For those of you who aren’t familiar with the books of Dallas Willard, or who may have only read a book or two of his, here is a brief guide to his seven essential works by ERB editor Chris Smith.
Which books have you read? Which have impacted you most?
I know that when many people think of Willard, they think of this book. It is a superb introduction to the spiritual disciplines and makes a powerful case for their importance. By Willard’s own account, this book was written as a companion to Richard Foster’s CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE. However, for me, Foster’s work — which I read first, and which still seems to be rooted in a heartier ecclesiology — seems to overshadow Willard’s book somewhat. Regardless, this is an important book and when read together with Foster’s book, the reader will find that the two books offer a compelling case for the spiritual disciplines as central to Christian discipleship.