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Learning to hear with the heart : meditations for discerning God's will
Farrington, Debra K.
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First edition.
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San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, [2003]

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xxvi, 133 pages ; 19 cm
Ask the right question -- Who do you say I am? -- Follow your own path -- Join God's club -- Is your prayer too small? -- Read the Bible again -- Keep an open and hearing heart -- Pay attention, listen, and learn -- Hearing the heart's desire -- Name your gifts -- Listen to your body -- Two hearing hearts are better than one -- Holiness in the oddest places -- Quiet the hamsters -- Pockets of trust and surrender -- Seeing yourself as God sees you -- Consult the truth tellers -- Experience and discernment -- Examining the heart -- The blessing of friends -- Wise guides -- Just keep trying -- Play and pray -- Discernment when God is AWOL -- A little reason, a little imagination -- My life would be better if... -- Waiting rooms -- This is your life -- Small steps -- Getting the right answer.
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As faithful Christians, it is important we hear, see, feel, and think with the heart, for it is through the heart that we attune ourselves to the Spirit and to what God wishes for each of us. Learning to Hear with the Heart -written as a companion for your discernment journey-invites you to spend thirty days listening for God's guidance not only for the big questions of your life but for everyday matters as well. Drawing on a wealth of stories, Scripture, prayer, and questions for reflection, author Debra Farrington encourages readers to be fuller and more joyful participants in discerning the shape and direction of their lives and in learning to live closer to God. Individuals and groups can use Learning to Hear with the Heart as a companion book to the author's earlier work Hearing with the Heart or as an individual, inspirational guide to the discernment process.

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. IX
Introductionp. XI
The First Week: Of Beginnings and Foundationsp. 1
Day 1 Ask the Right Questionp. 3
Day 2 Who Do You Say I Am?p. 6
Day 3 Follow Your Own Pathp. 9
Day 4 Join God's Clubp. 12
Day 5 Is Your Prayer Too Small?p. 15
Day 6 Read the Bible Againp. 18
Day 7 Keep an Open and Hearing Heartp. 21
Lectio: Resting in the Wordp. 24
The Second Week: Hearing All Waysp. 27
Day 8 Pay Attention, Listen, and Learnp. 29
Day 9 Hearing the Heart's Desirep. 32
Day 10 Name Your Giftsp. 35
Day 11 Listen to Your Bodyp. 38
Day 12 Two Hearing Hearts Are Better Than Onep. 42
Day 13 Holiness in the Oddest Placesp. 46
Day 14 Quiet the Hamstersp. 50
Lectio: Resting in the Wordp. 53
The Third Week: Wisdom from Withoutp. 57
Day 15 Pockets of Trust and Surrenderp. 59
Day 16 Seeing Yourself as God Sees Youp. 62
Day 17 Consult the Truth Tellersp. 65
Day 18 Experience and Discernmentp. 68
Day 19 Examining the Heartp. 72
Day 20 The Blessing of Friendsp. 75
Day 21 Wise Guidesp. 78
Lectio: Resting in the Wordp. 81
The Fourth Week: Practicing the Presence of Godp. 85
Day 22 Just Keep Tryingp. 87
Day 23 Play and Prayp. 90
Day 24 Discernment When God Is AWOLp. 93
Day 25 A Little Reason, a Little Imaginationp. 97
Day 26 My Life Would be Better Ifp. 100
Day 27 Waiting Roomsp. 103
Day 28 This Is Your Lifep. 106
Lectio: Resting in the Wordp. 110
Epilogue: The Fruit of the Spiritp. 113
Day 29 Small Stepsp. 115
Day 30 Getting the Right Answerp. 118
Benedictionp. 123
Using This Book in Small Groupsp. 125
Notesp. 129
The Authorp. 133