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All That's Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment

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“And God saw that it was good…”

Look out over the world today, it seems a far cry from God’s original declaration. Pain, conflict, and uncertainty dominate the headlines. Our daily lives are noisy and chaotic—filled with too much information and too little wisdom. No wonder we often find it easier to retreat into safe spaces, hunker down in likeminded tribes, and just do ou
Paperback, 215 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Moody Publishers (first published October 2018)
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Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In her latest book All That’s Good, Hannah Anderson stirs our appetite for goodness. There is a satisfying simplicity to her thesis that we ought to train ourselves in discernment by taking up Paul’s charge to the Philippians and seeking out “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable” in the world around us. But, as with all of Anderson’s books, her thesis has hidden depths.

Anderson reminds us that in order to seek go
Adam Shields
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short Review: I so much appreciate that Hannah Anderson starts All That's Good with an exploration of a vision for goodness, “ trying to keep myself safe, in obsessing over making the “right” choices, I found myself making a whole lot of wrong ones. Because I lacked a vision for goodness, I also lacked discernment.” (Page 12)

The main section of All That's Good (pages 63 to 154) is an extended meditation on Philippians 4:8, "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is
Amber Stokes
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite nonfiction books is Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson (which I read in 2017); its style and topic really resonated with me. So her next release was definitely on my radar!

All That's Good is another great, thought-provoking read, this time on the topic of discernment. While the theme didn't affect me quite as much or feel quite as cohesive as in Humble Roots, I still found a lot to relate to and to challenge me in these fresh pages.

I enjoy the way the author tells a story. In thi
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living, mom, own
"How can we, imperfect as we are, develop an instinct for recognizing and embracing the good? How does discernment equip us to navigate a broken, complicated world with confidence and joy?" (13) These are the central questions that Hannah Anderson attempts to answer in her latest book, All That's Good. Her goal is not simply to tell her readers what to think but to shape how they think, and she desires to "lead you away from our common disposition to fear-based thinking toward a place of hope an ...more
Rachel Ollivant
In the Christian community, discernment is a tricky topic to write about because the author, simply by putting her name on the cover, is implying that she has discerned something special about discernment. We all may have seen a situation where someone claimed some wild revelation in the name of discernment - that they have figured out the truth, or the right way to do something, or why someone else is clearly wrong, and will be gracious enough to share this special knowledge with the world. Thi ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Last year Hannah Anderson's MADE FOR MORE impressed me with its clear, insightful thoughts on what it means for all of us to be made in the image of God. Her latest, ALL THAT'S GOOD, is an equally excellent treatise on the subject of discernment -- a much needed quality in a divided, information-glutted, and frequently bewildering modern world.

Anderson writes in her first chapter that "...the goal of discernment is not simply to avoid the evil in this life; it is to learn what is good so that w
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I’d say more like 3.75 stars...I’ve read her first two books, Made for More and Humble Roots. I think Humble Roots is my favorite of the three, if I should have a fave.

passage from my favorite chapter of the book...

“Somehow in the doing is the becoming. Somehow in the teaching is the learning. Somehow innthr seeking is the finding. So too, it is by the practice of discernment that we actually become discerning people. You’ll never learn discernment until you start to apply it. You’ll never begin
Debra Southern
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With chapters labeled: Good and Taste, The Good Earth, Worldly Wise, Whatever is True, Honorable, Just, Pure, Lovely, Commendable, Every Good Gift, and Our Common Good, we learn through Hannah Anderson’s stories and Biblical perspectives, the art of discernment. Whether your knew at learning discernment or have know the art for years, this book lends one to new discoveries. Hannah writes, “In broader usage, discernment simply means developing a taste for what’s good. It’s developing an instinct ...more
Dorothy Greco
I don't think my words/review could do this book justice. Anderson is not only a beautiful writer but a superb theologian and teacher. I finished the book feeling encouraged and better equipped to "embrace discernment as part of God's work of redemption." In this age of ultra-biased news, double speak, and lazy hermeneutics, we all need to be able to discern truth from fiction and Anderson helps us do that with grace and love.
Christa Threlfall
a helpful read for thinking critically and entertaining thoughtful questions without defensiveness.
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This has been an excellent book so far!
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Anderson has written another good book, though this new book is my favorite of hers, as it relates to discernment, a topic that we should all be concerned about, especially us Christians. This has become important to me the past couple years, as I see so much false information out there, bad theology being shared and taught by people whom some of us look to for wisdom. We must become like the Bereans and use Scripture to teach and guide us. Hannah uses Philippians 4:8 (Finally, brothers, ...more
Zach Barnhart
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church-life
What does a word like “discernment” mean to a people characterized by distraction, divisiveness, and disenchantment? For many, it has become an overwhelmingly negative word. “Discernment” for our culture finds its lifeblood in focusing on the negative, exposing what’s wrong. It takes the postures of accusation and avoidance.

