As Christians, we know that we are new creations in Jesus. So we try to act differently, hoping this will make us more like Him. But changing our outward behavior doesn’t change our hearts. Only by God’s grace can we be transformed internally. Renovation of the Heart lays a biblical foundation for understanding what best-selling author Dallas Willard calls 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.” This fresh approach to spiritual growth explains the biblical reasons why Christians need to undergo change in six aspects of life: thought, feeling, will, body, social context, and soul. Willard also outlines a general pattern of transformation in each area, not as a sterile formula but as a practical process that you can follow without the guilt or perfectionism so many Christians wrestle with. Don’t settle for complacency. Accept the challenge Renovation of the Heart offers to become an intentional apprentice of Jesus Christ, changing daily as you walk with Him.
I read Renovation of the Heart about five years ago. It was not an "easy" read. Willard, like C.S. Lewis is not a writer you can casually read. But if you are looking for a challenging book that will help you grow and mature in your walk with Christ, this is a great book. I read the Kindle version and I made tons of notes and highlighted liberally. Renovation of the Heart helped me focus on what was important during a difficult time in my spiritual life.
Post Author: Steve Dalton