Over the last two years, Dallas Willard’s publishers sent me copies of most of his books.
I believe that had I met Dallas while he was alive, we’d become fast friends. Our spiritual interests and influences are much the same. And our perspectives align in most places.
Note that I say “most” because we have our disagreements (who doesn’t). For instance, I don’t believe soul and spirit are the same, but distinct. (I go with T. Austin-Sparks on this in his classic book What is Man?)
I’m also not sure I buy into his view of the Beatitudes.
And of course, our ecclesiology doesn’t exactly match. However, if we met in a room for 8 hours, I am confident we’d leave having a similar perspective as his core understanding isn’t far enough from mine where we’d bitterly disagree.
I find Dallas to be a more accessible speaker than writer. His style of writing isn’t the easiest to absorb, in my view. But then again, he was a philosopher.
Regardless, for the serious reader who is tired of all the pop stuff, I commend his work.
Like Tozer before him, he was a kindred soul to my own.
I’m still working through his books and plan to tackle his biography some day as well.
For in my view, his life is worth emulating. Something I can only say for a few people who have lived in the 21st century.
In my upcoming book on handling crises, due out in the summer of 2021, I quote Dallas a fair bit.
You’ll see why when you read it.