But discernment, after all, should be about “developing a taste for what’s good” (13). That’s the assertion that Hannah Anderson makes in her new book, All That’s Good. Of c
Lauren DuPrez
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All That's Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment is the third book from blogger, author, and podcaster Hannah Anderson. When I learned that Hannah was releasing a book that focused on discernment I was very excited. Discernment is a topic that's really piqued my interest as of late and I was interested to learn what Hannah had to say about it. In the Introduction of the book, Hannah states, ". . . discernment simply means developing a taste for what is good," (pg. 13). Rather than just in ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Discernment, seeing clearly and knowing what is good, seems to be missing today. I really value the enlightening teaching about discernment contained in this book. I appreciate Anderson exploring what discernment is and is not. I like her teaching that making good choices necessitates becoming good people, evidencing virtues. She spends some time exploring Philippians 4:8-9, helping us to understand the virtues and their expression in our lives. When we pursue the things listed there, she writes ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hannah approaches discernment from an unexpected angle. I tend to think of discernment as deciphering a sort of secret code, or the ability to see through a problem, behind it, to determine the proper course of action or belief. Hannah asserts that simply seeking out the good will illuminate the evil and keep you on the path of truth. She uses Philippians 4:8 as her template for developing an eye for what's good (whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable...think on these thing ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have often thought that discernment meant knowing all you needed to keep yourself away from what's toxic and bad around you. In "All That's Good", Hannah Anderson draws attention to discernment as not only knowing what to avoid but more than that knowing what is good so that you can enjoy the goodness of God in the good around us. She walks through Philippians 4:8 defining ways we can pursue the goodness of God displayed here and now in the world around us through setting our attention on what ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Anderson's latest book titled All That's Good has the subtitle "Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment." In a world where we are bombarded with information on all sides, it's more important than ever to develop discernment. Hannah tells us that "discernment is knowing the difference between what is good and what is better." We live in a broken world where we have to sort through the choices presented to us daily. The noise and chaos of the world around us can drown out the voice of God.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
This is the 3rd book that I've read by Hannah Anderson and it is the best by far! You know it's a good book when you keep underlining! The subtitle is "Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment". The structure of the book uses Philippians 4:8 to go through the various traits of how we determine what is good. Looking at what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable, the author guides us through each of these characteristics in learning how to determine what is good. The final chapter ...more
Samantha Kurtz
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers. No compensation was given for a review. All thoughts are my own.*

It’s easy in today’s world to quickly retreat to simpler times, similar mindsets and stay in a comfortable, like-minded bubble. I mean does anyone else purposely avoid watching the news? I do. It’s full of hate, death, and ugliness. But, “and God saw that it was good..” applies to now. Today. All That's Good focuses on discernment, not just simply avoiding bad things; but how d
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book will steady the heart of one who is on the edge of abandoning good, yet frustrating relationships, beneficial, yet deeply flawed social structures, fulfilling, yet exhausting endeavors. It will speak truth to the one whose hands are thrown up in the air in resignation, and say, “Don’t give up. Good is worth pursuing. Good is worth sorting through brokenness. Good is worth uncovering, even if peeling back the layers is painful and uncomfortable. Good is worth discovering and sacrificing ...more
Rachel Menke
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
Pearls, Detective Novels, German Board Games, Wood Fires, and small-town community church - these are a few of my favorite things and a few of Hannah Anderson’s too! Even if these don’t make the list of your favorite things, “All That’s Good” will still be a book that deserves your thought and consideration!
Anderson uses Philippians 4:8 to point us to what is truly good and help us to discover how our misinterpretations of Truth, honor, Justice, purity, loveliness, and commendability have led t
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sanctification
"What discernment does is equip us to see the true nature of the world and of ourselves, both the good and the bad," says Hannah Anderson in this book. Anderson unpacks the art of discernment as a call to seek, become, and follow a God who embodies the qualities of a portion of Philippians 4:8: "whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable" (ESV).

