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The Way of Discernment Participant's Book

The Way of Discernment Participant's Book

by Marjorie J. Thompson, Stephen V. Doughty
Companions in Christ Series Spiritual Practice

The Way of Discernment Leader's Guide is also available.

How do you discover God's guidance for personal and congregational decisions? Explore paths to clarity in The Way of Discernment, a 10-week study for small groups.

Who is this book designed for?

  • People yearning to hear the Holy Spirit's guidance
  • Individuals looking for direction in vocation or life changes
  • Church leaders seeking clarity about their congregation's distinctive mission
  • Christians searching for God's will in matters of belief, ethics, and faithful living

Part of the Companions in Christ series, The Way of Discernment offers a biblical, theological, and practical framework for understanding the practice of discernment. Sessions include

  • The Beckoning of Discernment
  • The Heart of Discernment
  • Fruit as Touchstones
  • Core Identity as Touchstone
  • Growing in the Gift
  • In the Hard Places
  • Communal Discernment: Beginnings
  • Communal Discernment: Going Farther
  • Elements of Perpetual Challenge
  • The All-Encompassing Audience
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8358-9958-1
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Upper Room Books
Publication Date: 08/01/2008
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 9.2500 x 7.3125 x 0.2780

Marjorie J. Thompson is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has served as director of the Pathways Center for Spiritual Leadership and as spiritual director to Companions in Christ, a program outgrowth of the Pathways initiative of The Upper Room. Companions in Christ is a series of small-group resources for spiritual formation in local congregations, suited to ecumenical use. Marjorie has exercised a ministry of teaching, writing, and spiritual guidance for many years.

Stephen V. Doughty served for over two decades in parish ministry and for ten years as the executive presbyter for the seventy-one congregations of Lake Michigan Presbytery. A regular contributor to Weavings, he is currently engaged in a full-time ministry of retreat leadership and writing. He and his wife, Jean, live in Otsego, Michigan.


"Drawing on both classic (Augustine, Ignatius of Loyola) and contemporary authors (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rose Mary Dougherty), Steve Doughty’s The Way of Discernment is a journey into a spiritual practice readers are sure to enjoy. He guides the participant through authentic stories that span the globe and yet are as close as childhood memories. Combined with selected scriptures, these illustrations create touchstones along the way. Powerful quotes from discerning authors, along with Marjorie Thompson’s thought-provoking questions, deepen one’s faith and complement the exploration of the practice of discernment. Both individuals and groups will be blessed by taking on the challenging commitment to be discerning disciples in the church and the world."

—Mary A. Morrison
Associate for Vocations and Education, Foothills Presbytery
Simpsonville, South Carolina

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