Renovation of the Heart: Putting On the Character of Christ
Not just Truth, but Understanding of Truth
Every Christian, pastor, leader, teacher, human interested in Jesus and following him should read this book. It should be standard reading in The Church, seminaries, etc.
I don't know if it's just the stage of seeking that I personally am in right now, but anything I read or listen to by Dallas Willard is packed full of "Oh!" or "Yes!" or "Wow." Definitely a lot to chew on. I was born and raised in the Christian religion, even spent a semester in seminary, so I am relatively knowledgable of biblical and theological truth. So while Willard does bring a lot of new truth to me, much of it I kinda knew but never really understood. "Renovation of the Heart" has given me a vision of what it means to follow Jesus with all my heart, mind, strength etc. His understandings and guidance are relevant and practical; he is not one to give "steps" that will produce the same "results"--God doesn't, so why should Dallas Willard? But Willard combines his insight into history, philosophy through the ages, the human condition, cultural issues today, and most of all his long apprenticeship with Jesus to share with us what this Christian (Christlike) thing is supposed to be like. And he inspires me to trust Jesus (really!) along the way for the means.
I would recommend studying more of Willard's books, as well as exploring the articles and audio resources at his website.
April 17, 2012
An excellent book; I don't yet like e-book format.
The author does a fine job of outlining how to grow in Christ and become a fully-functioning disciple of Jesus.
His logic is excellent, his progression through the book understandable, and he displays a sensible, caring approach to people.
December 7, 2011
This book is packed full of powerful information. Reads a lot like a text book, but if you can get past that it is worth buying.
August 21, 2008
"Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ" is a book that should excite the desire of every believer to realize in his own life the exquisite potential for the good God has in all of us. Having read Christian holiness literature, I come back to the truths which Willard touches on with a sense of reality that strikes me as good and great in God's order of things. In the past, tempted to believe a perfectionist paradigm of what Christian perfection or virtue is, there is a sense of it as being all too perfect and unattainable to be real. Willard brings it all into focus with great clarity and meaning by introducing the simple acrostic VIM: Vision, Intention and Means.
August 10, 2007