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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.

Topics: Spirituality , Christianity, Jesus, The Bible, Inspirational, Essays, and Disciples

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 6, 2009
ISBN: 9780061974908
List price: $11.88
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I enjoyed this book, and some of my favorites quotes include:
"Christianity has not so much been tried and found wanting, as it has been found difficult and left untried." G. K. Chesterton

"to think that following Jesus consists of loving our enemies...while living the rest of our lives just as everyone around us" DallasWillard

"'teaching them to do all things whatsoever I have commanded you' the Great Omission from the Great Commission" Dallas Willardread more
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I need to give this book a second shot. I gave up half way through last time and I'm not sure if it's because I'm a bad Christian or if it was just bad timing. I just found it dry and uninspiring. Maybe I was just expecting something else.read more
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Excellent for in-depth discussion. Not "easy reading" but meaningful and foundational to serious study of spiritual disciplines.read more
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I enjoyed this book, and some of my favorites quotes include:
"Christianity has not so much been tried and found wanting, as it has been found difficult and left untried." G. K. Chesterton

"to think that following Jesus consists of loving our enemies...while living the rest of our lives just as everyone around us" DallasWillard

"'teaching them to do all things whatsoever I have commanded you' the Great Omission from the Great Commission" Dallas Willard
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I need to give this book a second shot. I gave up half way through last time and I'm not sure if it's because I'm a bad Christian or if it was just bad timing. I just found it dry and uninspiring. Maybe I was just expecting something else.
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Excellent for in-depth discussion. Not "easy reading" but meaningful and foundational to serious study of spiritual disciplines.
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If Dallas wrote it you should read it. Some say Chapter 2 is worth the price of the book.
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Willard provides us with an overview of Christian discipleship, coming at it from various angles. The reason we practice spiritual disciplines is no different than the reason an athlete trains and practices. We use disciplines to train ourselves so that our connection with God is established and maintained and so that living in the way of Christ comes naturally (automatically?) as we go about our lives.Willard's view of discipleship is wise in that he emphasizes the need to address the whole person -- mind, body and spirit -- in the path of discipleship. He avoids the tendencies of some to reduce Christian discipleship to mere training of the mind. This has been a tendency of mine anyhow and I found his more broad emphasis to be helpful.There is a discussion regarding various specific disciplines. They are divided up between disciplines of abstinence and disciplines of engagement. Each gets a brief description with recommendations regarding their use.Willard is known for his sometimes dry writing style and it certainly comes through in this work. I say this because the chapter titled "Is Poverty Spiritual?" near the end of the book is easily worth the price of the book on it's own. If you find yourself getting bogged down in the middle of the book, skip ahead to this chapter.Overall this is a helpful work for those looking for an overview of spiritual disciplines and how they are helpful and even necessary in the maintenance and growth of Christian faith and discipleship.
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This is a good introductio to Christian Spiritual disciplines; amazingly alliterated and all beginning with "D"!
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