The Spirit of the Disciplines - Reissue: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas WillardThe Spirit of the Disciplines - Reissue: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard

The Spirit of the Disciplines - Reissue: Understanding How God Changes Lives

byDallas Willard

Paperback | May 5, 1999

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How to Live as Jesus Lived

Dallas Willard, one of today's most brilliant Christian thinkers and author of The Divine Conspiracy (Christianity Today's 1999 Book of the Year), presents a way of living that enables ordinary men and women to enjoy the fruit of the Christian life. He reveals how the key to self-transformation resides in the practice of the spiritual disciplines, and how their practice affirms human life to the fullest. The Spirit of the Disciplines is for everyone who strives to be a disciple of Jesus in thought and action as well as intention.

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How to Live as Jesus LivedDallas Willard, one of today's most brilliant Christian thinkers and author of The Divine Conspiracy (Christianity Today's 1999 Book of the Year), presents a way of living that enables ordinary men and women to enjoy the fruit of the Christian life. He reveals how the key to self-transformation resides in the ...

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Title:The Spirit of the Disciplines - Reissue: Understanding How God Changes LivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.7 inPublished:May 5, 1999Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060694424

ISBN - 13:9780060694425

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This will make you think! Willard makes a compelling argument from beginning to end that engaging in the spiritual disciplines is key to being a true follower of Jesus. "Thus it is necessary to say that conversion, as understood in Christian circles, is not the same thing as the required transformation of the self. The fact that a long course of experience is needed for the transformation is not set aside when we are touched by the new life from above." We have a responsibility to engage and grow and wrestle with how to become Christ-like after salvation occurs. He splits the disciplines into two categories: Disciplines of Abstinence: solitude, silence, fasting, frugality, chastity, secrecy, sacrifice Disciplines of Engagement: study, worship, celebration, service, prayer, fellowship, confession, submission I made bookmarks with the disciplines listed on them to share with friends and have had many interesting conversations on which disciplines we are more drawn to as individuals, what practical examples of engaging in the disciplines mean, what our experiences have been etc. I know my friends better now. When I consider the places in my life where I have engaged in spiritual disciplines, I have observed this pattern. Discipline leads to revelation (new insight into my faith, into how to behave differently, into the character of God, into my identity etc) and revelation leads to overflow. Overflow is a natural outpouring of joy, kindness, love etc. And overflow in turn makes the spiritual disciplines easier to continue engaging in and makes them more attractive, while making things of the world less attractive. Willard packs a lot of thought into every single sentence and I found it helpful to flag important sentences as I read them, then went back to type them out and bold the items that I felt really summarized the purpose of each chapter. So take your time reading this and really digest it! But don't just ponder the disciplines, be intentional about including them in your life. Thank you Mr. Willard for this book. It has been one of the best books I've ever read and I see why your name shows up over and over again in Top 5 book lists for influential Christians.
Date published: 2016-02-27

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A strong call to biblical obedience and discipline, this book presents a fresh look at the eternal--and comtemporary--relevance of the Scriptures. --Ted E. Engstrom, president emeritus, World Vision

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"A fresh examination of the nature of life and discipline . . . exciting and instructive." (The Disciple)