Imagine raising your teenagers in direct partnership with God. Imagine embarking on an adventure of creating healthy lives from healthy choices. Imagine your teenager using, of all things, spiritual discernment to make life decisions that nourish body, mind, and all he or she does.
Maggie Pike has done the imagining and shows that it really is possible to make such a lofty principle as discernment understandable, practical, and useful to a ten-year-old, a fifteen-year-old, a young person on the brink of adulthood. She offers a method of spiritual discernment for dealing with issues such as peer pressure, friends, sexuality, change, and family well-being.
Imagine a method of parenting centered in God…it’s our best shot.
The Power of Discernment equips parents to accompany their children through adolescence, marveling at “the signs of God’s gracious activity” in their lives. This practical guide shows them how to encourage life-giving choices that reflect the accord between the human will and God’s will. Pike dismantles the “watchdog God” image and reveals instead a God who joyfully leads us into the fullness of life. She is a realistic author whose fine examples show families who are “perfectly imperfect.” Chapter 14, on “acid tests” of the discernment tool, shows people in difficult situations still learning to stand in their truth and act from it.