The Divine Conspiracy
- Narrated by: Thomas Penny
- Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-24-07
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperAudio
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By Tom Ewald on 09-07-07
Absolutely incredible book. Caused me to obtain the print copies of all 3 in this series (1. Hearing God, 2. The Spirit of the Disciplines, 3. The Divine Conspiracy) so that I could study them more closely, as well as MP3 copies of the other two. All are good; this is the best. He has since written others, BTW, which I've also obtained.
Willard is a philosophy professor, very intelligent, and a very clear writer. Unlike other Christian philosphers I've read, though, he does not soft-peddle Christianity or Christ. He actually shows how the Church in general has softened much New Testament truth. He is teaching nothing new here ("new", with regard to Christianty, is generally synonymous with "distorted"); he goes back to the Word itself, attempting to look at it with no bias, no preconceived notions except that it is true.
In my group of favorite authors, he has joined A.W.Tozer and C.S.Lewis; that is heady company indeed. I cannot recommend his (or their) works highly enough.
If you are a Richard Foster fan ("Celebration of Discipline"), you should understand that Foster considers Willard his mentor. Foster's first pastorate was at a small church that Willard attended; Willard's influence was very strong.
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By Geoffrey on 11-12-07
A Book I Hold Especially Dear
I have read and now listened to this book probably a dozen times total, with plans for more... And I read or listen to good authorship/critique all the time. It is not uncommon for me to look at the vast amount of things on my iPod, from Public Radio to Comedy to LOST episodes, and just be like, ehhh... 'Why not plug into the mother of all ideas...' that Christ is reigning right now and that might I connect into it and benefit (a la "The Divine Conspiracy"). This to say, what Dallas achieves in this book is extraordinary -- I say this having been a lifetime Christian, but not until this book having the right framework for actually following Jesus in all of his brilliance, care, and ability. If you know about Dallas Willard, you know that he has been Professor at a top mainstream university (Univ. So. California) for 30+ years. He's no cultural Christian. He has applied immense thought, careful debate, and great humility when it comes to considering Jesus Christ and what it means to follow him. This book is an outflow of this. I know of no other living author like Dallas. Why not sit with this book and let your universe be opened a little wider? You won't be disappointed. NOTE: The book may seem a bit oblique until the 3rd or 4th Chapter. But trust me, worth every sentence and it comes together more than handsomely by later chapters. Again, I listen to this audiobook over and over. Why am I typing this? I should be listening to it right now and trust me talking about it like this is causing a deep Pavlovian response. See, the ideas are big enough where you actually hear them in greater clarity the more you repeat them. Excited? You should be. Good has entered the world with vision, intention, and means to overcome *all* evil. And you are a key part. Do the deed. Get it here or somehow, even if from the library. Blessings.
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By A. F. Galbraith on 03-18-16
One of the most important books I've ever read
I'm probably going to have to listen to this again and take notes... This is packed with wisdom and offers a considered and well thought out reason for practiced Christianity that touches the soul.
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By Amazon Customer on 02-09-15
Really makes you think about Jesus teaching and it's application today. Dallas Willard is a deep thinker and shares his learning
well. Not an easy listen but worth the time
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