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Weeds Among the Wheat Paperback – June 1, 1984
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Father Green provides a rich source of information in developing discernment in the context of a special lifelong journey. It is an excellent introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola and to "the place where prayer and action meet."
Tom Green is a gift to all communions of the Church, Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant. *Weeds Among The Wheat* shows His deep knowledge and love of God and his profound compassion for God's people on Earth.
The best thing about this book is that it keeps the back-and-forth quality of the Christian life firmly in focus: we serve a God who is power, love, and light, but we are fallen men and women, living in a fallen world with few really black-and-white choices.
Green is writing about discernment, which is the art of hearing clearly what God is saying, and then following where He leads--hence the subtitle, "Where prayer and action meet."
The very idea of a real God, outside of us, speaking to us things we can understand and know come from Him, is ridiculed by many. Separating God's voice from all the others crowding our heads is difficult, but God wants us to know Him; with the help of the Holy Spirit, discernment is not at all impossible. *Darkness In The Marketplace* is a great place to begin learning how.
Fr Green began by looking at three key concepts of God throughout history - disinterested watchmaker, manipulative puppeteer and loving Father of mature adults. Then, he explained six norms for distinguishing true prophets from false prophets in the Old Testament - often prophecies of something bad/unpopular (rather than something good so as to make the kings or the powers-that-be artificially happy), fulfilment through 'signs', obedience to God, deep faith consistent with earlier teachings in the bible, intention to convert people for the better (rather than to covert power or other material rewards), and an inaugural prophetic call.
Then a chapter followed on how Jesus discerned infallibly His identify and mission, as well as how his disciples discerned gropingly the person of Jesus and His mission, what the apostles Paul and John had taught about spiritual discernment in their letters to the faithful (e.g., Galatians 5:19-23 in the New Testament). Next, more details on the kind of disposition and 'climate' that a discerner needs to maintain to be truly open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and so on.
How i wish i've read this book much earlier! Then again, if i had read this earlier, it would not make that much sense, would it?
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Beautiful meditations that will take you deeper into prayer. Lots of wisdom dispersed throughout.Published 3 months ago by Trudy Boynton
I've never read anything on discernment before. This is an excellent book to understand the process and to better know how and when God is speaking to us.Published 6 months ago by Carol McCormick
I started reading this book and I liked the style, but as early as the second chapter I realized that not everything in it is faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Read morePublished on January 9, 2009 by Therese Elizabeth
If you're looking for a casual read on spirituality, save your money. This text is dated and quite sexist. Although it does explain in very good detail about consolations, etc. Read morePublished on July 20, 2007 by Amazon Customer