identify with the search for God’s direction. His openness and struggle lend credence to his instruction in discerning the voice of God in scripture, nature, and sometimes through the words of other believers. Jan 04, Keith Uffman added it Shelves: Nouwen isa must for those in the 2nd half of life His biography is excellent, too.
Jul 10, Bonnie Niu rated it it was amazing. It can be my book recommendation of the year. Before this one, I’ve read 3 diiscernment Nouwen’s books, all of them enchanting, fascinating and down to the ground.
There is always something peculiarly attractive in his works which I find deep connections with, he is not afraid of showing his weaknesses and struggles yet magnify the immense healing power from the Father. Some chapters of the nouaen are highly connected to his Catholic background where I first found onuwen bit hard to connect with, but all the poi It can be my book recommendation of the year. Some chapters of the book are highly connected to his Catholic background where I first found a bit hard nohwen connect with, but all the points he has shone new light on my understanding on the apostles.
There are questions for reflection after every chapter, which I think would be quite helpful for both small group study and individual reading. I stopped halfway, fearing that my time would be gone wasted without actual practice like spend a substantial amount of time to pray. However, with the constant changes of my life and feeling perplexed about God and His will, I picked it up again and found it so encouraging and inspiring. I would not rate it a 5 star if it were a workbook on working out your “calling” or gaining the spiritual gift.
Part of my reasons for dropping it off halfway lies in my fear of not being able to achieve the effect I nouwdn to achieve, e. This book somehow helped me know more about the author, the breakthrough was in the same vulnerabilities we all share.
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. Sep 26, Phil rated it really liked it Shelves: This is another of the several posthumous collections mostly of Henri Discernmrnt unpublished writings which have been conducted by several colleagues of this highly influential spiritual writer, who died in It focuses on how one discerns God in one’s nowuen life and gives a glimpse at Nouwen’s thoughts on the subject, especially in light of his move to L’Arche in Toronto in the early 90s.
It is a helpful book for anyone considering xiscernment in its many guises and connects the reader w This is another of the several posthumous collections mostly of Henri Nouwen’s unpublished writings which have been conducted by several colleagues of this highly influential spiritual writer, who died in It is a helpful book for anyone considering discrenment in its many guises and connects the reader with the spirit of Nouwen’s teachings on the subject.
And, as such, I think it is a very useful addition to the Nouwen bibliography. I should note however that I still found something about the style distracting. The idea and experiences are clearly Nouwen, but there were many times where I felt that the style didn’t really fit. Perhaps it was too many I’s in the write, I’m not sure, but it didn’t quite read like the polished Henri Nouwen that we’re so familiar with.
Not that I think this is a serious problem, but, as with all posthumous works, the real difficulty is how to get the dead to speak again in an authentic way. I think the editors do a good job with that, even if there are times that something doesn’t quite sound right. For anyone who is trying to discern God in their lives, whether in the big decisions or the little ones, this is a good book to consult. It reflects Nouwen’s wisdom and compassion which has been so helpful for so diiscernment people.
Jul 17, Rev. Linda rated it it was discernmenr Shelves: I decided a re-read was in order after a bud replaced my copy that someone else had borrowed and forgotten to return. Nouwen brought to the essential question asked by ever I decided a re-read was in order after a bud replaced my copy that someone else had borrowed and forgotten to return.
Sep 02, Ron rated it it was amazing Shelves: Henri Nouwen was a beacon to many people who try to live the spiritual life. He was famous as an educator – at places like Yale and Harvard. Discernmennt what Nouwen did best was to share his story, showing all of us that the spiritual life is an adventurous nouweh to live. Laird and Christensen have edited Nouwen’s writings, both public onuwen private, to show us, in a seamless and intimate way, Nouwwn own struggles and the discernment processes he followed to grow in his relationship with God and the world.