Other Sellers on Amazon
Follow the Author
God's Voice Within: The Ignatian Way to Discover God's Will Paperback – November 1, 2010
Enhance your purchase
Many of us do not trust our own thoughts, feelings, and desires when it comes to discerning God’s will. Instead we look outside ourselves to determine what God wants from and for us. In God’s Voice Within, spiritual director Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, shows us how to use Ignatian discernment to access our own spiritual intuition and understand that the most trustworthy wisdom of all comes not from outside sources, but from God working through us.
God’s Voice Within is intended for people who know that there is more to the spiritual life than they are currently experiencing and are ready to take the next step in their walk of faith by making effective discernment—specifically Ignatian discernment—a daily practice.
Ultimately, God’s Voice Within teaches us to discern what is at the root of our actions and emotions, which in turn allows us to respond to God’s promptings inside us rather than unconsciously reacting to life around us.
The Amazon Book Review
Book recommendations, author interviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now.
From the Back Cover
Learn to discern God&;s will by developing your spiritual intuition.
Many of us do not trust our own thoughts, feelings, and desires when it comes to discerning God&;s will. Instead, we look outside ourselves to determine what God wants from and for us. In God&;s Voice Within, spiritual director Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, shows us how to access our own spiritual intuition and helps us understand that the most trustworthy wisdom of all comes not from outside sources, but from God working through us.
Following the principles of Ignatian spirituality, Fr. Thibodeaux helps us understand that the decisions we make in life are always undergirded by one of two spirits: the false spirit or the true spirit. He thoughtfully explains how to recognize each of these spirits, how to respond to each one, and how to move from discerning spirits to actually making decisions consistent with God&;s will for our lives.
By learning to discern what is at the root of our actions and emotions, we are well prepared to respond to God&;s promptings inside us rather than unconsciously reacting to life around us.
Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ, serves as novice director for Jesuits in formation and is an acknowledged expert on the topic of prayer and discernment. He is a well-known speaker and the author of Armchair Mystic and God, I Have Issues. He lives in Grand Coteau, Louisiana.
About the Author
- ASIN : 0829428615
- Publisher : Loyola Press; First edition (November 1, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 242 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780829428612
- ISBN-13 : 978-0829428612
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 13 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.63 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #116,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Those already familiar with two other Thibodeaux books, "Armchair Mystic" and "God I Have Issues" will not be surprised that he is able to present these rules in such an engaging manner. His experience working with young people and introducing young Jesuits to Ignatian spirituality help make the examples he uses pertinent and interesting. By following the steps and applying them to our own situation, we should be able to begin to see how the process increases the self-awareness needed to act more freely in choosing what will really bring us happiness. It is uncanny how what is described by Ignatius in the 16th century corresponds so well with what is described by many contemporary psychologists. Ignatian discernment is a genuine self-help process that has been tested for many centuries.
Thibodeaux describes the Ignatian discernment process, gives many practical tips on how to discern when we are in a good mood (consolation) and bad mood (desolation) and finally walks us through the steps to follow when making our most important decisions.
While it would be very valuable to just read this book, the reader would undoubtedly benefit much more by reading it and discussing how it applies to one's own life with a good friend, a companion on the spiritual journey or a spiritual director. These discussions and the honest feedback they should normally evoke will imprint the lessons learned more and promote the real change intended for one's life.
I recommend the book highly.
Top reviews from other countries
As a protestant Christian I would highly recommend this, especially to anyone considering how to honour God in important decisions and understand his will for your life.