- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (May 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062311751
- ISBN-13: 978-0062311757
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship Paperback – May 13, 2014
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“Dallas Willard keeps calling us to take this life of Jesus seriously as disciples, as apprentices to a Master.” (Eugene Peterson, author of The Message)
“There is NO one like Dallas. Finding more of his words is like getting hidden treasure. Read and grow!” (John Ortberg, author of God Is Closer Than You Think)
“This is vintage Willard, and it must be read by all who hunger to grow as Jesus’s disciple.” (J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, and author of Love Your God With All Your Mind)
“If you have any desire to find the life God offers you, read this book.” (John Eldredge, author of Captivating)
“Every leader, whether professional or lay, who cares about the church of Jesus Christ, should read this book.” (Paul D. Robbins, President, Christianity Today International)
“I know no one like Dallas Willard who can express profound things so simply and simple things so profoundly.” (Os Guinness, author of The Call and Unspeakable)
“Dallas Willard reminds us that a relationship with Jesus only makes sense when we choose to become his apprentices.” (Alan Andrews, U.S. President of the Navigators)
“The Great Omission may be Dallas’s most important work yet.” (Ruth Haley Barton, president, Transforming Center, author of Sacred Rhythms)
“Another classic from the pen of this remarkable writer. Incisive and insightful...” (Alister E. McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology, Oxford University)
“The Great Omission is, simply put, great. I recommend it highly.” (Richard J. Foster, author of The Celebration of Discipline)
“There are few better thinkers or students of Jesus than Dallas Willard.” (Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager and The Secret)
“It is no accident that one of the most fruitful lives I’ve been privileged to observe offers this valuable resource.” (J. Stanley Mattson, founder and president, C.S. Lewis Foundation)
“...Willard speaks his truth in such an eloquent, passionate, and powerful way...” (Library Journal)
“Dallas Willard is a brilliant, modest, immensely experienced Christian older brother, calling to us.” (Christianity Today)
From the Back Cover
In his earlier books Dallas Willard has laid out the principal ideas for a revolutionary understanding of what the Christian life is really about. This volume collects articles, talks, and interviews where Willard explains the practical application of his ideas. He answers such questions as what does it mean to be Jesus’ disciple? How does God teach us? How do we know what God wants for us? How do we explain Jesus to others? And much more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When many people consider discipleship, or spiritual formation, they think of what it costs (a la Bonhoeffer). This is a valid perspective, but Willard asks us to take a look from the other side: The cost of nondiscipleship:
"Nondiscipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith
that sees everything in the light of God's overriding governance for good, hopefulness
that stands firm in the most discouraging circumstances, power to do what is right
and withstand the forces of evil. In short, nondiscipleship costs you exactly the
abundance of life Jesus said he came to bring (John 10:10)."
Discipleship is essential for every Christian, not just for the "super Christians." There is nothing in the teaching of scripture that suggests that being forgiven and "saved" is all there is to being a Christian. To the contrary, Willard shows that Christians need to be undergoing a profound transformation in character becoming more like Christ from the heart. How does this happen? By the faithful acceptance of everyday problems, interaction with God's Spirit in and around us and spiritual disciplines.Read more ›
The book's title references Jesus' "Great Commission" to his disciples just before He ascended to Heaven. Willard feels that for many Christians there has been a "Great Omission" in achieving the true goals of Christianity. He even takes issue with the term "Christian" early on, which he says is mentioned only a few times in the Bible and originally was a way of differentiating Jews from Jesus' jewish and non-jewish followers. Indeed, Dr. Willard finds a "Great Disparity" (my caps) between the life Christians should be living and the secular life that many actually live, which is also certainly being observed by those who are not Christian and who see no difference between lifestyles of Christians and non-Christians. He urges that we make disciples of ourselves first, before making disciples of the Church and the world.
Dr. Wiliard rationally makes a powerful case for a new Christian discipleship and tells those disciples how to live in this age of confusion and temptation. Spiritual formation, living one's life as if Jesus was in their place, changing our mindset, and the critical role of "grace" leads us to the literally change our feelings. Other too-seldom heard relevant terms like "piety" abound in this book to flesh out Wiliard's concepts.Read more ›
Certainly Mr. Willard communicates his passion and thinking about this subject well. I feel that I most benefitted from his definitions of "spiritual formation," and his presentation of the idea that "Grace is not opposed to effort, but to earning." The most exciting chapter was his presentation of "Jesus the Logician." This chapter would be great for all believers to strengthen their understanding of Jesus and their appreciation for His participation is every part of their life.
I find it ironic that what the title of this book suggests the author has seemed to have done himself. I feel a few things have been "omitted" by the Mr. Willard.
1. He failed to present a model of discipleship. One of Willard's complaints was that he has not yet found a church that has a master plan for accomplishing the call to make disciples. It would seem that since we are all called to this task that the author himself must be discipling people. How does he accomplish this great task? This could have been a significant contribution to the thinking and life of his readers had he presented some kind of solution to the problem discussed. Just emphasizing spiritual formation doesn't cut it.
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This author was recommended to me. I appreciate reading his perspective on this subject. Very encouraging.Published 13 hours ago by Mary S
Wow! Dallas is the man! This book will challenge any Christian. Very well written and thought provoking.Published 3 months ago by Todd Dunphy
Dallas brings us back to our original duties and responsibilities as a disciple of Jesus. We have a calling... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matthew Chapman
Bible home group has gone through this book. It was informative, not what expected initially and is a good read.Published 6 months ago by Michelle
What is the great Omission? Dallas Willard defines it as claiming to be Christ’s without being His disciple. It’s what Bonhoeffer might call “cheap grace”. Read morePublished 6 months ago by THowerton