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Renovation of the Heart

Putting on the Character of Christ

Author Dallas Willard
Narrator Dallas Willard
Runtime 12 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date May 29, 2005
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There's good news. You can experience significant growth in your Christian walk, shed sinful habits, and increasingly take on the character of Christ.

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A high school student reared in a Christian home turns to drugs and alcohol. A woman tries to stop criticizing others—for ten years. A father knows he needs more patience with his children, but his efforts seem in vain.

What do these people have in common? They are all in desperate need of further renovation of the heart, of transformation of the spirit. But just what is this transformation? Author Dallas Willard explains that its ideal end is when "all of the essential parts of the human self are effectively organized around God, as they are restored and sustained by Him. Spiritual transformation in Christ is the process leading to that ideal end, and its result is love of God with all of the heart, soul, mind, and strength, and of the neighbor as oneself."

Although you may acknowledge this as the ideal, you may still wonder how to get there? Renovation of the Heart helps to answer that inquiry. It lays a foundation for understanding the ruin and restoration of humanity by discussing human nature and its components, how they operate, and how they are renewed. It describes common misunderstandings about our human nature and the discipleship process. Most important, it outlines the general pattern of personal transformation—not as a formula, but as a systematic process that we have the responsibility to undertake as intentional apprentices of Jesus. Only then will our transformation be accomplished, through interaction with the grace of God in Christ, the presence of the Holy Spirit, and spiritual treasures stored in the body of Christ.

We aren't born again to stay the way we are. But how many times have we looked around us in dismay at the lack of spiritual maturity in fellow believers? There's good news. You can experience significant growth in your Christian walk, shed sinful habits, and increasingly take on the character of Christ. Willard calls this "the transformation of the spirit"—a divine process that "brings every element in our being, working from inside out, into harmony with the will of God or the kingdom of God."

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Exposed my majoring in the minors
This was the top recommended book by James Clayborne in Kingdom Triangle. I actually already knew what Dallas says here, but am distracted from it - majoring in the minors, I am afraid. I will get this book in print or kindle to read while listening to Dallas' reading, which is superb.
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This is the best summary of life in the Kingdom of God!
Review by / (Posted on 3/23/2018)
Great Great formation resource
I have always treasured Dallas' insights; and discipleship oriented teaching. The Reno of the Heart is a very deep read; it must be done reflectively and contemplatively so as to not lose out on how the Spirit may be addressing issues in our heart that need 'renovation.' Hearing the audio is an extra bonus as I can listen to it in my car during traffic.
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