The Spirit of the Disciplines is for everyone who strives to be a disciple of Jesus in thought and action as well as intention....
Being close to God means communicating with Him-telling Him what is on our hearts in prayer and hearing and understanding what he is saying to us....
We aren't born again to stay the way we are. But how many times have we looked around us in dismay at the lack of spiritual maturity in fellow believers....
From Dallas Willard, one of the most important Christian intellectuals of the 20th century, comes a collection of readings, interviews, talks, and articles....
In an era in which many Christians consider Jesus a beloved but remote savior, Willard argues compellingly for the relevance of God to every aspect of our existence....
When Christians share their faith, they often appeal to reason, logic, and the truth of doctrine. But these tactics often are not effective....
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....
When is the last time you thought about the state of your soul? The health of your soul isn't just a matter of saved or unsaved. It's the hinge on which the rest of your life hangs....
At a time when popular atheism books are talking about the irrationality of believing in God, Willard makes a rigorous intellectual case for why it makes sense to believe in God and in Jesus, the Son....
Dallas Willard now fulfills his revolutionary vision of how the kingdom of God is made real on Earth in this sequel, the last book he was working on before his recent death....
Dallas Willard spent his life making eternal living concrete for his friends....
From pastor and New York Times best-selling author Timothy Keller comes a beautifully packaged, yearlong daily devotional based on the Book of Proverbs....
First published in 1992, Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home has become a classic on its eponymous subject....
Listening to The Me I Want to Be is your first step to becoming Gods best version of you....
Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, Celebration of Discipline has helped more than one million seekers discover a richer spiritual life....
This audiobook takes on one of life's most important questions: How can I get closer to God and other people? We were created for deep connections....
Jesus' impact on our world is highly unlikely, widely inescapable, largely unknown, and decidedly double-edged....
Ruth Haley Barton describes how she has discovered the real presence of God, the God who is present through the practice of solitude and silence....
Dallas Willard and John Ortberg explore what it means to live well now in light of God's kingdom. They reflect on the power of the Trinity in our lives, the meaning of knowledge, the importance of spiritual disciplines and much more. Dallas Willard offers poignant thoughts about what it will be like to transition into the very presence of Christ in heaven. This audiobook is adapted from the talks given at the February 2013 Dallas Willard Center "Knowing Christ Today" conference in Santa Barbara, California. Each chapter is followed with an illuminating dialogue between Ortberg and Willard. The audiobook closes with the theme of offering a blessing to one another. These reflections comprise an apt conclusion to Dallas Willard's public ministry. It is a gift of grace. A conversation guide written by Gary W. Moon is included.
Despite the title laden with all kinds of connotations, this is a phenomenal book. The book is really the summary of a conference put on by Willard and his friend/mentee John Ortberg. The conference was for pastors of churches and it turned out to be Dallas Willard's last work before he died.
I listened to the audio of the conference (which was at least slightly edited from the conference) and flipped through the book, reading about half of it in review. The book is also cleaned up a bit from the audio version.
1. I'm currently on a quest to discern what it is about my conservative christian roots that is so off-putting to myself and others.
2. I've always been fascinated by Dallas Willard being such an influential christian while his day job had him in the philosophy department of a major university (USC). From a couple of comments from my Aunt who recently listened to this I decided to start here, at the end of his works.
If Dallas Willard had a church, I think I may enjoy it. There are 2 really important pieces from this book that make me think I would enjoy a community with Dallas Willard leading it.
1. There is a recurring idea letting go of control in almost every aspect of christianity. One of the most gripping examples is when he speaks of himself as a young pastor: "I thought the way to move someone was to make them feel, not provide them with knowledge." He has since learned that making someone feel is manipulative, and providing someone with knowledge is empowering. If there is any single piece keeping people out of conservative christianity, it is probably this one. He states the problem and applications in a few different ways throughout the book and states it well. Do your best and let go.
2. Willard (and Ortberg) puts a lot of emphasis on life now rather than life after death. "Your kingdom come... on earth as it is in heaven" so we are not leaving to go to heaven, heaven is coming to earth. I think between Dallas Willard and NT Wright's influence the conservative christian church is doing a lot better job of this.
