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The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus Kindle Edition
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''I grew up in a Christian culture in which 'defending the faith' was carried out by using the Bible as a weapon. Anyone who challenged my faith was treated as an enemy. As an adult I discovered Dallas Willard. Unfailingly gentle and respectful, he transformed the apologetics of my generation as many of us 'laid down our swords and shields.' '' (Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message)
''Dallas Willard was a true Master. Who else combined such profundity with such clarity and simplicity? Here, he addresses an issue that is both timely and urgent for Christian advocacy today. But it is also a genuine hallmark of his own gentle and humble character as a man and thinker.'' (Os Guinness, author Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion)
''Dallas Willard's understanding of apologetics is revolutionary. It is at once more intellectually rigorous and yet more attainable and more humble and more tied to character than anything I have seen on the subject. What he describes is what Jesus actually did.'' (John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and author of Soul Keeping)
''Following in the tradition of C.S. Lewis, Willard advocates for truth, born on the wings of grace, and does so in the manner of a fellow pilgrim, keen to listen and to share.'' (Stan Mattson, founder and director of the C. S. Lewis Foundation)
''Classic Willard: the gifted Christian philosopher answering hard questionsthe questions so many people have about God, hell, the problem of evil, the nature of freedom, and the wonder of Jesusin an accessible style and with a gentle spirit.'' (Chris Hall, Director of Academic Spiritual Formation, Eastern University)
''Trust Dallas to give us apologetics for everyone in the manner of Jesus: desiring to serve not convince; discarding defensiveness and intellectual one-upping; respecting others as honest inquirers; answering questions we've secretly wondered about.'' --(Jan Johnson, author of Renovation of the Heart in Daily Practice and Abundant Simplicity) --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
From the Back Cover
When called upon to explain their faith, Christians do not always feel equipped to do so—particularly when some of the most difficult questions arise. In The Allure of Gentleness, esteemed teacher and author Dallas Willard not only assures us of the truth and reasonableness of the Christian faith, but also explores why reason and logic are not enough: to explain Jesus's message, we must also be like Jesus, characterized by love, humility, and gentleness.
Based on a series of talks and lectures on apologetics given by the late author and edited by his daughter, Becky Heatley, this book constitutes Dallas Willard's most thorough presentation on how to defend the Christian faith for the twenty-first century. This beautiful model of life, this allure of gentleness, Willard tells us, is the foundation for making the most compelling argument for Christ, one that will assure others that the Christian faith is not only true but the answer to our deepest desires and hopes.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00GQZTXM4
- Publisher : HarperOne; Reprint edition (February 10, 2015)
- Publication date : February 10, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1003 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 213 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #558,975 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus (2015) by the late Dallas Willard is an exceptionally good book. It is unusual for me to be sad when I have finished a book, though I wish this one had kept going.
Willard, a former philosophy professor from the University of Southern California, offered this book as a gentle pushback on the apologetics engine that occupies much of Christianity. Apologetics, or the defense of the faith, has unfortunately become an adversarial enterprise where the goal is to win the argument rather than love the person. Willard calls us to something more; he calls us to love others with the compassion and wisdom of Jesus. He also rightly makes the argument that our lives and the outworking of our faith is essential to our defense of the faith.
Hints of his previous books--Spirit of the Disciplines, Hearing God, and the Divine Conspiracy, to name a few--find their way into the pages of this book, yet this book stands alone as a unique, important, and much welcome offering from Willard.
May our lives of love reflect our message of truth.
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Well worth the read