Listening Hearts

Discerning Call in Community (30th Anniversary Edition)

Suzanne G. Farnham, Joseph P. Gill, R. Taylor McLean, Susan M. Ward

Jun/2021, 208 Pages, Paperback, 5 x 7.5

ISBN-13: 9781640654136

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This 30th anniversary edition presents the unique approach of Listening Hearts to the spiritual practice of discernment for a new generation.

Written to make the often elusive and usually clergy-centered spiritual practice of discernment accessible to all people, Listening Hearts features simple reflections and exercises drawn from scripture and from Quaker and Ignatian traditions. The seminal work in the Listening Hearts Series, this book has been a beloved resource for tens of thousands of individual readers, retreat participants, small groups, and church leaders listening for and responding to God’s call in their lives.

“With updated language, revised appendices, and added stories, Listening Hearts can impart the deep wisdom embedded in its pages to new generations of those who seek to answer the call of Jesus to ‘follow me’.” –The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

Suzanne G. Farnham is the founder of Listening Hearts Ministries and a popular speaker and retreat leader. She is the author of Retreat Designs and Meditation Exercises, and the co-author of Grounded in God and Keeping in Tune with God. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland


Joseph P. Gill is a Baltimore area attorney, active lay leader and trainer in Listening Hearts Ministries.


R. Taylor McLean was a lawyer. He served as president and trustee of the Listening Hearts Ministries Board of Trustees. He died in 2021.


Susan M. Ward is a former Listening Hearts trustee, who lives in Baltimore, where she is an active lay leader.

“With updated language, revised appendices, and added stories, Listening Hearts can impart the deep wisdom embedded in its pages to new generations of those who seek to answer the call of Jesus to ‘follow me.’”—The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

“What a wonderful book! . . . Clear, concise, and a delightful guide to living in the spirit, whether you are called to the religious life or just a person wanting to live faithfully.”—Therese Taylor-Stinson, editor, Embodied Spirits

—Embodied Spirits

“My parish used Listening Hearts in our part of discerning calls to ordained ministry. The experience was so rewarding that several people asked for committees to help them use the book in discerning next steps not at all related to ordination: just the ways in which they might hear God’s call in their lives.”—Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, author of Called

“Thirty years later, this spiritual classic remains a timeless gift for laypeople, clergy, and congregations who are seeking to discern in community. Definitely one to add to your personal library.”—Westina Matthews, author of Dancing From the Inside Out

“This 30th anniversary expansion offers excellent guidelines for discernment group process as well as samples of appropriate questions for pointing the group toward effective discernment of God’s invitations.”—Michael Sheeran, SJ

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