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The Theology of Dallas Willard: Discovering Protoevangelical Faith Paperback – August 6, 2013
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Rob Bell, author of ''Love Wins''
''There is simply no one whose understanding of Jesus and his good news has the power and depth of Dallas Willard. Gary Black offers us all a tremendous gift a journey of thought that will illuminate your faith and change your life.''
John Ortberg, author of Who Is This Man?
''No one has had a greater impact on my understanding of spiritual formation and life in God's kingdom than Dallas Willard, and I know of no one who has a more thorough grasp of Willard's teachings than Gary Black. . . . The hopeful vision of life in God's realm expertly summarized in this book has the potential to revolutionize the church and our world if only we summon the courage to make it our way of practice.''
Mark Scandrette, author of Practicing the Way of Jesus
''Gary Black writes a comprehensive and penetrating survey of the thought and context of one of American evangelicalism's most influential reformers. The resulting analysis The Theology of Dallas Willard is worth studying and then studying some more, because Dallas Willard is that important to the future of the church in North America.''
David Fitch, author of Prodigal Christianity
''Black has given us a window into Willard's thoughts, showing his deep and systematic approach to living life as a disciple of Jesus. This is an excellent read for understanding the depth and beauty of a contemporary theological giant. I highly recommend it!''
Keith J. Matthews, coeditor of Dictionary of Everyday Theology and Culture
''The present volume is a masterful and accessible presentation of Willardian theology, which is, at its heart, an invitation to step into a real, present, holistic, experiential, and incarnational form of Christian faith. This is an important book.''
Gary W. Moon, author of Apprenticeship with Jesus
''Quite possibly some of the theologically richest, deepest, and most well-formed thoughts for God's church are in these pages. Excavating below leadership tactics and spiritual formation approaches lays this breathtaking vision of God. Read slowly, savor, and ponder. Let it simultaneously affect your heart and your mind. It is a distant light leading us home.''
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Top Customer Reviews
The book could have used a thoughtful editor easing the transition from dissertation to general publication, but for students of either Willard or the evangelicalism of the last century, it's worth a good read. I know I'll be referring back to it over the next years.
Yet, the book does provide insight into Willard's belief system that is perhaps not as clearly laid out or put in context by Willard's own writings. So I would recommend it for those who, like myself, feel drawn to Willard's uncanny understanding of the nature of the Kingdom of God, and his perscriptions for living within it. This understanding I believe is a unique gift which fortunately, Willard elected to share wtih us. Understanding the framework within which Willard understood these teachings of Christ is itself a gift.
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Accurate, thoroughly researched articulate but not written for the average reader. Author says editor asked him to make it more accessible, didn't make it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jim Dupree
My favorite Christian Author! My apologies to any other authors whose feelings I just hurtPublished 17 months ago by Joel Jager
There are many things I could say in critique of this book by Gary Black. However, out of professional courtesy, I will make this short and sweet....
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I have appreciated the historical perspectives which has helped to explain the basis of what and how I have arrived at my own "system of belief". Read morePublished 19 months ago by PRN
Gary Black has done the world a great service with his masterful analysis of Willard's theology. A book for all those have been impacted by Dallas' writingPublished 23 months ago by Mark Mixter
Having read the book and retread the reviews, I am astounded that anyone would recommend this book other than to those trained in philosophy. Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by Robert L. Hiett
This book is an adaptation of Gary Black's doctoral dissertation. Some of the scholarly language used could be daunting to some, but continue to push through and you will find much... Read morePublished on July 16, 2014 by Christopher Key
It is an excellent of the theology of Dallas Willard. Black puts into this book the major ideas of Willard in all his books. Excellent material.Published on July 7, 2014 by H. Everett Anthony