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The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus Essential Teachings on Discipleship

By Dallas Willard (Author) & Grover Gardner (Read by)
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The last command Jesus gave the church before he ascended to heaven was the Great Commission, the call for Christians to "make disciples of all the nations." But Christians have responded by making "Christians," not "disciples."

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The last command Jesus gave the church before he ascended to heaven was the Great Commission, the call for Christians to "make disciples of all the nations. "But Christians have responded by making "Christians," not "disciples." This, according to brilliant scholar and renowned Christian thinker Dallas Willard, has been the church's Great Omission.

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The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus Essential Teachings on Discipleship by Dallas Willard & Grover Gardner has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Audies - 2008 Finalist - Inspirational/Spiritual category

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The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus Essential Teachings on Discipleship by Dallas Willard & Grover Gardner has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Audio File - 04/01/2009 page 13

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Studio: Hovel Audio
Running Time: 450.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.12" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Hovel Audio
Edition  Unabridged  
ISBN  1596444940  
ISBN13  9781596444942  

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More About Dallas Willard & Grover Gardner

Dallas Willard Dallas Albert Willard was born in Buffalo, Missouri, USA, September 4, 1935. He married Jane Lakes of Macon, Georgia, in 1955. They live in Southern California, where Jane is a Marriage and Family Therapist. They have two children, John and Becky (married to Bill Heatley), and a granddaughter, Larissa

DALLAS WILLARD is a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has taught at USC since 1965, where he was Director of the School of Philosophy from 1982-1985. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, 1960-1965), and has held visiting appointments at UCLA (1969) and the University of Colorado (1984).

His undergraduate studies were at William Jewell College, Tennessee Temple College (B.A., 1956, Psychology) and Baylor University (B.A., 1957, Philosophy and Religion); and his Graduate education was at Baylor University and the University of Wisconsin (Ph. D., 1964: Major in Philosophy, Minor in the History of Science).

His philosophical publications are mainly in the areas of epistemology, the philosophy of mind and of logic, and on the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, including extensive translations of Husserl's early writings from German into English. His English translation and edition of Edmund Husserl's Philosophy of Arithmetic was released in September, 2003. His Logic and the Objectivity of Knowledge, a study of Husserl's early philosophy, appeared in 1984, and his Early Writings in the Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics (1993) makes available to the English reader nearly all of the shorter philosophical works that Husserl produced on the way to the phenomenological breakthrough recorded in his Logical Investigations of 1900-1901.

He also lectures and publishes in religion. His most recent book, Knowing Christ Today, was published in May 2009. The Great Omission, which was published in 2006, received a Christianity Today annual Book Award in the Christian Living category in 2007. Renovation of the Heart was published in May 2002, and received Christianity Today's 2003 Book Award in the category of Spirituality. The Divine Conspiracy was released in 1998 and selected Christianity Today's "Book of the Year" for 1999. The Spirit of the Disciplines appeared in 1988, and Hearing God (1999) first appeared as In Search of Guidance in 1984 (2nd edition in 1993).

Dallas Willard lived in Chatsworth, in the state of California. Dallas Willard was born in 1935 and died in 2013.

Dallas Willard has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Coleccion Teologica Contemporanea: Estudios Ministeriales
  2. Renovare Resources
  3. Th1nk LifeChange
  4. Through the Year Devotionals
  5. Veritas Books

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Just not enough Dallas Willard in this world!  Sep 17, 2009
I read the bookThe Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus's Essential Teachings on Discipleshipa couple of years ago - as usual I read from the Willard library out of order - but this book changed my life and reunited me with the God I knew as a little girl. So many things began to make sense. I bought the audio version for a long car ride and even though the reader has an "edgy" voice, the Truth comes rushing out through your speakers. Just in case you're new to God's great blessing, here are some more Dallas Willard books...The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In GodThe Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes LivesRenovation of the Heart: Putting On the Character of ChristHearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship With GodKnowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge Find the God you always knew loved you!
Discipleship: Just Do It  Dec 9, 2008
Book Title: The Great Omission
Author: Dallas Willard
New York, HarperCollins, 2006
Number of pages: 229

We are so concerned that Jesus be known as the Savior that we forget that He is the Greatest Teacher. Unfortunately, liberal scholars who are quick to deny that Jesus is God concede that He was a great teacher. Believers in Biblical fundamentals over the past 100 hundred years have distanced themselves from liberal scholarship, as they should, but have also distanced themselves from Jesus the Teacher only making Him known as God. But He is the Teacher who will teach us how to live this life and provide a way for the Kingdom of God to invade the earth.

