Renovation of the heart: Putting on the Character of Christ Paperback – 15 Nov 2002
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Putting on the character of Christ
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BACK: Take on the character of Christ through the transformation of your spirit. 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? It is evident in the rising rate of divorces among Christian couples. We find it in the high percentages of Christians, even pastors, who regularly view pornography. And we face it each time a well-known leader in the Christian community is found in sexual sin or handling finances dishonestly. Perhaps you have struggled with your own character issues for years, even decades, to little avail. There's good news. You can experience significant growth in your Christian walk, shed sinful habits, and increasingly take on the character of Christ. In Renovation of the Heart, best-selling author Dallas Willard calls it "the transformation of the spirit"--a divine process that "brings every element in our being, working from inside out, into harmony with the will of God or the kingdom of God." In the transformation of our spirits, we become apprentices of Jesus Christ. Willard suggests that many Christians today are crying out, "Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart." If that is your heart's cry, this book is the tool to take you to the next level in your quest for true, inward Christlikeness. FRONT FLAP: A high school student raised in a Christian home who turns to drugs and alcohol. A woman who has tried to stop criticizing others--for ten years. A father who knows he needs more patience with his children, but his efforts seem in vain. What do these people have in common? They are all in desperate need of further renovation of the heart, of transformation of the spirit. But just what is this transformation? Author Dallas Willard explains that its ideal end is when "all of the essential parts of the human self are effectively organized around God, as they are restored and sustained by him. Spiritual transformation in Christ is the process leading to that ideal end, and its result is love of God with all of the heart, soul, mind, and strength, and of the neighbor as oneself." Although you may acknowledge this as the ideal, you may still wonder, How do I get there? Renovation of the Heart helps to answer that inquiry. It lays a foundation for understanding the ruin and restoration of humanity, by discussing human nature and its components, how they operate, and how they are renewed. It describes common misunderstandings about our human nature, and the discipleship process. Most important, it outlines the general pattern of personal transformation--not as a formula, but as a systematic process that we have the responsibility to undertake as intentional apprentices of Jesus. Only then will our transformation be accomplished, through interaction with the grace of God in Christ, the presence of the Holy Spirit, and spiritual treasures stored in the body of Christ. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Following on his three previous volumes on Hearing God, the Spiritual Disciples and the wonderful exposition of the sermon on the mount in the Divine Conspiracy, he has turned his attention with great eloquence to to the heart of the matter, 'renovation'
Sensuality through the body is all that is left under our kingdom, if we are not living under the great drama of goodness in God’s kingdom
The book is all about a revolution of character; which proceeds by changing people from the inside through ongoing personal relationship to God in Christ and to one another. It is not an impossible dream or ideal to be gazed at with wonder but an actual practical and realistic way of living.
It is suggested that, all ideas, beliefs, feelings, and habits of choice, as well as their bodily tendencies and social relations, are capable fo transformation.
Dallas Willard sees transformation of the heart as a life long project to be lived minute by minute every day. He argues that it should not surprise that many people fail to hold fast to their Christian calling today. Many are under the impression they are to the seek to do what Jesus would do in the moment of a particualr decision or situation. This is doomed to failure are transformation is a mater of the whole of our lives, not just from crisis to crisis.
He posits that a much more helpful question would be to ask
" How would Jesus live my life if he were me today?"
I believe this book will mightily repay careful study, if read slowly and making use of the helpful questions with which each chapter ends,
The languages is sometimes quaint and perhaps a little verbose, but the heart and sprit of the author shine through every page.
I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I suggest obtain the NavPress edition. The paperback edition in U.K. appears to have omitted chapter 13 on Spiritual Formation in the Local Congregation.
This book is about putting on the character of Christ. It touches on some of the most vital areas for spiritual growth such as transforming our thought life, emotions and our will.
Written by a scholar and dedicated Christian he brings insight and scholarly light into a crucial area of the Christian life. It is a very easy read avoiding all technical jargon. Every Christian practitioner and preacher should read this book.
I take just one quote from the book to give you a flavour of what to expect.
"Our feelings are not directly under the control of our will, but they can be directed by our thoughts".
Dallas Willard does not just quote facts and sound bites at you but rather he takes the effort to explain them.
Highly recommended read.
This book is exceptional. For anyone who wants to grow as a disciple and become more like Jesus rather than remain a convert only, this book is one to savour and re-read, there's so much spiritual common-sense in it.
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