The Jesus I Never Knew (Grand Rapids: Zondervan , 1995)

As Yancey does so well, here he weaves together contemporary observations and historical insights to present a fresh, winsome, compelling picture of Jesus.  No matter how well you feel you know our Savior–or how much you feel you know about Him–I’m sure you will be glad you read this book and will–as I have–return to it again and again.

From the last chapter:

I must admit that Jesus has revised in flesh many of my harsh and unpalatable notions about God. Why am I a Christian? I sometimes ask myself, and to be perfectly honest the reasons reduce to two: (1) the lack of good alternatives, and (2) Jesus. Brilliant, untamed, tender, creative, slippery, irreducible, paradoxically humble–Jesus stands up to scrutiny. He is who I want my God to be.

The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth (New York: HarperOne, 2014)

This long-awaited sequel to Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy is a feast for anyone who wants to understand better that it means to be an influential, ethical, and genuine Christian leader.  It is thick with Willard’s compelling way of seeing our God-bathed world and our role in it.  Any given chapter–many times any given page!–could be chewed on for days.

From the first chapter:

It is the task of Christ-following spokespersons, leaders, and professional to keep before their own minds as well as those of the public they engage–through whatever vocation they maintain–an understanding of what is good and what is not and what conditions are required for human beings to experience well-being.