Author Dallas Willard died on the morning of 8 May 2013 just two days after announcing that he was battling Stage Four cancer. He was 77.
Willard authored such books as The Spirit of the Disciplines, The Divine Conspiracy, Renovation of the Heart, and Hearing God. He also was known as a leading authority among those who teach spiritual formation, the process of apparent spiritual development through engaging in a set of behaviors, or disciplines. Advocates believe these disciplines, which often include mystical practices such as contemplative prayer, help to shape the character of the practitioner into the likeness of Christ.