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The Allure of Gentleness

Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus

by Dallas Willard

When Christians share their faith, they often appeal to reason, logic, and the truth of doctrine. But these tactics often are not effective. A better approach to spread Christ’s word, Dallas Willard suggests, is to use the example of our own lives. To demonstrate Jesus’s message, we must be transformed people living out a life reflective of Jesus himself, a life of love, humility, and gentleness.

This beautiful model of life—this allure of gentleness—Willard argues, is the foundation for making the most compelling argument for Christianity, one that will convince others that there is something special about Christianity and the Jesus we follow.

Recently named "Book of Merit" for Apologetics/Evangelism by Christianity Today's 2016 Book Awards!
Recently named "Book of Merit" for Apologetics/Evangelism by Christianity Today's 2016 Book Awards!
Dallas Willard’s understanding of apologetics is revolutionary. It is at once more intellectually rigorous and yet more attainable and more humble and more tied to character than anything I have seen on the subject. What he describes is what Jesus actually did.
John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church