Monday, May 31, 2010

Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (Book Review)

Christians have made the gospel about so many things--things other than Christ.  Religious concepts, ideas, doctrines, strategies, methods, techniques, and formulas have all eclipsed the beauty, the glory, and the reality of the Lord Jesus Himself.  On the whole, Christians today are starved for a real experience of the living Christ.  We know a lot about our Lord, but we don't know Him very well.  We know a lot about trying to be like Jesus, but very little about living by His indwelling life.

Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus ChristIn Jesus Manifesto, authors Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola set out to help Christians restore the supremacy and sovereignty of Jesus Christ.  They do this by first reminding us of how "glorious, limitless, amazing, incredible, expansive, incomparable, marvelous, stunning, staggering, majestic, mighty, matchless, [and] spectacular ..." Jesus is.  They go on to explain what that means to believers, and outline how many of us go wrong.

This book was a slow read for me.  While I fully agree with the premise, there were a few aspects of the book that I didn't care for.  I was uncomfortable with the sections written from the presumed perspective of God, one of which is a four-page paraphrasing of scripture.  At times the tone seems slightly patronizing.  And, while this isn't a negative as much as an observation, parts of the book seem to be directed at church leaders more than at "regular" believers.

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  1. Good points. I felt similarly. Here are my thoughts:

  2. I love good books but I know how it is when it's a slow read.


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