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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: W Publishing Group (June 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849946018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849946011
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #264,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leonard Sweet is the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University (NJ), a distinguished visiting professor at George Fox University (OR), and a weekly contributor to and the podcast Napkin Scribbles. A pioneer in online learning with some of the highest "influence" rankings of any religious figure in the world of social media (Twitter, Facebook), he has authored numerous articles, sermons, and more than fifty books.

Frank Viola is a popular conference speaker and the best-selling author of numerous books on the deeper Christian life, including Epic Jesus, Revise Us Again, From Eternity to Here, and Jesus Manifesto (coauthored with Leonard Sweet). His blog Beyond Evangelical is rated as one of the most popular in Christian circles today.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Ouellette on June 2 2010
Format: Hardcover
I want to begin this review with a quote taken from the last chapter:

We live in a day when what sells best in the Christian world are books, sermons, and television programs that are aimed directly at you ' This Is Your Day, You Are the Reason for the Season, Become a Better You, It's Your Time, The Me I Want to Be, The Life You've Always Wanted, and similar titles orbiting around the Youniverse. We would now like to take all the arrows that point to you and bend them back to our Lord. ' p.166, italics original, bold mine.

Thus the purpose for the Jesus Manifesto!

It is a book which seeks to restore the 'Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ', and with great passion, these authors pull no punches! I don't know any Christians who would intentionally deny the Supremacy of Jesus, but we don't always operate as intentionally as we should. So here's a few questions adopted from the book to see if Christ is Supreme in you:
Question: Do You Preach Missional?

Why do we preach and teach all sorts of other things [besides Jesus]? As we write these words, there's a lot of talk about being 'missional.' But to be truly missional means constructing one's life and ministry on Christ' God's grand mission is what the New Testament calls 'the eternal purpose.' And in the dead center of that purpose is the living Christ. ' p.57

Question: Do You Strive to Live Like Christ?

If Christ is in you, then the Christian life is not about striving to be something you are not. It is about becoming what you already are' "As He is, so are we in this world." [1 John 4:17] ' p.58

Question: Is Conversion About You?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bart Breen TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 1 2011
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Christianity seems at this time more than most to be going through something of an identity crisis within the United States. Institutional mainline denominations have been decreasing in membership while the demographics of them are waxing older. Evangelical churches have been closing on a large scale and consolidating into larger "mega-churches" that appear to have a greater presence and role in many communities. However, when pollsters, such as George Barna, examine the responses from members of these larger more "relevant" churches the findings are that there actually isn't much difference in the lifestyles and value systems inside those churches than there is outside.

So what is happening? What is at the core of many of these trends?

Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola believe they have some insight into what is taking place. So these two friends coming as they do from different contexts (Leonard is closely associated with the Emergent Church movement and Frank is a strong influence in the Organic Church movement) unite to present their joint conviction that it is Jesus who is the core of Christianity and it is the core that must be re-established.

The Jesus Manifesto as a book, is an extension of a document prepared by Sweet and Viola and dissseminated through their blogs and social network connections. The brief document (brief realtive to the book) provides an outline of the issues that are fleshed out here.

It's hard to imagine this book being controversial in the sense that anyone would take issue as Christians that Christ needs to be central to everything we are and do. Yet, for some, surprisingly it has been controversial. Some attempt through the use of guilt by association tactics to write off what Sweet and Viola have to say.
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In a day where Christianity seems to look a bit different everywhere we look, Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola challenge us to focus on the essentials - namely, Jesus Christ. Their book, Jesus Manifesto, is designed to help us realize that "Christianity is Christ - nothing more, nothing less" (23). This book does a great job at repackaging different tenets that are crucial to what it means to be Christian. For example, they take a look at the old adage, "What would Jesus do?" and challenge it by saying that it does not properly represent what it means to be Christian. Instead, they say that we should be asking, "What is Christ doing through me...through us? And how is He doing it?" (68). They also challenge the popular view that many have regarding the kingdom of God. Instead of viewing the kingdom of God as something that we can usher or bring in, as if we were imperialistic, they propose that "the kingdom is a presence that we enter, a gem-like gift that we receive and treasure, a new creation that engulfs and embraces us" (110). Consequently, this book is more of a devotional than it is a theological textbook. In either case, it's a great read that refocuses our attention on Jesus the Christ.

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Today's world is becoming ever more secular. It is hard to make time for church or for any spiritual practices. Sometimes it is easier to ask ourselves why should I go to church, what has God done for me lately? The Jesus Manifesto is a book for that person. It also a good book for the regular church goer. Sweet and Viola work together to create a book that asks the question, Who is Jesus? They work hard to make the reader try to find that answer for themselves.

At times the book can sound a little evangelical, but the writers work to help the reader look at Christ through a new lens. The Jesus Manifesto is easy to read, although at times it can be a hard read for a couple pages. I liked the fact that the book was well organized, it was broken up into short chapters, each discussing something slightly different. This made it easier to read when I had a few minutes here and there. I felt as if I was having a discussion with the book as I read. The author's ask questions to help the reader think. The book also has some humor to it. I appreciated reading some of the chapters, an example is one chapter the authors have wrote tries to answer the question, how would God write your biography.

The Jesus Manifesto offers a nice balance between scripture and theologians. I found the book well balanced and tried to get at the reader to come to their own conclusions. The authors draw on some of the top theologians throughout the book and this works well. I would rate this book a 4/5.
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