- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 26, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400208211
- ISBN-13: 978-1400208210
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Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23 Paperback – February 26, 2019
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Dallas Willard (1935–2013) was a professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Philosophy from 1965 until his retirement in 2012. His groundbreaking books The Divine Conspiracy, The Great Omission, Knowing Christ Today, The Spirit of the Disciplines, Renovation of the Heart,and Hearing God forever changed the way thousands of Christians experience their faith.
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I also had concern over whether I could offer this book to the men and women at the homeless shelter where I served. Their lives are filled with palpable lack. How would this book play there? Dallas is aware of these concerns for all of us who experience lack in one way or another in our lives and he addresses these concerns adeptly. From chapter 1, "Whereas King David wrote, The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want," Paul wrote, "not that I speak in regard to need." They both knew the provision of God that became for them a life without lack.
"But how could Paul say that? This man has been dragged through every jailhouse in the Roman Empire. Several times we find him bobbing in the ocean, trying to survive shipwrecks. It makes me want to say, "What do you mean, you don't have any wants? Couldn't you use a boat?" He would respond, "Well sure I'll take a boat, but I don't really have to have it, you understand?""
I'm not there yet, but reading this makes me eager for the day when I can say that I'm living a life without lack. I'm looking forward to implementing Willard's suggestions for growth in this area of my life.
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. (and then purchased a hard copy because I liked it so much)
Dallas continues to feed my soul. Psalm 23 is a psalm I regularly use when I wake up each morning. This book gives incredible depth to what I am reciting each day. I really do lack nothing in my life. All I truly desire is the presence of the Lord.
The last chapter of the book is a game-changer for me. Dallas lays out the thought that my "day" should begin in the evening. He then walks through some ideas of how to structure each "day" so God is always before us and we realize his presence in a sweeter way day by day.
It is yet another Dallas Willard book that is marked up and ready to be utilized over and over.
So many of us can quote Psalm 23, but few of us have ventured deeply into living the truth of it--a life that lacks nothing because all its needs are met by the Good Shepherd. Contentment, peace, and security are not empty wishes; they are the fruit of a life lived day by day and moment by moment in the knowledge of God's care. In this book, Dallas shows us the way to experience that kind of life.
Those of us who knew Dallas can almost hear his voice speaking these words of promise, hope, and challenge to us. His humble, gentle tone comes through clearly. His insights are grounded in the truth that was fleshed out in Dallas's life as he himself practiced living in the fullness of Psalm 23.