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I Am a Follower: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus Paperback – January 2, 2012
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-Bob Roberts, senior pastor, Northwood Church
“If there was ever a leader who could convince me that it’s really never been about leading, that would have to be Len Sweet. May we all, like Len, become followers.”
-Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National Community Church --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Leonard Sweet is an author of many books, professor (Drew University, George Fox University, Tabor College), creator of preachthestory.com, and a popular speaker throughout North America and the world. His “Napkin Scribbles” podcasts are available on leonardsweet.com
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So I was excited to read his newest book, I Am a Follower (The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus). I was not disappointed. The book skewers the modern church's success-worshiping, corporate-obsessed "leadership" fixation, and contrasts it with the example and message of Jesus--what Sweet calls "followership culture." He says, "Leadership is an alien template that we have laid on the Bible." And then he goes about showing us the more excellent way of Jesus, in his typically colorful, thoughtful, biblical, and entertaining style.
After the prologue (don't skip it), the book is divided into three sections, characterized by four Latin words: Vece (the place), Via (the way), Verita (the truth), and Vita (the life). It features "Interactives," suitable for individual and group use, in which the author offers questions for discussion and more content for further application. The text is enriched with quotes from a diverse spectrum of voices--from Wendell Berry and Dietrich Bonhoeffer to Hunter S. Thompson and Tom T. Hall. It is a delight to read and a spur to thought.
(It's never been about leading)
And Sweet makes that point very well. The Christian life is not about heroic leadership, but about servant-followership. "We don't take Jesus into the world. We discern where he's dancing and join in the dance." (p. 9) Jesus is THE leader. He is our leader. We don't lead, we follow.
First Sweet looks at the Way of a follower. Life isn't a set of rules to follow, it's a walk, a journey. "Parking-lot churches are drive-to places where people get their needs met in a minimum amount of time with a maximum of return in religious exaltation. Pedestrian churches consist of people who walk with Jesus in his journeys on earth." (p. 82) We walk along, following Jesus, casting the fruit of the Spirit into a world that is broken and thirsty.
Then there is the Truth: following Jesus does not happen at a distance. We're not some secret spy tailing someone, trying to blend into the crowd when he turns around. We're not trying to find his tracks in the dirt. We're right there with him. We follow close, so close that we smell the things Jesus smells, eat what he eats, hear what he hears. We don't follow a cause, we follow a real person, who is alive and well today. This means that instead of becoming "expert-witnesses for Christ" we are "actual-event witnesses to what we have seen and experienced in our own lives." (p.Read more ›
In my training of future pastors, missionaries and ministers of various kinds, I've always emphasized the need for every individual to be a good follower and servant-leader. But I've also emphasized a good bit of leadership training, which I still think is important. Some have criticized Sweet for taking an anti-leadership tone, but I don't take his comments to that extreme. I think he's taking a hard line approach in an attempt to swing the pendulum back to center (at least) on the follower-leader spectrum. Balance is needed.
But for me there's a bigger issue on display in Sweet's book that few people are really addressing. It's the matter of supreme importance--discipleship. At the end of the day you can call it followership, servant-leadership, or whatever you want, but if you're not a disciple...and if you're not making disciples, you're wasting your time.Read more ›
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Great perspective. Unique insight into the subject of Christian leadership.Published 5 months ago by EmilyB
The best book Ive ever read. EVER! Want to know Jesus? Read this. FANTASTIC!!!!Published 6 months ago by Jerry Korum
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Sweet reminds us to get back into God's word to see what Jesus has to say in regards to leadership. It is a humbling reminder of what followers of Jesus should look like.Published 16 months ago by Joe
Leonard Sweet brings such a powerful and practical word to those desiring to follow Christ in their everyday life. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tonya Hedrick
Len Sweet challenges the culture within the church that champions leadership. I Am A Follower is a refreshing departure from the "baptized" books on executive business... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jason P. Burden