Dallas Willard was a professor at the University of Southern California's School of Philosophy until his death in 2013. His groundbreaking books The Divine Conspiracy, The Great Omission, Knowing Christ Today, Hearing God, The Spirit of the Disciplines, Renovation of the Heart, and The Divine Conspiracy Continued forever changed the way thousands of Christians experience their faith.
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.
"This book belongs in the tradition of the great devotional
classics . . . The comprehensiveness of his study, its
accessibility, its fervor, its freshness of phrasing, and its
command of Scripture should prompt Christians to give this book
serious attention."--Christian Century
"I consider The Divine Conspiracy to be the most important book in the field of Christian spirituality written in my lifetime."--Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline
"A Christian classic that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with Augustine's Confessions and Brother Lawrence's Practicing the Presence of God."--JP Moreland, author of Love Your God with All Your Mind
"Passionate insights . . . thoroughly argued."--Library Journal
"The Divine Conspiracy shaped an entire generation."--Scot McKnight, author of The Blue Parakeet