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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balanced Philosophy of Faith,
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This review is from: The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives (Paperback)Though I have never met either man, Dallas Willard and AW Tozer are my spiritual role models. Both men have an acute grasp of the philosphical and practical implications of true heart beliefs for walking with Jesus Christ. Whereas Tozer models classic prophet gifting through a blunt, sometimes abrasive, proclamation of truth, Willard tempers his gift with an unusual balance.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for seeking the disciplines of Jesus,
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This review is from: The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives (Paperback)The only place I have ever seen where all the disciplines practiced by Jesus are listed in one work. Hope to be able to put into practice what I read. Would like to hear how others have faired in their applications. God Bless You, Mike.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you read only 1 more book before you die, buy this book!,
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This review is from: The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives (Paperback)Dallas Willard is not only one of the most important writers and thinkers of our time, he is also a professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California. Back in the early 90s, one would find his desk in the center of a sprawling maze of lumbering bookshelves packed with all the books that we should have read, but didn't. The student would approach him with great fear (their own fears of intellectual inadequacy large in their mind) only to be greeted with the warmth of a man who really cares about human beings. Indeed, distinguished professors from all over have a high regard for the man and the power of his intellect.
Though it is certain that his intellect is powerful, these colleagues often don't know that his intellectual genius is complemented by spiritual genius. Dallas is an uncommon man who has exercised and increased the rich and abundant gifts that God has given him. He is no mere mortal. Were he a Roman Catholic, I would anticipate his cannonization as a saint!
If you agree that Chesterton and C.S. Lewis were forceful and entertaining apologists of Christianity; you will find Professor Willard is the superior. Not only is he profoundly wise, his wisdom is agile, and he communicates it with ease. "The Spirit of the Disciplines" explains the most important things in readable, plain english.
If you are well read (you have Aristotle, Aquinas, and Augustine under your belt) or you are a security guard working the late shift in a Westwood office building, this book is for you. If you just want the scoop on Christianity or wonder how to live a Christian life, get this book right now!
This is the rare book that you will want to will to someone because it will serve them far better than mere money ever could. It is priceless. If you are lost, you will be found. If you are blind, you will see... if you read and reread (many times over) "The Spirit of the Disciplines."
-Stan Faryna, Black and Right (Praeger Trade, 1997).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will change your life.,
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This review is from: The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives (Paperback)It redefines, or should I say returns to the proper definition of living abundantly through Christ.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Theory a bit dry, but practical material is life-changing,
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This review is from: The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives (Paperback)I came to this book after being blown away by the brilliance of "The Divine Conspiracy" by the same author. I hoped it would provide some more practical guidance on the spiritual disciplines as a key tool for Christian discipleship.
The first chapter offers a teaser. True followers of Christ want to be like him - want to react the way he reacts to situations and want to demonstrate his quality of goodness. "The secret described within these pages has been placed within your reach" says the author. I read eagerly on, but found the first half of the book disappointingly dry.
The author makes a strong and detailed theological and psychological case to explain how and why the spiritual discplines, which are essentially physical practices, are effective in spiritual development. To be honest I was prepared to take the author's word for this. Other like-minded readers could skip a few chapters to where the author switches from theory to practice. From that point onwards I found the book rich, inspiring and practical. The main spiritual disciplines are explained concisely but with enough information for the reader to start the journey of putting them into practice. The author's treatment is complementary to that of Richard Foster in Celebration of Discipline.
The final two chapters of the book address two very important subjects. Firstly, is poverty to be treated as a spiritual discipline - are there spiritual benefits in deliberately giving away our wealth to embrace poverty? The author's strongly argued position might surprise you! Secondly there is an empassioned treatise on the role spiritual disciplines could play in addressing the negative power structures and tendancy to violence of society today, if sufficient numbers of Christians, distributed throughout society, took the disciplines seriously and became increasingly Christlike. It is an exciting, if radical, vision. Dare we believe it to be possible? This book renewed my belief in the transforming work of God's Kingdom - not just in the future age - but right now.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Awakening,
This review is from: The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives (Paperback)Having recently been ordained and commissioned as a Salvation Army officer, I was all too familiar with Professor Willard's work and writing and indeed recently had the privelege of meeting him. The Spirit of the Disciplines is a truly exceptional work and invaluable to the life and study of any Christian wishing to be a true disciple of Christ, for non -Christians I believe the work to be equally important not only as an aid to helping them decide whether Christianity is for them but also as an instructive manual of how to understand the human condition in more depth and how to take steps to creating a society that is better to live in. I am looking forward to receiving the second book in the series having already purchased the third "The Divine Conspiracy" some time ago.
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD,
This review is from: The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives (Paperback)An excellent publication which I bought on the recommendation of a course tutor. Deals with those difficult issues of personal spirituality very well and is thought provoking.
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The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard (Paperback - 18 April 1991)