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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.
Catholic and Ignatian in content, 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.
As Fr. Thibodeaux equips us to look inside ourselves to make effective discernment a daily and lifelong practice, he describes how the decisions we make in life are always undergirded by one of two spirits: the false spirit or the true spirit. He then explains how to recognize each of these spirits, how to respond to each one, and how to move from the process of discerning spirits to actually making decisions.
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.
 

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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.

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780829428612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829428612
  • ASIN: 0829428615
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What should I do to be happy and how can I find out?" could be the subtitle of this book, a modern rendering of the rules of discerning God's will offered by St. Ignatius of Loyola 500 years ago. Jesuit Father Mark Thibodeaux presents these rules with clear and contemporary examples in this slim volume introduced by fellow Jesuit and popular author Fr. Jim Martin.

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.
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Thank you Father Mark for such a great book on discernment in the Ignatian tradition. This book truly is a gift from God and I can already tell will be pivotal in helping me make the most important decision of my life.

In an easy, friendly and comprehensive way, Fr. Mark unpacks the wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola on discernment and provides a clear framework for understanding where God is leading you. I highly recommend this!
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I just finished reading this book about a week ago and it is one of the BEST books I have ever read. So much so that it has pushed me to leave my first book review ever! It truly changed my life by helping me to understand a bit better how to discern God's will (or attempt to) with Him by my side. It helped me to trust God regarding present situations, and to realize calmly what I am called to do regarding my (academic) future. I think this book is fantastic for discernment in general, and while Father Mark mentions that it is not supposed to be a how-to guide, it has definitely taught me how to listen to God more attentively and how to differentiate the pull of the false spirit and the good spirit within me. It is still a work in progress for me, but I have to say I feel this book has given me the tools I needed not just for good and wise decision-making, but also what I needed to come closer to truly surrender to the will of God. Thank you both to Father Mark and to wonderful Saint Ignatius, who amazes me more and more with each passing day! :)
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This is truly an awesome book... every christian should read it. I'm not catholic, but I'm seriously considering converting, I love jesuit stuff.
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God's Voice Within gives a good explanation of discernment. For several years I have been acquainted with Rev. Timothy Gallaher's works on the Ignatian Way and Rev. Thomas Green's texts on spiritual dryness. The charts in the back of the book are helpful in summarizing related scriptures and signs of confirmation and disconfirmation. I highly recommend this book.
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Father Mark book, "God's Voice Within" By showing us thoughts and ideas of St Ignatius' spirituality, helps us to see the good and evil spirits that in the world and sometimes in our hearts, he helps us to respond to these and live our lives and make decisions that are vested in Christ. GREAT BOOK!
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Mark uses both his experience and that of others to guide the reader throgh the Ignatian way of discernment and decision making. It's a book that a reader will come back and reflect on many times, as a companion for the journey through life.
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This book on discerning God's will in your life is very helpful, offering several techniques and insights to help you make good decisions. I highly reccomend this book. It won't make your decisions for you, but it can help!
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