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Overview In Weeds Among the Wheat, Thomas Green achieves an uncommon blend-a serious book for popular use, a popular book for serious reading. With wisdom and common sense he engages the topic of discernment and shows that it is a function of an individual's personal relationship with God. "It is where prayer meets action. The more deeply we know the Lord, the easier it will be to 'read his face,' and sense what he desires us to do." He draws on his experience as a spiritual director, on scripture, and on his study of the writings of Ignatius of Loyola, to provide a clear understanding of the meaning (the what) and the art (the how) of Christian discernment. To answer the What, he explores the scriptures-the prophets, John, Paul and Jesus-to provide a sense of its biblical meaning. To answer the How, he turns to Ignatius' "Discernment of Spirits" in the classic Spiritual Exercises. He then seeks to detect and explore the various species of "weeds" which grow alongside and intertwined with the good wheat in our lives. Some can be uprooted, others must be left until the Lord of the Harvest sees fit to uproot them. "Discernment, like prayer," explains the author, "is an art. It is learned by doing, not just be reading about it." Because the book has grown out of his teaching on the subject, he has included a series of practicum questions to assist the reader in understanding the art of Christian discernment. This book is an invaluable tool for religious, clergy and laity alike, who are all called in their individual and communal lives to discern more and more what God's will is in very concrete circumstances. Those facing major decisions in their lives will find special assistance and blessing in this extraordinary book. An Epilogue takes the main themes of the text and applies them for use by a community seeking God's will.
Publishers Description For all those who are called to discern what God's will is in very concrete terms.
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Studio: Ave Maria Press, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1984
Publisher Ave Maria Press, Inc.
ISBN 0877933189 ISBN13 9780877933182
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More About Thomas H. Green
Thomas H. Green, S.J. is the author of eight books on the spiritual life. An internationally recognized writer, teacher, and mentor, he has served for thirty-five years at San Jose Seminary in Manila where he is Spiritual Director and Professor of Philosophy and Pastoral Theology. Fr. Green is celebrating fifty years as a member of the Society of Jesus.
Reviews - What do customers think about Weeds Among the Wheat?
Be serious about this read... Jul 20, 2007
If you're looking for a casual read on spirituality, save your money. This text is dated and quite sexist. Although it does explain in very good detail about consolations, etc. it seemed to me to be a serious read for catechism. The casual and protestant reader can easily get lost.
Excellent guide for discernment of the spirits Sep 20, 2004
Started reading this book because of a series of seminars on spiritual discernment at an Ignatian centre. It's by far the most enlightening and useful book i've read on discernment.
Fr Green began by looking at three key concepts of God throughout history - disinterested watchmaker, manipulative puppeteer and loving Father of mature adults. Then, he explained six norms for distinguishing true prophets from false prophets in the Old Testament - often prophecies of something bad/unpopular (rather than something good so as to make the kings or the powers-that-be artificially happy), fulfilment through 'signs', obedience to God, deep faith consistent with earlier teachings in the bible, intention to convert people for the better (rather than to covert power or other material rewards), and an inaugural prophetic call.
Then a chapter followed on how Jesus discerned infallibly His identify and mission, as well as how his disciples discerned gropingly the person of Jesus and His mission, what the apostles Paul and John had taught about spiritual discernment in their letters to the faithful (e.g., Galatians 5:19-23 in the New Testament). Next, more details on the kind of disposition and 'climate' that a discerner needs to maintain to be truly open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and so on.
How i wish i've read this book much earlier! Then again, if i had read this earlier, it would not make that much sense, would it?
Manila Jul 11, 2004
Father Green has provided in this book just what any true seeker needs--a lovingly written explanation of that point where prayer meets action: discernment. To truly appreciate what he has to say requires careful and thoughtful reading; the exercises he provides at the conclusion of each chapter can be challenging and enlightening. As a non-Catholic, I was happy to find that the guidance he provides is comfortably applicable in the life of any Christian.
Clearing the Cobwebs Sep 5, 2001
I had long been puzzled by the idea of discerning the will of God in my life. Finally, Weeds Among the Wheat has helped me to understand that it requires total and complete commitment to getting to know God well enough to see and trust his movements in my life. It truly requires a spousal relationship and trust is the key issue.
Fr. Green can�t escape Catholic roots Feb 28, 2001
*Weeds Among the Wheat* provides a good introduction to the principles of discernment, but is not without flaws. Thomas Green's attempt to make the case for Christian maturity - a relationship with God in which we, as His adult children, take responsibility for decisions - is commendable. However, it's offset by the intermittent patriarchal vein that permeates his philosophy. That's nothing to be wondered at, given his pre-Vatican II formation. But the insistence on the primacy of the voice of pope and priest, and the indispensability of the spiritual director, hardly supports his maturity thesis. There's no room here for the inward light of the Holy Spirit, "who lives in all believers so that they no longer need anyone to teach (them) what is true.. For the Spirit teaches (them) all things". His parochial bias is evident as well; not a single author cited is from outside the Catholic tradition. For a more balanced view, I recommend the excellent *Listening to God in Times of Decision* by Gordon Smith - who, by the way, is a former student of Fr. Green's, and effectively separates the "wheat from the weeds" of Fr. Green's approach.