The key to a spiritual life is the cultivation of a spiritual heart. This is what makes the difference between hoping to change “someday” and actually changing your thoughts and behaviors now. Bill Hull says the great teachers of the past (such as William Law and John Wesley) and the best guides in spiritual formation today (such as Dallas Willard and Richard Foster) all agree on the central importance of the intent of the heart.
Such a heart is cultivated, writes Hull, in the simplicity of a life fixed on the words and ways of Jesus. In Christlike, the author helps us grow intentionally in “uncomplicated obedience” to Jesus so that “our minds and hearts are in alignment with each other.” But this is not a privatized spirituality. Instead, writes Hull, this simplicity is the key to effectiveness in the larger mission of changing the world for Christ.
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In this book, Bill Hull is casting light on the cause of most of our ‘Christian’ troubles and what can be done about them. Nothing less than the settled and intelligent resolve to become Christlike can serve as the basis for spiritual growth in the Christian life. How did we lose that from the ‘normal Christian life,’ and what can be done to bring it back? Christlike can help us answer these questions and begin to do something about the situation where the action is: in individual lives and local assemblies of disciples.
—Dallas Willard, professor, School of Philosophy, University of Southern California
I think this is Bill Hull’s best book. In Christlike, this respected author and seasoned consultant dares to ask the church to rethink what it means to be a Christian and then offers a road map for uncomplicated obedience.
—Gary W. Moon, director, Martin Family Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation, Westmont College
When you get labeled ‘the discipleship man’ there is a reason for it. After reading Christlike, you will know why . . . on these pages, Bill Hull doesn’t only share his latest, best thoughts and reflections, but takes us deep into his own journey . . . and it looks a lot like Jesus to me.
—Keith Meyer, adjunct professor in spiritual formation, Denver Seminary
Bill Hull speaks directly from his heart and personal experience in his latest book, yet his words are based on a lifetime of ministry experience. Christlike is about a journey, Bill’s own journey as he has come into a deeper and richer experience of discipleship to Jesus. Bill challenges all of us to lay aside simplistic formulaic approaches to the Christian life and instead, in a very uncomplicated way, allow Jesus to transform us from the inside out. This is an important book, from an important voice.
—Michael J. Wilkins, distinguished professor of New Testament language and literature, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Bill Hull understands that discipleship is not a program but a lifelong journey of following Jesus. He opens our understanding of the gospel of the kingdom and then invites us to understand what it really means to be a disciple of Jesus. I love Bill’s writing style, and I love the message of his book even more.
—Alan Andrews, former US director, The Navigators