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Dallas Willard
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Jan. 25 2007

In The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard gracefully weaves biblical teaching, popular culture, science, scholarship, and spiritual practice into a tour de force that shows the necessity of profound changes in how we view our lives and faith.

In an era when many Christians consider Jesus a beloved but remote savior, Willard argues compellingly for the relevance of God to every aspect of our existence. Masterfully capturing the central insights of Christ's teachings in a fresh way for today's seekers, he helps us to explore a revolutionary way to experience God—by knowing Him as an essential part of the here and now.

Willard explores the true nature of the teachings of Jesus, who intended that His followers become His disciples, and taught that we have access now to the life we are only too eager to relegate to the hereafter. The author calls us into a more authentic faith and offers a practical plan by which we can become Christ-like. He challenges us to step aside from the politics and pieties of contemporary Christian practice and inspires us to embrace the true meaning of Christian discipleship.

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Dallas Willard, an acclaimed theologian and professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California, fulfills the longing of many Christians who want to live as true disciples of Christ rather than distant dabblers. Likewise, he scoffs at consumer Christians who are simply banking on admittance to heaven as their payoff for attending church. Or worse still, those who use Christianity to advance their political agendas rather than their spiritual ones. But this is not a scolding book. Rather, Willard devotes his efforts to discussing specific and inspiring ways to develop a discipleship to Jesus--not as an act of sacrifice or even one of spiritual luxury--instead, as everyday people committed to the teachings of Christ. "The really good news for Christians is that Jesus is now taking students in the master class of life," writes Willard. "So the message of and about him is specifically a gospel for our life now, not just for dying. It is about living now as his apprentices in kingdom living, not just as consumers of his merits." --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Willard (philosophy, Univ. of Southern California) considers popular Christian belief to be missing out on the essence and origin of its true meaning. Since "consumer Christianity" mistakes the logo for the logos, today's brand-name Christians have jumped on a bandwagon that has run off without its true leader. The imitation of Christ has lost its central importance in Christianity, according to Willard. He examines reasons why this is so and sets out a detailed plan for reawakening such commitment, which requires a genuine willingness to die to self in contrast with mere consumption of Jesus' merits as an insurance against death. Willard's passionate insights are thoroughly argued, though not all may agree with his curriculum for changing people's beliefs. Most suitable for pastoral collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure christian faith and understanding of it Feb. 24 2014
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Why has christianity, liberal AND evangelical, has lost it's christ? This reading, although dating back to a few decades, reminds Christians of their true Christ and invites non christians to consider him outside of rat-race religion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Calls religious dogma to account Oct. 27 2013
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I may differ in some of my views from Mr Willard. but he puts paid to many traditional beliefs about God and what He is doing. We can all stand to be shaken out of our complacency.
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I had heard the name of this book dropped here and there, always seemingly with some special excitement that stuck in my mind. So when I saw it in the store I decided for some reason I needed it. Just one of those things where the Spirit leads and you don't know what's happened until later.
Dallas Willard's grasp of the Christian life as exposited by Christ himself, particularly in the Sermon on the Mount, is absolutely compelling. Willard mildly castigates both the theological Right and Left for, respectively, emphasizing saving faith alone in the Christian life as though how we live our lives on earth doesn't really make a difference, and preaching a 'social gospel' bereft of the spiritual or eternal significance that gives it its meaning or moral impetus. He then goes on to put forward a very vivid picture, using a wonderfully consistent and contextual view of Jesus' teachings, of what God intends for our lives here on earth. The author's treatment of the subject seems entirely original and unfettered by the various passing trends of thought that seem to color so many Christian books, and as such also sounds almost radical. But read it for what it is, and you'll find it to be as clear and natural an interpretation of Kingdom living as you'll ever hear.
I can hardly imagine a more welcome book for my own spiritual life, and expect it may be so for others too. I would put this book on a par with C.S. Lewis; perhaps even higher since Dallas Willard has crafted a work of not only intellect, but great applicability. This book seems like a life's work, and if so, then I'd have to say it certainly seems to have been worth it. It can be difficult, out of the deluge of Christian books out there, to pick one out as absolutely essential, but as far as I'm concerned this would definitely be such a one, and I ardently hope others find it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely deserved 5 stars March 9 2000
Of all the books (with the exception of the Bible) I have read in the past two and a half years on the topics of Christianity, discipleship, and renewal this book-The Divine Conspiracy is the absolute best. Dallas Willard has clearly been gifted by God as both an author and teacher. He exhibits these gifts in this wonderful book. One cannot read this book and not be challenged. Discipleship is not for just the few. It is a demand on every Christian. We are not following the call of Christ if we do not heed the call to discipleship. Mr. Willard seeks (quite effectively) to lead us in this path. I beseech you ... wherever you are spiritually, get this book and then read it.
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Dallas Willard gets you beyond mere conceptual Christianity. He shows you how to become a true follower and lover of Jesus, God in flesh, the most brilliant person to ever walk the face of the earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Insightful Jan. 28 2000
By Ron
Dr. Willard's work is stimulating for those who are willing tothink about their faith. His chapter on "The Gospel of SinManagement" is right on target. His discussion of the Sermon onthe Mount is different from anything I had considered before, but I could not agree with him more. Possibly those who claim his interpretation is incorrect have difficulty in letting go of their traditional and safe interpretations.
"The Divine Conspiracy" is not the easiest read. It is pretty deep. For the person who does not want to work through his insight, an easier read would be "The Life You've Always Wanted," or easier still, "Just Like Jesus.". END
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 20 2014
By Lenny
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delivered on time with good quality. We use it in our bible study group.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book was recommended to me. If it was not, I probably wouldn't have made it through - for two reasons:
First, the beginning chapters deal with topics that I believe have been covered better by others. Secondly, the theology on the Beatitudes (Blessed is the...etc.) is inaccurate. His interpretation just doesn't fit the text. He is a philosopher, not a theologian, and it shows.
However, as the book progresses, it really improves. His emphasis on discipleship is right on. If you can get through the first half of the book, you will be rewarded. There are some great insights and challenges. It will make you really think about the life you are living and whether it really fits within God's will for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great insights overall although uneven in places
Willard is a great Christian thinker, and he shows why in this volume of incredible breadth and depth. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2010 by Rodge
5.0 out of 5 stars Goes deep...but gives the credit to whom it belongs....
Be prepared to search your soul...the journey is well worth the effort. If you savor this book and read for "understanding" of not only the words but of how they apply to... Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Gaylen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God
Deep waters so get out your waders and put on your thinking cap -- this is NOT trivial reading. But if you're serious about understanding the Christian life, the Divine... Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by Larry Cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly the Best Book I Have Ever Read
My mother bought this book for me about a year ago when she attended a teacher's conference in California. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by "thegreatandmightysquirrel"
5.0 out of 5 stars Venture on 'the kingdom of the heavens'.
Dallas Willard is rightly seen as one of the finest theologians of our day. Philosopher (USC) and philologist, he is a sagacious student and teacher of Christ's invitation to... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Wesley L. Janssen
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Truths in an Easy to Read Format
I like Dallas Willard. He couples philosophy with theology and offers a Christian voice of amazing depth to our sometimes shallow world. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read
...for points to consider; whether you're Christian or not.
Published on Feb. 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserving of all praise
This is a vastly rewarding book. I have already started re-reading the last two chapters where Willard gives the best advice I've ever come across on how we are to "live in... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by Jim Hale
4.0 out of 5 stars quite good
Why does it take the most brilliant theologians to point out the simplest truths?
Willard's main point is that if we really believe Jesus is God, why don't we believe he's... Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2003 by William Krischke
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