When Christians share their faith, they often appeal to reason, logic, and the truth of doctrine. But these tactics often are not effective. A better approach to spread Christ’s word, Dallas Willard suggests, is to use the example of our own lives. To demonstrate Jesus’s message,...READ MORE
A description of the book in Dr. Willard’s own words: This book deals with the disappearance of morality from the accepted fields of knowledge over the last one hundred years. Thus it deals with a historical and social phenomenon, but one that is substantially philosophical. Accordingly, it...READ MORE
A Powerful, Thought-Provoking Guide to Living the Life Jesus Intends for Us Is Jesus part of your daily life—here and now? Or, by failing to take him seriously, have you relegated him to the realm of the "hereafter"? In The Divine Conspiracy, biblical teaching, popular culture, science, scholarship,...READ MORE
Co-authored by Dallas Willard and Gary Black Jr., this book is the sequel to The Divine Conspiracy and continues Dallas's series on the Kingdom of God by looking at God's plan to intervene in human history through His disciples who live out His calling in their life through...READ MORE
Book by Edmund Husserl Translated and edited by Dallas Willard (University of Southern California) This books gives the English reader access to nearly all of the shorter philosophical texts (published or unpublished) produced by Edmund Husserl between the appearance of his first book, Philosophie der Arithmetik, and that...READ MORE
The last command Jesus gave the church before he ascended to heaven was the Great Commission, the call for Christians to "make disciples of all the nations." But Christians have responded by making "Christians," not "disciples." This has been the church's Great Omission. The New Testament is a book...READ MORE
A Powerful, Thought-Provoking Guide to Living the Life Jesus Intends for Us This book deals with the disastrous effects of divorcing the teachings of Jesus Christ and his people from the domain of human knowledge. Its aim is to reposition the substantial teachings of Christianity ("Mere" Christianity) as a body...READ MORE
Dallas teamed up with John Ortberg in February 2013 for the Dallas Willard Center's inaugural conference in Santa Barbara, California. John and Dallas have been ministry partners for decades, which was quite evident as they taught together and shared insights into living more fully in the presence of Christ daily....READ MORE
In his first book, Philosophy of Arithmetic, Edmund Husserl provides a carefully worked out account of number as a categorial or formal feature of the objective world, and of arithmetic as a symbolic technique for mastering the infinite field of numbers for knowledge. It is a realist account of numbers...READ MORE
In this wide-ranging collection of essential readings from Dr. Willard—including 15 previously unpublished chapters—we find wisdom, knowledge and truth for growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Dr. Willard began working with Dr. Gary Black Jr in early 2013 to select and...READ MORE
Believers long for personal purity and power to live as our hearts tell us we should. But how does God change us? To perform appropriately in the moment when you're "on the spot" you must be preparing when you're "off the spot." We understand this principle when we...READ MORE
Dallas Willard spent his life making eternal living concrete for his friends. After his unexpected passing in 2013, the kaleidoscope of memories and the diversity of the lives he had touched could not be confined to one or even two memorial services, but three. It is this wide breadth of impact...READ MORE
Evangelical Christianity in the United States is currently in a dramatic state of change. Yet amidst this sometimes tumultuous religious environment a rather unique blend of both ancient and contemporary Christian theology has found its way into the hearts and minds of emerging generations of Christians. The Theology of Dallas...READ MORE
Dallas’s unique perspective on discipleship and personal transformation was part of the allure of his teaching as well as cause for much discussion. This collection explores his teaching on topics including the Beatitudes, the relationship of body and soul, the kingdom of God, discipleship to Jesus, the nature...READ MORE
Advised Sequence for Reading Books
People often ask, “Is there an order to Dallas’s Christian books? A logical progression?”
The answer is, “Yes, for the first five.” There is a definitive order to his first five Christian books; Hearing God, The Spirit of the Disciplines, The Divine Conspiracy , Renovation of the Heart, and Knowing Christ Today. After these books were completed Dallas continued to write on a multitude of subjects concerning discipleship and knowing God and his kingdom. And we shouldn’t forget his philosophical writings, which focused on the nature of knowledge and informed his Christian writings.
The order of Dallas’s first five books follows the order of his Four Big Questions:
Hearing God comes first because God and his kingdom are the deepest and most present reality there is, and God is a personal and very present being who loves you. Hearing God deals with topics like God’s existence and His personal nature, along with describing the various ways that God has chosen to speak to people. Dallas believes a conversational relationship is key to our Christian walk.
The Spirit of the Disciplines addresses our desire to deepen our relationship with God and live in His kingdom. To be alive in the kingdom requires training and grace as we increasingly put off the old man and put on the new. The disciplines serve as a means of grace to help accomplish the goal of living the abundant life Christ came to make available to us.
The Divine Conspiracy focuses on Jesus Christ as the model of a good person who lived a good life that was pervaded by Agape love. In it we rediscover Jesus as teacher as we read about him in new, refreshing and challenging ways. By looking deeply into the Sermon on the Mount, The Divine Conspiracy shepherds us into what it means to follow Jesus and to live a life increasingly pervaded by his Agape love.
Renovation of the Heart addresses the fourth Big Question. It shows us how to love God with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength and have confidence in Jesus Christ. The path to renewing the heart includes the other parts of every human being: mind, soul and body. Renovation of the Heart is the definitive discipleship manual; a guide to understanding what it means to be a disciple of the living, loving and very present Jesus Christ and how to become more and more like him.
Knowing Christ Today addresses the influence of today’s culture on a believer’s ideas about knowledge and if God and His kingdom can be trusted and verified. This book helps disciples with the renewing of their mind. It helps disciples enter even more deeply into a mature relationship with God by addressing deep questions about faith, belief, truth, reality, and knowledge.
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