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?
Getting Love Right
Even if you are an avid reader of Willard’s work, you might not have read this little, but important, ebook. Released in 2012, this little ebook contains the text of a talk that Willard gave at a conference of the American Association of Christian Counselors. It is available for only $1 on Kindle and as best, I can tell it was published by Willard, so the profits will go to his estate. Willard explains the importance of the Apostle Paul’s teaching on love: “It is Paul who really helps us to understand the love of which Jesus and the New Testament speak. There is, needless to say, much confusion about love, and what Paul says about it, as well as his practice, can help us to get agape love—and therewith all the other “loves” of the Greek and other languages—right.”
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R.I.P. Dallas Willard, you will be missed!
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com
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!