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The Great Omission


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The Great Omission is that we have made Christians, not disciples. A call to rediscover active discipleship.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Apprenticed to Jesus
11. Discipleship 3
For Super Chris tians Only?
12. Why Bother with Discipleship? 13
13. Who Is Your Teacher? 18
14. Looking Like Jesus 23
Divine Resources for a Changed Life Are Always Available
15. The Key to the Keys to the Kingdom 32
Spiritual Formation and the Development of Character
16. Spiritual Formation in Christ Is for the
Whole Life and the Whole Person 43
17. Spiritual Formation in Christ 68
A Perspective on What It Is and How It Might Be Done
18. The Spirit Is Willing, But . . . 80
The Body as a Tool for Spiritual Growth
19. Living in the Vision of God 91
10. Idaho Springs Inquiries Concerning
Spiritual Formation 103
11. Personal Soul Care 122
For Ministers . . . And Others
Discipleship of the Soul and the Mind
12. Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation,
and the Restoration of the Soul 137
13. Christ-Centered Piety 159
The Heart of the Evangelical
14. Why? 171
15. Jesus the Logician 180
Books on Spiritual Living: Visions and Practices
16. Letters by a Modern Mystic by Frank C. Laubach 199
17. The Interior Castle of Teresa of Avila 206
18. Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton 210
19. When God Moves In: My Experience with
Deeper Experiences of Famous Chris tians 214
20. A Room of Marvels by James B. Smith 221
A Parting Word: "As You Go . . ." 225
Notes 231
Credits and Permissions 235

About the Author

Dallas Willard was a professor at the University of Southern California's School of Philosophy. He wrote the groundbreaking books The Divine Conspiracy and The Spirit of the Disciplines which forever changed the way thousands of Christians experience their faith. Dallas Willard died in 2013.


"If you have any desire to find the life God offers you, read this book." -- John Eldredge, author of `Captivating'
"Another classic from the pen of this remarkable writer. Inclusive and insightful, this book issues a compelling call for the rediscovery and renewal of Christian discipleship." -- Professor Alister E. McGrath
"Dallas Willard is insistent, relentless and tireless in his message to us: he keeps calling us to take this life of Jesus seriously as disciples, as apprentices to a Master. `Christian' is following Jesus, not just talking about him." -- Eugene Peterson, author of `The Message'
"The Great Omission is, simply put, great. I recommend it highly." -- Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline
"I know no one like Dallas Willard who can express profound things so simply and simple things so profoundly. I never fail to benefit from his writings." -- Os Guinness, author of The Call
"There is NO one like Dallas. Finding more of his words is like getting hidden treasure. Read and grow!" -- John Ortberg, author of God is Closer Than You Think

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