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Listening To God In Times Of Choice; The Art of Discerning God's Will, By Gordon T. Smith
All Christians yearn to live at the center of God's will. But how to discern His will is an art that eludes many of us. And the advice we get often conflicts.
Some tell us to look for a divine "blueprint" --the one perfect plan for our lives that we needd to find. We are encouraged to search the Scriptures and hunt for signs, trying to uncover the map of our lives that God has drawn.
Others have rejected the blueprint school of guidance in favor of the "wisdom school". With minds renewed by the teaching of the Scripture, we are to develope the wisdom necessary to make smart choices. We are told not to expect that there is just one answer to God's will for every decision we face. Several are possible.
The difficulty with both approaches, writes Gordon Smith, is that they minimize God's presence and voice of God in times of choice. Instead, he argues for a third way. Smith suggests that we develope discernment as a spiritual discipline. By stressing the personal asp[ects of growing in our relationship with God, we can understand his will, not just in times of crisis but throughout our daily lives.
This book provides no magic formulas, no recipes for guaranteed success-- just insight, gleaned from centuries of lived Christian experience, that will guide and encourage you in the art of discerning God's will.
Gordon T. Smith is academic vice president of Canadian Theological Seminary in Regina, Saskatchewan.