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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).
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