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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849946018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849946011
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Christian church is falling apart and in desperate need of a revival. According to professor Sweet (The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives) and bestselling author Viola (From Eternity to Here), £what is lacking is a groundbreaking revelation of Christ that boggles the mind and enraptures the heart.¥ Expanding on the authorsÖ 2009 online manifesto, this insistent, impassioned essay condemns as pharisaic those preachers who forgo a Christ-centered theology in favor of a cute, singular slogan or mission. The authors urge churches to focus on the man who embodies the entire religion. To do so, readers must learn the subtle distinction between following Christ and realizing Christ already lives within them. Some may find this message controversial, even pantheistic. Yet the biblical passages show the message is rooted in Scripture. The authors provide a lot to digest, but quotations from poets and philosophers break up the text and help readers grasp abstract concepts. Though most applicable to pastors and seminarians, all Christian readers will discover a new perspective and deeper purpose.
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"Jesus Manifesto" is a milestone in Christian literature - a spiritual masterpiece. It is both timeless and timely. The book contains a breathtaking unveiling of the beauty, glory, and wonder of Christ that speaks to both the head and the heart (something that few books combine today). The style of writing blends poetry with prose and is brilliantly sprinkled with metaphor. The content is illuminating, compelling, and even prophetic. Epic, true to Scripture, faithful to the testimony of the historic church, filled with seminal insights and written with exceptional prose, this little volume is a clarion call to return to the supremacy of Jesus Christ. For all of these reasons, "Jesus Manifesto" has come along "for such a time as this." -- Searching Together/Baptist Reformation Review

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My feeling is that if you love Jesus Christ, you will love this book.
There are so many great quotes in this book that I feel I can only get you ready to read this book.
David S. Mehrle
In Jesus Manifesto, Sweet and Viola call the church back to her "first love."
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97 of 109 people found the following review helpful By David D. Flowers on May 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Moving Forward in Exploration of Christ
A Book Review of "Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ" by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola--Reviewed by David D. Flowers, free-lance writer & blogger

I can hear it now, "Do we really need another book about Jesus?" Apparently so... considering that as we entered the twenty-first century only 4 books out of the top 100 were about Jesus (Christian Book Association).

In "Jesus Manifesto," Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola combine their voices to trumpet a resounding reminder that we never "graduate beyond Christ" in the Christian faith. And Christ isn't found only in the center of things, but along the "corners and on the edges" as well.

Sweet and Viola believe we have created a "narcissistic" and a "best-seller" Christianity which is "self-centeredness wrapped up as `spirituality,' which has become the latest fashion accessory for the person who has everything" (p. 100). There is indeed much to be disheartened with in Christianity today. Yet, there is a growing number of evangelicals that are discovering that pop-culture Christianity is leaving them high and dry. "Whether they realize it or not," says Sweet and Viola, "people are looking for a fresh alternative--a third way" (p. xiii).

As I look across the present post-modern landscape of Christianity, I see several camps of believers pushing their way through the crowd to stand on the rooftop of evangelicalism with their megaphone in hand (i.e. books, magazines, blogs, etc.) proclaiming the "real" gospel. There are several current groups and "movements" that are all trying to highlight the neglected sides of historic Christianity.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Devin Hughey on May 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Many Christians are found in want but don't know what is lacking. So, the Church organizes event after event, "how-to's" on "how-to's", groups within groups, and so on. However, people still want more. What do they want? What are they looking for? Well...what is it?? Depth. Spiritual depth. Depth in Christ!

Leonard and Frank took a fresh look at the Church today - one that many others need to take a glimpse at as well. Frank and Leonard dig deep into the "center" of believers and the body of Christ - Jesus Christ himself.

"Oh great. Another 'Jesus book'". No, no, no! Believe me when I say that what you will find within these pages is something so incisive and profound that the Jesus you know right now will look smaller in comparison to the one you will know after you have finished. The passion and fervor that these two men have for the Lord is so evident and fathomless that it is difficult to not become impassioned as well. The love and romance of God that they reveal to each and every reader is so pure that you will fall in love with Christ over and over again.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Michael Newnham on May 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The single greatest lesson I've learned among the hundreds of lessons I've learned from J.I.Packer is that "theology must always lead to doxology".

In other words, if what you learn about God doesn't cause you to praise God then your learning was mostly in vain.

The focus of our faith is a Person, not a doctrine or any combination of doctrines.

Jesus Christ is that divine Person and He is all in all.

That's is the simple message of the Jesus Manifesto and in my opinion it is the finest volume ever penned about that one pure focus.

Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola never swerve from that focus for the entirety of the volume and every page is an examination of the Savior and His glory and perfection.

This is a singularly important book for that is the only volume in my library that is about nothing but Christ and that reminds me on every page that I am to be about nothing else as well.

Today the Body of Christ is being continually torn by disagreements over doctrine and practice and diverted by the good from the Best.

We are drowning in a sea of riches... constantly offered excellent volumes on doctrine and theology, incredible software to parse it all and the greatest teachings of the church available with the click of a mouse.

We have been at sea so long we've lost sight of the Lighthouse.

Sweet and Viola have done the church the service of pointing us radically back to Jesus and they have done so with great clarity, grace and style.

The theology is sound and the effect is what Packer would approve...doxology on every page.

From now on every new believer in my path will receive three books..The Bible, "Knowing God", and "The Jesus Manifesto".
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69 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Bart A. Fletcher on May 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The authors of this work contend that the Church (which the authors understand in a fairly inclusive way, irrespective of denominational label or theological bent) is at a significant crossroads. Specifically, their concern is that a profoundly richer, much more intentional Christology is necessary for the Church (collectively and individually) to find its destiny. They refer to this perceived lack as a "Jesus deficit."

In their ten chapters the authors make their best pitch to convince the reader that (1) Jesus Christ is no longer the preeminent Lord in, evidently, the lives of most congregations and individuals, and (2) that the only way to rectify this deficit is for a deeper spiritual awareness developed in relationship with Christ (versus theologizing or formulaic repetitions of confessional statements or merely a sentimentalized version of Jesus as an outstanding "teacher" or "religious" personage).

Frankly, I struggled with the book. Not because I doubt the validity of their claim (my personal predilection is that yes, churches espousing a Christian identity do, in fact, need to proclaim and live with clarity the presence of Christ in corporate and personal faith lives). And not because I am unfamiliar with the often unique writing style of Leonard Sweet (I have read his works over the years, so I can see his alliterative flourishes at work throughout the text). And further, it is not because I misunderstand the genre (it is described as a devotional work).

My struggle is that I am not certain the authors do enough to prove to the reader that their contention (that Jesus is largely lacking from the Church) is accurate on the broad scale.
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