The Discernment of Spirits

An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living
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St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, is one of the most influential spiritual leaders of all time, yet many people find his Rules for Discernment hard to understand. What can Ignatius teach us about the discernment of spirits that lies at the very heart of Christian life? In The Discernment of Spirits, Fr. Timothy Gallagher, a talented teacher, retreat leader, and scholar, helps us understand the rules and how their insights are essential for our spiritual growth today. By integrating the rules and the experience of contemporary people, Gallagher shows the precision, clarity, and insight of Ignatius' rules, as well as the relevance of his thought for spiritual life today. When we learn to understand Ignatius correctly, we discover in his remarkable words our own struggles, joys, and triumphs. This book is for all who desire greater awareness of God's action in their daily spiritual lives, and is essential listening for retreat directors, spiritual directors, priests, and counselors.

©2005 Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V. (P)2017 Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V.

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Extremely Friendly to the Lay Person

I am new to the spirituality of St. Ignatius. I found this book very easy to follow and to understand. Sometimes books on spirituality can be too lofty or complicated for someone like me who has only a casual background in theology. The first chapter was a bit dense, but the rest was exactly what I was hoping to get. These lessons and their presentation were immediately applicable and helpful to me both because of the simplicity of the presentation and the clear, illuminating examples given. I've already purchased The Examen book by the same author. I'll listen to it next.

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Spiritual Growth

I found the book extremely useful in my spiritual growth. More than once, it touched on experiences that I’d had but didn’t understand. Content in this book allowed me to put things into a better perspective and use them for greater spiritual growth.

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Bad sound

The recording is very raspy and unpleasant to listen to. Please advise. I am listening with an IPhone 6. Thank you

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Good read, with practical help.

Good read. Rather listen, with practical help in discerning our state of mind in joy and in times of trial or desolation.

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An Essential Read (Listen) for all Christians

An excellent introduction to St. Ignatius Loyala's spiritual rules for discernment. This is an excellent resource for all Christians, not just Catholics. Fr. Gallagher uses concrete, everyday examples to illustrate St. Ignatius' rules for people of all States of life, men and women, single or married, secular or religious. This is also a must read (listen) for anyone who is discerning whether they are called to be a spiritual director, as the examples used in the book are timeless.

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Opening my eyes just a little

This book overflowed into into many different areas of my life and I was about to put into practice what I was learning as I was reading. This book has really changed the I way I think of things because I discern them now so they don’t snow ball.

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Very helpful book

This book helps greatly in knowing myself and recognizing consolations and desolations. Thanks so much to Fr. Gallagher -- I also read Discerning the Will of God, another awesome book. God bless!

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Excellent Book

This book is great for those undergoing spiritual desolation and uncertainty in discerning what is coming from God or the enemy of our souls. I highly recommend. God bless.

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Useful Guide

Illuminating, though sometimes examples are belabored and get tedious. Glad to have "read" it.

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Essential Christian reading

This is a great explanation of such a massively important aspect of Christian spirituality. There are many practical examples that give the rules life