If you have ever wondered whether your intuition, advice from your faimly, or even direction from your church community truly reflected God's desires for you, you will welcome Flora Wuellner's insights about how to recognize God's guidance. Using the story of Jesus the Good Shepherd in John 10, Flora Wuellner explains how to listen for and learn to discern God's way for your life. Along with exploring the rich meanings in this story of the sheep and their shepherd, she provides suggestions for meditation that will help you listen for the voice of the One who loves you and wants to nurture your soul.
Whether clergy or laity, everyone struggles to discern God's guidance when facing difficult choices. So when a book like Enter by the Gate comes along that offers clear, solid, scriptural guidance, it is sure to become a favorite. Enter by the Gate offers 7 insights to guide those who seek to discern God's guidance when making difficult decisions. The insights are gleaned from John 10, the story of the good shepherd, and are Jesus' criteria for discernment. Gracefully written by Flora Slosson Wuellner, this book is filled with wisdom and gentleness. It emphasizes the many and varied ways by which God speaks to us and the ways by which we hear. Without harshness or judgment, Wuellner clearly names the warning signs of false guidance. Being aware of these signs helps us to identify misleading voices around and within us that masquerade as God's voice. Wuellner explores communal pressure, powerful ideologies, mistaken or manipulative leaders, traditions and expectations, inner unhealed hurts, angers, needs, zealousness and compulsive responsibility, honest mistakes within good intentions. Each chapter concludes with a reflection and meditation than can be used individually, in one-on-one guidance, or in a group setting.