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Overview A bestselling author addresses a critical question for today: Why are so many Christians not growing closer to Christlikeness and still struggling with sinful strongholds? "Renovation of the Heart" establishes a foundational understanding of human nature and the process of bringing about change.
Publishers Description Renovation of the Heart explains the common misunderstandings about human nature and the discipleship process by outlining the general pattern of personal spiritual transformation--not as a formula, but as a systematic process. This bestseller by Dallas Willard explains that as intentional apprentices of Jesus, we are to move deeper into a relationship with God while becoming more like Jesus. In his unique, winning way, Dallas Willard will guide you in discovering your true identity while exploring spiritual growth in a new way. Includes discussion questions.
From Publishers Weekly Willard (The Divine Conspiracy), a professor of philosophy at the University
of Southern California who is also a Southern Baptist minister, here tackles
the central Christian question of how to be more like Christ. He claims that
the church's failures throughout history are a result of Christians' reading
biblical passages that adjure them to Christ-like perfection and then trying
to reach that perfection by behaving more perfectly. Instead, he argues that
believers should allow God to transform them internally so that their actions,
though never quite perfect, will at least be more aligned with God. Willard
delineates six areas of such transformation thought, feeling, will, body,
social context and soul and delineates a general process toward transforming
each. The book's chapters are divided into very short subsections, which,
especially in the first four chapters, are inchoate as Willard struggles to
explain exactly what the "heart" is and why it is important. Though trained as
a philosopher, he does not explicate philosophical discussions over, for
example, human nature, settling instead for saying that "we cannot deal with
[them] here." Such a position contributes to the book's early incoherence and
to a consistent lack of support, and, therefore, power. However, many
evangelicals will appreciate his fresh and less guilt-ridden approach to
Christian spiritual growth. The book is heavily Bible-based, provides
discussion questions and includes a chapter on spiritually transforming
congregations as well as individuals. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business
Awards and Recognitions Renovation Of The Heart by Dallas Willard has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christianity Today Book Award - 2003 Winner - Spirituality category
Citations And Professional Reviews Renovation Of The Heart by Dallas Willard has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 04/15/2002 page 60
CBA Retailers - 06/01/2002 page 109
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.96" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2002
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1576832961 ISBN13 9781576832967
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More About 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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Renovation Of The Heart?
A man who walks the talk Apr 15, 2008
Renovation of the Heart has become one of my most favorite books. I have begun to read it for a third time and each time I am getting more out of it. It is quite understandable, however it must be digested slowly since Willard makes every sentence count. I recommend the video curriculum based on Renovation of the Heart produced by LifeSprings. Willard provides short introductions to each of the thirteen chapters followed by an unrehearsed discussion of the content by John Ortberg, Larry Crabb and Dallas. The leader's manual that accompanies the video series is one of the best educational tools for the church available today.
What I appreciate most about Dallas Willard is that he writes about spiritual formation from personal life experience. He is a modern day example of someone who has fully embraced Christ's yoke and has truly learned from the Master. Willard has spent a lifetime in a profound apprenticeship with Christ. Not only has he learned much, he has also been transformed from what he has learned. Furthermore, he makes a convincing case to his readers that they too can be transformed into in Christ-likeness...in this world. Then he goes on to demonstrate how that transformation can take place, beginning with our hearts and progressively extending to our minds, feelings, bodies, social relationships and souls.
Soul Changing Apr 6, 2008
I have read many books that have helped me in my walk with God but, outside of the Bible, only this one has made me who I am. Dallas Willard presents, not only a vision for escaping our worldly selves, but also a clear path to achieve Christ-likeness. If the promises of peace and joy you read about in the Bible have eluded you, and if you have dreamed of living a well-ordered life in which the good you want to do you actually do consistently - this is the book for you. It is challenging, insightful, and biblical. But most of all it is practical. Read and apply the teachings in this book and you WILL see your life change for the better through the grace and for the glory of God.
Great book! Very deep! Apr 5, 2008
I have not yet finished the book, but of what I have read so far, I am very impressed. Willard does a great job of identifying characteristics that describe both a person away from Christ, as well as a devoted follower of Christ. By identifying these characteristics, he is then able to prescribe the appropriate action and direction that is needed for the former to become the latter. It is typical in our society to feel content wherever we are at spiritually, despite the fact that immature behavior and attitudes are present. We need to be challenged by Scripture and its proper interpretation into becoming more like Christ, not because it improves or benefits us, but because we represent Jesus and His glory in this world. I believe this book takes a great step in that direction.
Am I the only one who disagrees with Dallas Willard? Feb 8, 2008
I have a really hard time swallowing any of this book. The first chapter seems to be an attempt to interject large and cumbersome words to have you submit to Willard's "far superior mind".
Really! He spends the whole first chapter taking scripture out of context and rambling about what is sin and never actually saying it.
I went to bible college. I took bible study. I took survey of old and new testament. I read and loved C.S. Lewis. But this book is horrible! And I'm shocked that I am the only one who thinks as much!
A Transformational Book Jan 30, 2008
This book hugely impacted my life. It is more accessible than the author's "Divine Conspiracy", which is very rich but dense reading until you get to the closing chapters of the book. "Transformation of the Heart", on the other hand, gets right down to business and challenges you from the starting mark. I dare you to read this book. Then go and persevere through "Divine Conspiracy".
I cannot emphasize enough how profound and yet accessible this book is. Willard is incisive in his critique of American Christianity and what it will take to really transform hearts into Christlikeness. Truly a book of grace.