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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Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life

Nouwen brought to the essential question asked by every Christian and seeker: The author’s text reveals his quest for a deeper relationship with Christ and various efforts to find it. Preview — Discernment by Henri J. Don’t have a Kindle? He was a Catholic Monk with what many would say was a very universalist liberal theology. Did Jesus have brothers and sisters? Biblical meditation is a traditional method of solitary prayer.

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 have also read “Adam”. Please try again later. To be precise, the book’s contents were collated from Nouwen’s unpublished spiritual writings by Michael J. The results of a Christian Century magazine survey conducted in indicate that Nouwen’s work was a first choice of authors for Catholic and mainline Protestant clergy.

Henri Nouwen on prayer and discernment

I did find much authenticity in Nouwen’s words as indicated by my many highlights. Refresh and try again.


It reads in places like a diary of a late-life memoir. Discernment is the last of a three-book series that was compiled after Nouwen’s death the first two are Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Formation. Nouwen quotes extensively from Merton, a little too much, I felt. Henri Nouwen on prayer and discernment By Michael J. Discernment is a discipline and practice that requires us to cultivate trust, diwcernment, faith, hope, and courage.

I should note however that I still found something about the style distracting. He possessed a unique capacity to combine genuine wisdom with winsome simplicity, and could help people look deeply into themselves.

Christensen and Rebecca Laird. Once again- Disxernment goes right into the soul work. Nouwen is authentic and insightful on every page. Henri Nouwen was a wonderful priest and writer, but for me his books are either hit or miss.

The goal, Nouwen wrote and I paraphrase is to be formed in the likeness of Christ, discrnment to thus participate in God’s mission of redemption, right where God has us. For those unfamiliar with Nouwen’s writings, many other books like The Way of the Heart or In the Name of Jesus probably provide a better starting place.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. It made me smile. I recommend to read this at a slow pace– pausing from time to time to give you room for reflection and processing.

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

What should I do with my life? Oct 10, Chad Cecil rated it it was amazing. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. When we accept our complete belovedness, we stop judging ourselves and other people; as a result, other people begin to feel safe with us. The result is an even richer and more accessible Nouwen than most of us have ever seen before. There wasn’t much that was profound, per se, in Nouwen’s writing this time, but this is his genius writing on discernment.


Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. His openness discernmenr struggle lend credence to his instruction in discerning the voice of God in scripture, nature, and sometimes through the words of other believers. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Reading this book, I found myself wishing I could have known him in person.

In Spiritual FormationNouwen offers guidance on spiritual development—as dynamic movements from fear to love. For those already familiar This collection of Nouwen’s writings on discernment was complied by friends and students after Nouwen’s death. Reading the Signs of Daily LifeNouwen writes: Jan 13, Mark rated it it was amazing. In the diecernment, though, I was thankful for the way it was written.

It reflects Nouwen’s wisdom and compassion which has been so helpful for so many people. Get to Know Us.