The Art of Discernment – A Resource List

by Christine Sine

As we begin our new series, What Does Your Soul Long to Do?, I am posting a second resource list. This one is on discernment. I have really enjoyed revisiting some of these books in the last few weeks and appreciate all who recommended books to add to the list. They are recommended by a diverse group of people and are from very diverse perspectives which I always think enriches and strengthens our faith. Some are about discernment for individuals, others about discernment in groups. If there are other suggestions of “must have” books on discernment there is still time to contribute. Just leave your suggestions in the comments.

Anderson, Hannah; All That Is Good – The Lost Art of Discernment 

Anderson, Keith; A Spirituality of Listening: Living What We Hear 

Au, Wilkie and Noreen Cannon; The Discerning Heart: Exploring the Christian Path 

Barton, Ruth Haley; Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups

Breathnach, Sarah Ban; Simple Abundance: 365 Days to a Balanced and Joyful Life 

Dawn, Marva; Joy in Divine Wisdom: Practices of Discernment from Other Cultures and Christian Traditions (Enduring Questions in Christian Life)

de Caussade, Jean-Pierre; The Sacrament of the Present Moment

Dougherty, Rose Mary; Discernment: A Path to Spiritual Awakening

Farnham, Suzanne G., Hull, Stephanie A., McLean, R. Taylor; Grounded in God, Revised Edition: Listening Hearts Discernment for Group Deliberations

_______________________ Listening Hearts: 20th Anniversary Edition – Discerning Call In Community

Fendall, Wood, and Bishop; Practicing Discernment Together: Finding God’s Way Forward in Decision Making 

Freeman, Emily P.; The Next Right Thing: A Simple Soulful Practice For Making Life Decisions

Funk, Mary Margaret, OSB; Discernment Matters: Listening with the Ear of the Heart

Glick , Sally Weaver; In Tune with God: The Art of Congregational Discernment 

Levoy, Gregg Michael; Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life

Liebert, Elizabeth ; The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making

Fryling, Alice; The Art of Spiritual Listening: Responding to God’s Voice Amid the Noise of Life 

Kelly, Thomas; A Testament of Devotion

Morris, Danny E.; Discerning God’s Will Together: A Spiritual Practice for the Church

Morgan, Robert; The Red Sea Rules 

Mueller, Joan.; Faithful Listening: Discernment in Everyday Life

Nouwen, Henri J.M.; The Wounded Healer: In Our Own Woundedness, We Can Become a Source of Life for Others

____________________ Discernment – Reading the Signs of Daily Life 

Palmer, Parker; Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation 

__________________A Hidden Wholeness

Robb, Susan; Called: Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice

Sire, James; The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalogue; Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life As A Christian Calling

Smith, Gordon; The Voice of Jesus: Prayer and the Witness of the Spirit

_________________ Listening to God in Times of Choice: The Art of Discerning God’s Will

Tozer, A.W.; God Still Speaks, Are We Listening? 

Townsend-Evans, Colleen; Start Loving: The Miracle of Forgiveness

Wink, Walter; Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination

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