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Hearing with the heart : a gentle guide for discerning God's will for your life
Farrington, Debra K.
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First edition.
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San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, [2003]

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xvii, 247 pages ; 19 cm
Beginning the journey -- The hearing heart -- Navigating the obstacle course -- The praying heart -- The attentive heart -- Learning with the heart -- Discerning companions -- The thoughtful and imaginative heart -- Hearts together -- The engaged heart.
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Only through learning to hear with our hearts tuned closely to God can we discern how we should find our way through the crowded and confusing thickets of our lives. In Hearing with the Heart, popular writer and retreat leader Debra Farrington leads you through a gentle process for discovering how to invite God's presence into every aspect of your daily life. Her story-filled discussions of key practices such as prayer, meditation, reading and reflection, and attentiveness to your body, your studies, and your relationships with your friends and family, help you discover how to be open to discerning God's will. Filled with a wealth of exercises, guidelines, and tools, Hearing with the Heart gives you the practical help you need to bring you closer to God. As you put these suggestions into practice you will find yourself opening more and more to God's infinite possibilities for you.

Author Notes

Debra K. Farrington-- an insightful writer and popular retreat leader-- is publisher of Morehouse Publishing and the former manager of the Graduate Theological Union Bookstore in Berkeley, California. Farrington has written for a wide variety of publications including Spirituality and Health, Catholic Digest, The Lutheran, Publishers Weekly, U.S. Catholic, and many others.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Farrington's touch is indeed gentle as she guides readers through the steps of discernment. Rather than relying on cautionary tales of the bad things that will happen if people fail to discern God's will, Farrington emphasizes God's love throughout the book. She makes the case that God's will for humanity matches perfectly with the heart's deepest desires and enables people to do the most good for those around them. Her emphasis on the positive is enhanced by her balanced use of scripture, personal anecdotes, and stories from the lives of Christians throughout history, such as the Desert Fathers and the Society of Friends (Quakers). Perhaps most impressive is Farrington's ability to use scripture and Christian orthodoxy as the primary basis of her insights (she is an Episcopalian), but at the same time honor less orthodox and even non-Christian traditions. Staunch evangelicals will have trouble with some of her language (such as referring to people as God's "co-creators") and her ambivalence about certain portions of the Bible. But everyone from the most conservative Christian to the most spiritual-but-not-religious folks will find her tools for discernment useful. They include the Quaker practice of settling into silence and waiting on God as well as Lectio Divina, a method for meditating on scripture. Farrington's final section invites readers to go through the process of discernment, but one need not be at a crossroads to appreciate this book. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Part I Beginning The Journey
Chapter 1 The Hearing Heart
Chapter 2 Navigating the Obstacle Course
Part II Tools for Discernment
Chapter 3 The Prayerful Heart
Chapter 4 The Attentive Heart
Chapter 5 Learning with the Heart
Chapter 6 Discerning Companions
Part III At The Crossroads
Chapter 7 The Thoughtful and Imaginative Heart
Chapter 8 Hearts Together
Chapter 9 The Engaged Heart
Chapter 10 Epilogue
For Further Study
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