One of Willard's main points is that grace is opposed to earning, not effort.

"We find it hard to see that grace is not opposed effort, but it is opposed to earning. Earning and effort are not the same thing. Earning is an attitude, and grace is definitely opposed to that. But it is not opposed to effort. When you see a person who is caught on fire by grace, you are apt to see some of the most astonishing efforts you can imagine."

Willard makes a compelling argument for the value and necessity of disciple making in church rather than church centric member molding and holding.

This book is intended for church leaders and influencers. The last thing Jesus told His followers to do is to make disciples. Willard writes that the word disciple appears 269 times in the New Testament while the word Christian only appears three. But the modern day (or post-modern, if you prefer) church focuses on making Christians rather than disciples.

A disciple is not a Christian version 2.0; it's not a Christian with upgrades. Disciples are all we read about in the Acts and the Epistles. Not merely converts postponing living in the presence of Christ until the life here after, but students of the Greatest Teacher ever in the here and now who understand that living in the presence of Christ happens now. Doing what Christ did doesn't earn us heaven; it gets us ready for it. "Not to earn it, but to know it. And, of course, finding the Kingdom of God is living the rule and reign of God in our lives," writes Willard.

This book will be used as a text book for practical disciple making. Pick it up if you're interested in obeying the Great Commission.
A Good Title on Discipleship  Dec 2, 2007
The central point of "The Great Omission" seems to address the concern that many churches are simply content to having professions of faith in Jesus Christ instead of letting the profession of faith be the first step in the lifelong process of discipleship.

This is certainly a valid point as the churches I have been a member of consistently have an average weekly attendance of around 50% (give or take a few percentage points). Many people are simply content to believe they can get their fire insurance and can live pretty much the life they want instead of submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, many churches seem to be content to cater to this mentality instead of having stricter standards of membership. In other words, a person should know what being a Christian really means (discipleship, time involved, price we have to sometimes pay for being a true Christian, etc.).

The Great Omission contains 20 chapters and around 225 pages and addresses this issue. While each chapter had some good points, my personal favorites were:

Chapter 6 - Spiritual Formation in Christ Is for the Whole Life and the Whole Person.
Chapter 9 - Living in the Vision of God.
Chapter 12 - Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation, and the Restoration of the Soul.
Chapter 18 - Invitation to Solitude and Silence.

One consistent theme I have read in Willard's books is the great need for us to periodically disengage from the world and retreat to a place of silence and medidation with the Lord. The result is that we come back refreshed and ready to engage our world more effectively for Jesus Christ. To that I can say "AMEN"!

While "The Great Omission" is an easier read than Willard's other titles, you will still be challenged and think about what the author is saying.

Read and be encouraged. Recommended.
A Summation  Aug 29, 2007
The Great Omission is a collation and summation of many past works by Willard. In that it brings them together in one concise book, this is quite helpful. In that no new ground is covered, readers of past books by Willard may be a tad disappointed.
IT'S TIME  Aug 24, 2007
It's time for the church to make disciples and not just converts. Willard's book makes a complelling case for the church to begin doing just that. The book is a collection of previous work and it tends to repeat itself but the central message is clear. There is more to the gospel than saying a prayer and walking the aisle.

Imagine the impact on the world if Christians began acting like Christ. Willard believes that the practice of solitude and scripture memorization are key Christian disciplines that will yield more Christ-like Christians. Both are attainable to the average Christian.

This is an important book for church leaders.

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