Eternal Living: Reflections on Dallas Willard's Teaching on Faith and Formation, Edited byGary W. Moon

Eternal Living

Reflections on Dallas Willard's Teaching on Faith and Formation

Edited by Gary W. Moon
Contributions by John Ortberg, Jane Willard, Richard J. Foster, James Bryan Smith, and J. P. Moreland
Featuring Dallas Willard

Eternal Living
  • Length: 255 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: December 04, 2014
  • Imprint: IVP Formatio
  • Item Code: 3595
  • ISBN: 9780830835959

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Dallas Willard spent his life making eternal living concrete for his friends. With his unexpected passing in 2013, the world lost a brilliant mind. The wide breadth of his impact inspired friends, family, colleagues, students and leaders of the church to gather their reflections on this celebrated yet humble theologian and philosopher.

Richard Foster, a friend for over forty years, writes of Dallas:

"He possessed in his person a spiritual formation into Christlikeness that was simply astonishing to all who were around him. Profound character formation had transpired in his body and mind and spirit until love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control were at the very center of the deep habit-structures of his life. He exhibited a substantively transformed life. Dallas was simply soaked in the presence of the living Christ."

Curated by Gary Moon, director of the Dallas Willard Center, this medley of Dallas's wise teaching and lived model of Christlikeness—as well as snapshots and "Dallas-isms"—will move and motivate readers. Whether influenced by him as a family member, close friend, advisor, professor, philosopher, minister or reformer, contributors bring refreshing insight into not only his ideas and what shaped him, but also to his contagious theology of grace and joy.

Contributors include:

  • Richard J. Foster
  • Jane Willard
  • J. P. Moreland
  • John Ortberg
  • James Bryan Smith
  • Alan Fadling
  • Ruth Haley Barton
  • and dozens more


1. Gary W. Moon: Introduction: Living in the Glow of God

I. Husband, Father and Friend
1. Richard J. Foster: If Death My Friend and Me Divide
2. Family Voices
Jane Willard: Birth of the Books: He Never Planned to Write About Christian Spirituality
Becky Heatley: Living with the Great Thinker—and Feeler
Larissa Heatley: Give?em Heaven
John Willard: Fond Memories of My Dad
3. Jan Johnson: A Word from a Different Reality
4. Keith Matthews: The Beauty of a Virtuous Man

II. Philosopher and Professor
5. Steve Porter: Evidential Force of Dallas Willard
6. Greg Jesson: Dallas Willard?s Defense of the Radical Practicality of Knowledge
7. Brandon Paradise: From Secular Philosophy to Faith
8. J. P. Moreland: Reflections on a Day with My Professor and Friend
9. Gary Black: Five Tips for a Teacher
10. Widening Spheres of Influence
Eff Martin: Doing Business in the Kingdom
Quinton Peeples: Creating in the Kingdom
Gayle Beebe: Forming Education in the Kingdom
John Kasich: Public Service in the Kingdom
John Ortberg: Doing Church in the Kingdom

III. Mentor and Reformer of the Church
11. James Bryan Smith: Master of Metanoia, Bermuda Shorts and Wingtips
Sidebar: Emilie Griffin: He Made Me Feel Welcome and Told Me a Joke
12. Trevor Hudson: Journey into Joy
13. Todd Hunte: Dallas Willard, Evangelist
Sidebar: Bill Hull: Reclaiming the Word Discipleship
14. Alan Fadling: Developing Pastors and Churches of the Kingdom
15. Mindy Caliguire: Gray?s Anatomy and The Soul
16. Kent Carlson: The Kingdom of God Is Real
Sidebar: Mike Lueken
17. Keith Meyer: A Few Dallas-isms That Changed My Life
18. Ruth Haley Barton: The Real Deal
19. James Catford: Equally at Home in Private and Public Spheres
20. John Ortberg: Conclusion: Hey Dallas . . .



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Gary W. Moon

Gary W. Moon (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the founding director of the Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He continues to serve as the director of Conversatio Divina for the Martin Institute. He also serves as distinguished professor of psychology and Christian spirituality at Richmont Graduate University. He is the author of numerous books and curriculum resources including Apprenticeship with Jesus and Falling for God.