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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,579 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dallas Willard Narrator: Thomas Penny Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780061341632
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In The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard gracefully weaves biblical teaching, popular culture, science, scholarship, and spiritual practice into a tour de force that shows the necessity of profound changes in how we view our lives and faith.

In an era when many Christians consider Jesus a beloved but remote savior, Willard argues compellingly for the relevance of God to every aspect of our existence. Masterfully capturing the central insights of Christ's teachings in a fresh way for today's seekers, he helps us to explore a revolutionary way to experience God—by knowing Him as an essential part of the here and now.

Willard explores the true nature of the teachings of Jesus, who intended that His followers become His disciples, and taught that we have access now to the life we are only too eager to relegate to the hereafter. The author calls us into a more authentic faith and offers a practical plan by which we can become Christ-like. He challenges us to step aside from the politics and pieties of contemporary Christian practice and inspires us to embrace the true meaning of Christian discipleship.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It would be hard to overstate the intellectual depth of this audio and its relevance to genuine seekers of the Christian faith…Willard gives an eloquent reading…and invites us to find the spiritual integrity we need to live Christ’s teachings. This difficult path doesn’t allow self-deception, boasting, or escape from what the true believer must do.”  

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  • “Willard is a master at capturing the central insight of Jesus’ teachingsRarely have I found an author with so penetrating an intellect combined with so generous a spirit.”  

    Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline  

  • “With The Divine Conspiracy, Willard joins the line of a Kempis, Luther, Fenelon, Brother Lawrence, Zinzendorf, Wesley, and other master apprentices of Jesus…What distinguishes The Divine Conspiracy is an extraordinary combination of simplicity and depth…If you read only one book, make it this one.”  

    Christianity Today 

  • “This book belongs in the tradition of the great devotional classicsThe 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 

  • Christian Book of the Year Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa Bennett | 2/20/2014

    " Ok. I have heard Willard twice in person, and, although I am a fast writer, I could hardly scribble fast enough. I was fortunate to hear a seminar by him as he was preparing to write this book. I am a super-fast reader, and comprehend very well. THIS book is brilliant. I sure couldn't read it quickly! But what a gift to the world. And Willard is a very humble, sweet soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 2/15/2014

    " This is my third read through - a lot there about being authentic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elysha | 2/8/2014

    " One of the hardest theology books I've ever read. I had to read many sentences two, three, sometimes four times. That being said, it was a deep, profound, and rich book that I will purchase and read again. Many, many books in the references that I now want to read as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Kim | 2/1/2014

    " Great book. Helps you understand Transformation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Jorgensen | 1/19/2014

    " Willard flirts with numerous heresies in order to make some outdated muddled point about sanctification. He may seem profound to an older generation but any missional-minded gen x or y person will have already understood his central point. Between his fuzzy understanding of justification and atonement it's hard to give it a good review especially since he is not the least bit interesting to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 1/3/2014

    " This is a tough read but an amazing, amazing book about the Kingdom of God. Can't recommend it enough! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Warren | 12/23/2013

    " Awesome, awesome, awesome. There's lots to think about with this book. Now the task is probably to re-read it all within one month to get a clearer picture. I took too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Waring-Crane | 12/22/2013

    " An amazing book that I read with a book group. Willard is an engaging author with accessible style, an academic mind and passionate heart. Practical and life-changing stuff. I own it and plan to read it many times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/15/2013

    " yikes! get ready for some spiritual formation of the deep inner soul of your being. and some interesting thoughts on the kingdom of God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy Jack Blankenship | 10/10/2013

    " This could be the most important book any one of the Christian faith, of any faith actually, could read! It is on my top 3 of all time. It is deep, difficult, and describes the life of following Jesus in the best way I have read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 8/16/2013

    " Certainly one of the most challenging books I've ever read! But without doubt the fullest and most complete text on how to live as a disciple of Jesus. And more than that, how to bring others along side to their own glorious walk in the freedom that can only be found in Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 8/5/2013

    " I've recently led a group discussion on this book which I found to be inspirational as well as providing a way to become a disciple of Jesus without requiring study at a seminary. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 3/6/2013

    " Fantastic. Can't believe it took me so long to get around to reading this classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/23/2012

    " A philosophy professor who is an intellectual Christian reveals a Christianity that seems to be missing in the traditional North American church. Very uplifting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Hughes | 11/12/2012

    " One of the most formative books for me in my walk with Jesus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 9/18/2012

    " Took me two or three times to actually read this, but I thought it was awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 5/31/2012

    " Dallas Willard is a genius!!! Once again, he rocks my world with a book on how to help me actually begin to behave and live as Jesus did. While not an easy book to work my way through, it is nonetheless a classic, and one that I will undoubtedly return to again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Golding | 11/30/2011

    " One of my 5 all-time best books read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca Rodgers | 10/24/2011

    " after beginning a journey of re-understanding the gospel, i found this book. it has been a very important part of reshaping my view of Jesus and the Kingdom "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wes F | 10/21/2011

    " Excellent read that gets into what it truly means to be a disciple of Jesus--someone who follows Him & His example. Deep exposition of the Sermon on the Mount and its application to our daily lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope Rozenboom | 5/15/2011

    " This book is a life-changer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 5/2/2011

    " Dallas Willard is a genius!!! Once again, he rocks my world with a book on how to help me actually begin to behave and live as Jesus did. While not an easy book to work my way through, it is nonetheless a classic, and one that I will undoubtedly return to again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summisse | 5/1/2011

    " If I was stranded on a desert Island and I only hand one possession, I would want it to be this book! Life changing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/30/2011

    " I've recently led a group discussion on this book which I found to be inspirational as well as providing a way to become a disciple of Jesus without requiring study at a seminary. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/6/2011

    " This book revolutionized my faith and my understanding of Christ and the nature of God. A MUST read for anyone... Christian or not!
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 3/14/2011

    " Unbelieveably important work for our times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustin | 2/12/2011

    " One of the most profound and formative books I've ever read on what it means to follow Jesus. Amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/6/2011

    " If you are serious about about a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is a MUST read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 1/24/2011

    " Great book!!! Author is challenging & very insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kindra | 1/18/2011

    " A dense read, full of theological and philosophical meanderings. Very good, but be prepared to invest some time, esp with the unabridged version. Overall very refreshing perspective on heaven, the Holy Spirit, and the Trinity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 11/24/2010

    " We live what we believe! Most of us say we believe in the power of Christ and Him living through us, but our actions betray that. This is a powerful call for us to live our faith.
    A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 11/11/2010

    " this was awesome and thick- push thru the first few chapters- it is worth it! mind blowing to say the least! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 9/21/2010

    " Wonderful! A comprehensive and engaging book about following Jesus "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 8/13/2010

    " after beginning a journey of re-understanding the gospel, i found this book. it has been a very important part of reshaping my view of Jesus and the Kingdom "

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About the Author
Author Dallas Willard

Dallas Willard (1935–2013) was a professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Philosophy for forty-seven years. His groundbreaking books The Divine Conspiracy and The Spirit of the Disciplines forever changed the way thousands of Christians experience their faith.

About the Narrator

Thomas Penny is an audiobook narrator whose readings include The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard, Fighting for America by Christopher Moore, and Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper, among others.