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?
The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship
This book weaves together Willard’s earlier work on discipleship in THE DIVINE CONSPIRACY and his work on spiritual formation in RENOVATION OF THE HEART. Discipleship and spiritual formation, he argues here, go hand in hand. “This book calls believers to restore what should be the heart of Christianity—being active disciples of Jesus Christ. In the school of life, we are apprentices of the Teacher whose brilliance encourages us to rise above traditional church understanding and embrace the true meaning of discipleship—an active, concrete, 24/7 life with Jesus.” (dwillard.org)
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The two most influential for me were Renovation of the Heart and The Divine Conspiracy. Both have shaped my ministry as well as the trajectory of my personal life (I am in my current doctoral program in large part due to the change in thinking those two books caused in my life).
Have also read Spirit of the Disciplines, Hearing God and listened to many lectures and talks.
Thanks for sharing, Carl!