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Dallas Willard, an acclaimed theologian and professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California, fulfills the longing of many Christians who want to live as true disciples of Christ rather than distant dabblers. Likewise, he scoffs at consumer Christians who are simply banking on admittance to heaven as their payoff for attending church. Or worse still, those who use Christianity to advance their political agendas rather than their spiritual ones. But this is not a scolding book. Rather, Willard devotes his efforts to discussing specific and inspiring ways to develop a discipleship to Jesus--not as an act of sacrifice or even one of spiritual luxury--instead, as everyday people committed to the teachings of Christ. "The really good news for Christians is that Jesus is now taking students in the master class of life," writes Willard. "So the message of and about him is specifically a gospel for our life now, not just for dying. It is about living now as his apprentices in kingdom living, not just as consumers of his merits." --Gail Hudson
Willard (philosophy, Univ. of Southern California) considers popular Christian belief to be missing out on the essence and origin of its true meaning. Since "consumer Christianity" mistakes the logo for the logos, today's brand-name Christians have jumped on a bandwagon that has run off without its true leader. The imitation of Christ has lost its central importance in Christianity, according to Willard. He examines reasons why this is so and sets out a detailed plan for reawakening such commitment, which requires a genuine willingness to die to self in contrast with mere consumption of Jesus' merits as an insurance against death. Willard's passionate insights are thoroughly argued, though not all may agree with his curriculum for changing people's beliefs. Most suitable for pastoral collections.
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Incredible insight from Dallas Willard and not your typical ideas regarding the Kingdom of GodPublished 21 days ago by Frederick Chumley
Dallas is clear, concise, very readable, and most of all knows his topic. He opens the mind and heart to the real Jesus.Published 25 days ago by Rosalyn
This book is a little heavy to read but it is wonderful I have recommended it to many of my friends.Published 1 month ago by laura
I love this book ... I return to it often. Dallas Willard presents facts about how to live "in the Kingdom" now.Published 1 month ago by Jack
Great read - full of detail and interest. Great transaction!Published 1 month ago by Louise Grandouiller
Great Book about Jesus' Sermon on the Mountain. I highly recommend it. I have read it twice and refer to it on manny occasions.
Absolutely inspired and inspiring. This book is giving me a key to a much richer, fuller knowledge of God and relationship to Him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by roberta pagano
A true masterpiece!
Very comprehensive discussion of Jesus's teaching!