John Ortberg was a big part of this conference. It seems pretty obvious his goal was to make Dallas Willard accessible and applicable to the pastors in the audience. I think he splits his time accomplishing that goal and also pulling the listeners back towards an organizational, application-at-all-costs misunderstanding of what Willard is saying. Careful not to treat people like machines rather than people/friends Ortberg! Suffice it to say I skipped through a good portion of his talks. At one point Ortberg makes a joke while interviewing Willard that was clearly not the time for a joke, but Ortberg missed the depth of what Willard was saying. I think it was cleaned up in the book, but you will probably notice it if you listen to the audio.
Not too long of a book/audio, highly recommended for anyone interested in a "sense of pervasive well-being" (willard's definition of joy) or anyone wanting to better communicate the message of Christianity.
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Much of what is in this audio book was not new to me because I've studied the Bible for many years. However, what I did find wonderful is the refreshing honesty of the characters. I have a new outlook on living out my faith that was seemingly right in front of me all this time... I even stopped to post many ideas from the author on FB in attempt to bless someone with the wisdom.
thank you and i will be buying all Dallas Willard's books...
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I'M IN LOVE WITH A "DEAD" MAN...Dallas Willard!
This is a MUST read for all Christ followers...ESPECIALLY LEADERS!
I suggest the Audible version...play it over & over while you're driving. It will Transform your life and give you Clarity & Direction for the Ministry!
TRUST ME, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!
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Where does Living in Christ's Presence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
in top five of spiritual books i have listened to
Who was your favorite character and why?
the interaction between Willard and Ortberg was really vibrant and sincere. they complement each other in many ways, and were good friends too, smart and learned, sincere and honest about themselves and Christianity today. i loved the audio and didn't want it to end!
What about Dallas Willard’s performance did you like?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
highly recommended for Christians who seek depth and challenge - not the easy way out, but The Way of Christ, which is joyous
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lovely true follower of Christ nearing end of life, almost going to meet his savior. you can hear it in his voice
Excellent practical information on living in God's Kingdom. Conference format. Interesting insights from Dallas Willard.
This book is full of deep profound statements and truths of Jesus , spoken by Dallas in the way only he seems to be able to say it. Obviously a very intelligent but humble man.
It was not too difficult to understand but reaches so deep in my shallowness that I need to jot down the statements and soak in the meaning of it. Something happens to your brain and soul when you are hearing things your mind and heart hasn't truly received properly before.
I would say this is worth listening to again and again and write the profound things down in a journal.
This audio is an actual recording session of which Dallas was speaking at. As well as John Oterberg, a co-author he discipled and mentored.
Every topic was fully covered and the complex ideas were easy to understand. I really enjoyed the format and that both authors spoke and answered questions Dallas Willard has an amazing way of intriguing the listener.
Dallas and John have so effectively put into words and language truths that the Lord has been showing me but I didn't have language for. So blessed and so excited to have discovered this awesome godly man. Will be reading many more of his writings and listening to anything of his that I can get my hands on. It all results in me being even more amazed at my Heavenly Papa.
If you could sum up Living in Christ's Presence in three words, what would they be?
Who was your favorite character and why?
Dallas Willard was/is an amazing man whom God poured out His grace upon. He will often say the unexpected and then explain the profundity of it. He undresses the religiosity of the Gospel.
What does Dallas Willard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
You can hear how authentic (and funny) Dallas is. I think this was one of the last, if not the last recording before He went home to see Jesus. John Ortberg does a great job interviewing and asking helpful, clarifying questions.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Too many to count.
Any additional comments?
If you are a Jesus-follower this book will be wonderfully refreshing. If you are not, then Dallas is a wonderful example of a genuine Christ-follower, which many people have never experienced before
Willard was a great sage and prophet. This audiobook bristles with hope and life in God's kingdom. Some moments are especially poignant - for instance when he quotes from Newman's hymn, Kindly Light, as he contemplates his own imminent death. Willard knew he was dying of cancer when this audiobook was recorded. What a great man he was. Well done, good and faithful servant....
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This was made not long before Willard died, and so much of his discussion, about entering into hope and the Presence, has an extra poignancy. But the best talks are actually those by Ortberg : he takes the depth of Willard, and makes it so approachable. A fabulous conference that I feel truly blessed to have shared in, via this recording.