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About Michael J. Christensen
Michael J. Christensen (M.A., Yale; Ph.D., Drew), is a practical theologian affiliated with Drew University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Episcopal School for Ministry, and Northwind Seminary where he is Professor of Theology and Academic Dean.
Author of eleven books and many articles on various topics of practical theology, spirituality and social justice, and leadership development, he is married to author Rebecca Laird with whom he has co-edited three posthumous books by Henri Nouwen known as "The Nouwen Trilogy": Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Formation and Discernment.
He "graduated with distinction" from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, with a B.A. in Literature and a minor in Psychology (1977). He has an M.A. in Religion from Yale Divinity School (1981) and a Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies from Drew University (1997). Currently, his research and writing interests include: apocalyptic eschatology, comparative spirituality, inter-religious theology, and theosis as spiritual social transformation.
Ordained in the Church of the Nazarene and a Clergy Member of The United Methodist Church, Dr. Christensen is available for speaking, teaching, consulting, training, and as a retreat facilitator. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life features the wisdom that spiritual leader and counselor Henri J. M. 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 God’s plan.
Although the late Henri J. M. Nouwen counseled many people during his lifetime, his principles of discernment were never collected into a single volume. Now, in association with the Nouwen Legacy Trust, Michael Christensen—one of Nouwen’s longtime students—and Rebecca Laird have taken his coursework, journals, and unpublished writings to create this and other books in the series exploring God’s will for your life.
“Henri Nouwen was one of the great spiritual masters of the modern age. His beloved writings have helped millions understand that no matter where we are, God can meet us there. Read this brand-new compilation of his writings and conferences, and let Henri Nouwen accompany you—with his trademark wisdom, acuity, common sense, erudition and, most of all, compassion—and help you encounter God more fully in your daily life.” — James Martin, SJ, author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything
Led by the writing of beloved, bestselling author Henri Nouwen (With Open Hands, Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, Making All Things New), the authors of Spiritual Direction, return with the second work in this popular spirituality series on how to live out the five classical stages of spiritual development.