"Father Gallagher has emerged as one of the foremost commentators on Ignatian spirituality in the United States." —Harvey D. Egan, SJ, professor, Boston College
"Fr. Tim Gallagher has quickly become one of the leading commentators on Ignatian discernment." —George Aschenbrenner, SJ
"What I most admire is what lies behind Gallagher's book—an extraordinary patience in gathering so many opposite examples . . . in part from his own experience . . . and in part from his reading." —Reverend Brian O'Leary, SJ, spiritual director and professor, Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy
About the Author
Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V., a popular retreat leader, Ignatian scholar, and lecturer around the world, holds a doctorate from the Gregorian University and is the author of sevearl bestselling books, including The Discernement of Spirits (now the topic of a TV series) and The Examen Prayer.
Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV, is considered to be one of the greatest interpreters of the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola. He is a popular retreat leader, an Ignatius scholar, and a lecturer. He is the author of The Discernment of Spirits: The Ignatian Rule for Everyday Life, The Examen Prayer, and An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Fr. Gallagher's book beautifully expresses the Ignatian concept of God being found in the midst of everyday life. He gives practical, simple steps for thinking through decisions in light of God's priorities rather than ours, and then applying what we know about our own gifts and inclinations. This is a perfect book to read if you're mulling a decision in your life or if you'd like to have a better framework for making them as you go forward.
Easy to read and apply, this is an outstanding step-by-step guide for discerning God's will in your life. Loaded with helpful examples from Fr. Gallagher's many years of spiritual direction and from the best writers on the topic. Will be considered a classic in the field. One of the best books I've read!
This is a life changing book. I have a fair bit of experience with Ignatian discernment (I've done two silent retreats based on his Spiritual Exercises) but this book helped me understand Ignatius' spirituality at a much deeper level. This book is a must read. He includes lots of various examples for the different modes of discernment. The reader is sure to find lots of examples that correspond to their own quest in some way.
My one complaint is not really a complaint: it's a bit repetitive. He goes back through each story and pulls out lines from each to illustrate his points. At first I found it cumbersome but eventually found that it deepened my understanding. A challenging and wonderful book.
Fr. Gallagher has written a beautiful and insightful guide to Christian decision-making, based on the principles of the Spiritual Exercies. This book is esp. helpful for college men and women who are trying to discern God's call in their lives. Any young adult who has major questions about his future will thank you for sharing this book.
I am a fan of Gallagher's - I've read three of his books: Discernment of Spirits, Spiritual Consolation, and Discerning the Will of God. It was such a relief to read his works because each book has shed so much light to my spiritual life. Not only is the information accurate, but I am grateful for his ability to present what could be taught in an intellectual manner in such a simple, practical and easy to apply manner. What is also impressive is that he manages to pack so much truth into so few pages - his books are well organized and the information is presented with uncanny clarity.
This book presents a set of guidelines to help identify the signs for the ways that God reveals His will for any given situation. Gallagher presents the guideline, explains it in simple terms with brevity and clarity, and provides illustrative examples to further illuminate the matter. I am easily able to apply this information to numerous situations I've been faced with. The results are accurate and reflect the information presented in these pages. (I suppose that is why St Ignatius is a Saint). However, it is necessary to have someone you can review your assessment with. A must actually.
This book can be read as a standalone book, but I would recommend also reading "Discernment of Spirits" and "Spiritual Consolation" by the same author because the principles in those two books are applicable to several steps in this book. This book does not explain in detail what the other two explain, but Gallagher does give a brief summation.
I read this book when I was on a retreat at a benedict monastery. It made me think about the will of god in my life. It has examples of some people becoming a priest, married and some other major decision.
Read this book at suggestion of a religious sister while considering my calling whether religious life or marriage. Would also be useful in decision-making in general, specific scenarios in book addressing, for example, career changes, taking a job, moving, etc.
I found this book to be very clearly written and easily readable for someone first learning about Ignatian Discernment. I am certain it is useful for the seasoned reader as well. Much content is dedicated to the discernment of consecrated, religious, or married vocations, however, very applicable to all decisions. I greatly recommend this book.