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What Does God Want? Paperback – March 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (IN) (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879735848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879735845
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 2001
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Ever been faced with a difficult or heart wrenching decision? Have you ever felt that God doesn't seem to be communicating His will to you even though you're trying as hard as you know how, to figure out what it is? This little book offers a process of discernment that is invaluable. The nine chapters offer guidance in the form of questions that you ask yourself and reflect on when you are in the process of making a decision. The text is enlivened by little anecdotes of real people who had to make decisions that sometimes, were not very clearcut. Using the steps in this book, I have been able to see how God has communicated with me throughout my life. It has increased my trust in His concern and love for me and my family. Following the steps in this book will help you be at peace with your decisions and will eliminate impulse as a factor in the choices you make. I highly recommend it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hope on January 23, 2006
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Decisions great and small started becoming grueling ordeals in my life, to the consternation of my friends, family, and hubby. It seemed I wanted God to be more of a factor in my decision-making processes, but wasn't sure how to do this beyond just praying repeatedly for wisdom. However, this book breaks down the decision-making process from a faith-based perspective and offers the wisdom of the author's experienced observations (he used to do spiritual direction) on how God communicates to us His will in our decision making through our feelings, signs, circumstances, prayer, etc. I've xeroxed the workbook-type exercises in here too and regularly run all of my major life decisions through them. Overall, I feel much more ready to make decisions than I ever have.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2001
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This book is easy and enjoyable to read but also thought provoking and helpful. Fr. Scanlon offers practical advice and helpful examples in discerning God's will in your life. This inexpensive little book is a valuable resource.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kwb on September 3, 2006
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Though this book was written by a priest the spiritual concepts and discernment are applicable to any Judeo-Christian based faith. I have given this book to Jewish as well as Catholic friends. According to Father Scanlan there are 5 steps of discernment (I paraphrase):

consistency with God's laws

conversion - does it bring you closer to or further away from God

confirmation - external

confirmation - internal

consistency with things God has placed in your path in the past

This is a wonderful practical guide.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By FrKent on September 13, 2007
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I keep having to order more copies of this book because I keep giving it away to people who are trying to make major life decisions. I really like its deeply spiritual yet down-to-earth practical approach. It is user-friendly in that it can be read in short installments, pondering over the excellent questions raised by each section. It encourages true discernment about one's life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Weber on June 8, 2010
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I have found this book to be personally useful and inspirational as a gift to others. I regularly give it out as graduation gifts in the hopes that young people will include God as they make their important life decisions. EVERYONE can benefit from this book to lead a fuller, successful, happier life. Fr. Scanlon implemented these practices throughout his life and is almost single-handedly responsible for turning Franciscan University into the faith-filled place it is today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cal on February 19, 2012
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Insightful book from a Christian point of view as to how we can live our lives or God. Making difficult life choices while considering Gods will for us. It is a great simple book to read or incorporate into a book club. The vendor mailed it to me right Away. Excellent vendor!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2012
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This book has become important in my decision making strategy. As a husband, father, and business owner, I wanted to find a resource that got to the point, was easy to read, and was faith-centric. I have a lot going on and need to use my time wisely. This book provides an effective 5-step test to evaluating your decisions - both large and small. For someone looking to get unstuck from a decision and move forward in peace, I highly recommend this book. Finally, I like knowing who the author's are before I pickup a book. Fr. Scanlan has been a very important agent for change to both organizations and individuals. This is a solid read!

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