The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Discernment Resource Sheet

Discernment Resources & Questions

  1. What do I really want to do with the remainder of my life?

  2. Who is God to me?

  3. How do I experience each facet of God in the Trinity?

  4. How would I describe my prayer life?

  5. How best do I relate to people? How would I describe my best/worst relationships?

  6. How do I feel about the authority placed over me?

  7. How do I reflect? Do I journal? Do I have a spiritual director? Do I seek counseling? What impact have these had on my life and being?

  8. What do I read and why would someone care what I am reading?

  9. How do I play? What activities make my heart sing?

  10. Which questions in the Baptismal Covenant (BCP, pages 304-305) are the most challenging? Which bring the most joy?

  11. What gives you hope? What gets you out of bed every morning?

  12. What do you want your obituary to say?



Aguilar, Mario. Contemplating God, Changing the world. New York: Seabury Books, 2008.

Alkire, Sabina. What can one person do?: faith to heal a broken world. New York: Church Publishing, 2005.

Anderson, Carol. Knowing Jesus in your life. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse, 1995.

Ashbrook, R. Mansions of the heart: exploring the seven stages of spiritual growth. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Au, Wilkie and Noreen Cannon, The Discerning Heart: Exploring the Christian Path. Mahwah: Paulist, 2006.

Cain, Susan. Quiet. New York: Random House, 2012.

Das, Lama Surya. Letting Go of The Person You Used to Be: Lessons in Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation. New York: Broadway Books, 2003.

Dougherty, Rose Mary. Discernment: a path to Spiritual Awakening. Mahwah: Paulist, 2009.

Dunne, Tad. Spiritual Exercises For Today: A Contemporary Presentation of the Classic Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1991.

Farnham, Susan et al. Listening Hearts: Discerning Call in Community. New York: Church Publishing, 2011.

Farrington, Debra K. Hearing with the Heart: A Gentle Guide for Discerning God's Will for Your Life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002.

Friedman, Edwin. What are you going to do with your life?: unpublished writings and diaries. New York, N.Y: Seabury Books, 2009.

Friend, Howard. Gifts of an uncommon life: the practice of contemplative activism. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2008

Gallagher, Timothy. The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living. New York: Crossroad, 2005.

Gittins, Anthony. Come, follow Me : the commandments of Jesus: invitations to discipleship. Liguori, Mo: Liguori Publications, 2004.

Goldman, Caren. Across the threshold, into the questions : discovering Jesus, finding self. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Pub, 2008.

Lewis, C.S. Surprised by Joy. Harper Collins, 1955.

Liebert, Elizabeth M. The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making. Louisville: John Knox, 2008.

McLaughlin, Nancy Ann. Do You Believe?: Living the Baptismal Covenant. New York: Morehouse, 2006.

Murray, Pauli. The Autobiography of a Black Feminist, Activist, Lawyer, Priest, and Poet. University of Tennessee Press, 1989.

Nouwen, Henri. With open hands. Notre Dame, Ind: Ave Maria Press, 1972.

Palmer, Parker. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2000.

Portero, Sam. Transforming Vocation. New York: Church Publishing, 2008. New York: Morehouse, 2006.

Pottebaum, Gerard, ed. I am the Way: A Personal Spiritual Life Journal. Loveland, OH: Treehaus, 1998.

Ware, Corinne. Discover your spiritual type: a guide to individual and congregational growth. Bethesda, Md: Alban Institute, 1995.

Webb-Mitchell, Brett. Christly gestures : learning to be members of the body of Christ. Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Wiman, Christian. My Bright Abyss (Farrar, Straus and Giraux, 2013)

For additional resources or questions regarding discernment and the ordination process in ECCT, please contact the Dean of Formation.