This book is far bigger than "Think this, don't think that. Do this, don't
Angela Dechambeau
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My review on All That's Good/Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment by Hannah Anderson. I was curious about the name of this book. Many books I have read on the subject of discernment in my many years as a Child of the King have all be different on discernment. Hannah has been given a different view on it and the book is very well written. I recommend it to all Believers as you will see the world we live in with a totally different perspective--a Heavenly one. We are admonished to look with God' ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve had the opportunity to read an e-ARC of All Thats Good.

The book begins with a question: How can we, imperfect as we are, develop an instinct for recognizing and embracing the good? How does discernment equip us to navigate a broken, complicated world with confidence and joy?

Hannah Anderson tells us that first, we need to acknowledge what we don't know. In order to make good decisions, we just become a discerning person skilled in wisdom and goodness. To be this person, we must be humble an
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: discipleship
All That’s Good is one of the best books I’ve read in the last year. Anderson guides the reader into a refreshing and encouraging understanding of discernment. She teaches the reader to not focus on the negativity often associated with discernment, but to instead learn to perceive what is good and lean into that.

This book is so full of wisdom that nearly every page in my copy has underlining and notes. It is worth multiple read throughs because of the richness of the vision of a life of discernm
Megan Byrd
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books-read
This book talks about how to grow in discernment to learn what is good in this world. It walks through Philippians 4:8-9 which talks about the types of things that are worthy of our attention, things that are true, honorable, pure, lovely, just, and commendable. It reminds us of how God has shown us through Jesus how to grow in our ability to discern these things. At the end of the book there is a study guide to go deeper into learning the concepts and developing the skills for improved discernm ...more
Adrienne Servis
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hannah Anderson has done a great job of causing us to redefine and look at discernment different. She says, "Discernment does not change the challenges we face, it changes our ability to face them." She goes on to state, "There are no hacks to discernment. No three easy steps to follow, no lists or tricks or tips to ensure that you'll be able to make good decisions when you need to. In order to make good decisions, you must become a discerning person, a person skilled in wisdom and goodness itse ...more
Nancy Boyd
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anderson is a gifted writer, whose words enlighten our understanding and ignite our imagination. Her many analogies will help us remember the concepts she shares about what discernment really is, and what it is not. "How we spend our words is, of course, how we spend our lives. If we spend our days sharing trivialities, life will be trivial. If we spend our days focused on what we fear, life will be filled with anxiety. If, however, we spend our days talking about good, worthy, glorious things, ...more
Zacarias Rivera, Jr.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All That's Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment is a wonderful book on what true discernment is. Hannah Anderson clearly exegetes scripture to manifest what discernment really entails. With personal, raw anecdotes, metaphors, and humor, she interprets what is good and what is better.

I love the way she is able to show how we need to seek what's good, shun what is evil, and pursue what is best. I have learned and been reminded that discernment is not just knowing right from wrong, or good
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Hannah Anderson lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She spends her days working beside her husband in rural ministry, caring for their three young children, and scratching out odd moments to write. In those in-between moments, she contributes to a variety of Christian publications and is the
“In order to discern whether something is worth that price, we must have a clear sense of what God is calling us to and what He is not; we also must trust that He’s working everything in our lives for good. This foundation gives us the clarity we need to align our decisions with the work that He’s already doing—even if that means saying no to good things. For me, this means seeking God through prayer, getting perspective from spiritual counselors, and identifying the clear signs of providence in my life, i.e., do minor details, opportunities, gifts, and timing seem to align, leading me toward a certain choice? I also ask myself the following questions: Does this opportunity fit my specific calling, or could anyone do it? Should someone else do it? Can I justify the time, effort, and energy? Is the exchange fair to everyone, especially to those who are closest to me? Do the people near me sense God calling me to this opportunity? Would I be disobedient to say no? Would I be saying yes for wrong reasons, like people pleasing, fear of missing out, greed, pride, or celebrity? Would I be saying no for wrong reasons, like laziness, insecurity, timidity, or fear of responsibility?” 0 likes
“But what happens when a community can’t receive dissenting opinions? At the very least, it won’t benefit from those with the gift of discernment, and because of the pressure to conform, those with the gift might be tempted to remain silent about the danger they see. But in the silence, the community risks coming under the control of false, manipulative leaders while those who do have insight from God are ignored. Correspondingly, those with the gift of discernment might become so frustrated that they are tempted to use it to judge and divide the Body, rather than heal it.” 0 likes
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