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Living in Christ's Presence Audiobook

Living in Christ's Presence: Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God

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Dallas Willard and John Ortberg explore what it means to live well now in light of God's kingdom. They reflect on the power of the Trinity in our lives, the meaning of knowledge, the importance of spiritual disciplines and much more. Dallas Willard offers poignant thoughts about what it will be like to transition into the very presence of Christ in heaven. This audiobook is adapted from the talks given at the February 2013 Dallas Willard Center "Knowing Christ Today" conference in Santa Barbara, California. Each chapter is followed with an illuminating dialogue between Ortberg and Willard. The audiobook closes with the theme of offering a blessing to one another. These reflections comprise an apt conclusion to Dallas Willard's public ministry. It is a gift of grace. A conversation guide written by Gary W. Moon is included.

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    Matthew J Gray Adelaide 25/02/2016
    Matthew J Gray Adelaide 25/02/2016
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    "Amazing way to finish"

    This was made not long before Willard died, and so much of his discussion, about entering into hope and the Presence, has an extra poignancy. But the best talks are actually those by Ortberg : he takes the depth of Willard, and makes it so approachable. A fabulous conference that I feel truly blessed to have shared in, via this recording.

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    Howard Smartt 22/05/2015
    Howard Smartt 22/05/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    Timely, profound and wise words to the church! The unique teaching and subsequent dialogue between Dallas and John make this a rich experience. Worth listening to more than once.

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  • taylor storey
    California/China
    21/09/14
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    "Let Go of Control"

    Despite the title laden with all kinds of connotations, this is a phenomenal book. The book is really the summary of a conference put on by Willard and his friend/mentee John Ortberg. The conference was for pastors of churches and it turned out to be Dallas Willard's last work before he died.

    I listened to the audio of the conference (which was at least slightly edited from the conference) and flipped through the book, reading about half of it in review. The book is also cleaned up a bit from the audio version.

    1. I'm currently on a quest to discern what it is about my conservative christian roots that is so off-putting to myself and others.
    2. I've always been fascinated by Dallas Willard being such an influential christian while his day job had him in the philosophy department of a major university (USC). From a couple of comments from my Aunt who recently listened to this I decided to start here, at the end of his works.

    If Dallas Willard had a church, I think I may enjoy it. There are 2 really important pieces from this book that make me think I would enjoy a community with Dallas Willard leading it.

    1. There is a recurring idea letting go of control in almost every aspect of christianity. One of the most gripping examples is when he speaks of himself as a young pastor: "I thought the way to move someone was to make them feel, not provide them with knowledge." He has since learned that making someone feel is manipulative, and providing someone with knowledge is empowering. If there is any single piece keeping people out of conservative christianity, it is probably this one. He states the problem and applications in a few different ways throughout the book and states it well. Do your best and let go.

    2. Willard (and Ortberg) puts a lot of emphasis on life now rather than life after death. "Your kingdom come... on earth as it is in heaven" so we are not leaving to go to heaven, heaven is coming to earth. I think between Dallas Willard and NT Wright's influence the conservative christian church is doing a lot better job of this.

    John Ortberg was a big part of this conference. It seems pretty obvious his goal was to make Dallas Willard accessible and applicable to the pastors in the audience. I think he splits his time accomplishing that goal and also pulling the listeners back towards an organizational, application-at-all-costs misunderstanding of what Willard is saying. Careful not to treat people like machines rather than people/friends Ortberg! Suffice it to say I skipped through a good portion of his talks. At one point Ortberg makes a joke while interviewing Willard that was clearly not the time for a joke, but Ortberg missed the depth of what Willard was saying. I think it was cleaned up in the book, but you will probably notice it if you listen to the audio.

    Not too long of a book/audio, highly recommended for anyone interested in a "sense of pervasive well-being" (willard's definition of joy) or anyone wanting to better communicate the message of Christianity.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jen Gal
    12/05/14
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    "mutual respect between two master pastors"
    Where does Living in Christ's Presence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in top five of spiritual books i have listened to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the interaction between Willard and Ortberg was really vibrant and sincere. they complement each other in many ways, and were good friends too, smart and learned, sincere and honest about themselves and Christianity today. i loved the audio and didn't want it to end!


    What about Dallas Willard’s performance did you like?

    his accent!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    highly recommended for Christians who seek depth and challenge - not the easy way out, but The Way of Christ, which is joyous

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • a. papai
    25/06/15
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    "Wonderful"

    Much of what is in this audio book was not new to me because I've studied the Bible for many years. However, what I did find wonderful is the refreshing honesty of the characters. I have a new outlook on living out my faith that was seemingly right in front of me all this time... I even stopped to post many ideas from the author on FB in attempt to bless someone with the wisdom.
    thank you and i will be buying all Dallas Willard's books...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lea Philippe
    6/05/15
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    "I'M IN LOVE WITH A "DEAD" MAN...DallasWillard!"

    I'M IN LOVE WITH A "DEAD" MAN...Dallas Willard!

    This is a MUST read for all Christ followers...ESPECIALLY LEADERS!

    I suggest the Audible version...play it over & over while you're driving. It will Transform your life and give you Clarity & Direction for the Ministry!

    TRUST ME, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jean Cannon
    Wimberley, TX United States
    14/11/16
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    "Life Changing!"

    I will listen many times to this amazing teaching from Dallas Willard and John Ortberg.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    New Mexico
    22/09/16
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    "Later Dallas at his best."

    While Dallas' writing can be dense, his speaking is seldom so. Clear, insightful, powerful observations about the life of faith from a man preparing to die. This is an audio recording of a conference with John Ortberg with a cameo by David Black. The editing is less than perfect but the meat is still there.

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  • no show
    18/09/16
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    "God bless Dallas and John❣"

    Amazing. Pure Wisdom and Grace. I will read it again and again. Life lessons and guidance on how to tap in to God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit regularly and effortlessly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • linda
    23/08/16
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    "best of Dallas Willard"

    His love for Jesus shines through. His humility is evident. He truly was a man of God

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    31/07/16
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    "Life changing!!"

    I've listened to this audio 4 times now. It has been absolutely life-changing for me in the way that I relate to God and his kingdom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LandDog49
    14/06/16
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    "Knock your socks off n the most Godly way"

    It adds depth as you live our your upward Christian Journey. Soul searching! I will listen to it 2- 3 more times.

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  • Alexander I. Herzen
    11/03/16
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    "Brilliant and prophetic"

    Willard was a great sage and prophet. This audiobook bristles with hope and life in God's kingdom. Some moments are especially poignant - for instance when he quotes from Newman's hymn, Kindly Light, as he contemplates his own imminent death. Willard knew he was dying of cancer when this audiobook was recorded. What a great man he was. Well done, good and faithful servant....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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