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Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ Hardcover – May 30, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
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 reason...it 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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This book will enforce your beliefs in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.Published 7 days ago by Ina Meiring
This book was like a spiritual feast for my spirit. Leaving me so greatful to know the awe-inspiring Person of Christ and hungry to know Him more intimately. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marjorie1
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The book is definitely worth reading. The authors words propelled me to strip away the old thoughts of who I thought Jesus is and allow the Word of God to point me to Him who is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donna Lee Faglie
These writers truly love Jesus Christ. There is no way that anyone can write about Jesus so profoundly and passionately as Leonard Sweet and his co-writer has done.Published 6 months ago by Yolande Coetzer
Best book of it's kind. Best of both author's books. I have read it 30 times, soaking in more each time.Published 8 months ago by LeapOfFaaaith
This is a good book, calling Christians to get back to a faith that puts Jesus first in our lives.Published 8 months ago by D. R-Love