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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: W Publishing Group (May 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849946018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849946011
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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About the Author

Leonard Sweet is an author of many books, professor (Drew University, George Fox University, Tabor College), creator of, and a popular speaker throughout North America and the world. His “Napkin Scribbles” podcasts are available on  


Frank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. His mission is to help serious followers of Jesus know their Lord more deeply so they can experience real transformation and make a lasting impact. Viola has written many books on these themes, including God's Favorite Place on Earth, From Eternity to Here, and Jesus Manifesto (with Leonard Sweet). His blog,, is rated as one of the most popular in Christian circles today.

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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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By Bart Breen TOP 1000 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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Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola do a great job at restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ. At, times I felt this book lacked a flow from chapter to chapter. It made up for in in Chapter 3 titled, If God Wrote your Biography. For the rest of the book, it felt like I have read this all before. I enjoyed the way it was written and felt that Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola did justice of Jesus' Supremacy and Sovereignty in layman's terms.

If there was any reason to read this book it would be because of chapter 3, titled, If God Wrote your Biography. Leonard Sweet starts by saying, "We open this chapter by making an incredible statement: If God were to write your biography, it would be Jesus Christ." I think that living in a culture where life is all about me, this is such a radical concept. Our life is Christ. We make it about everything else, my possession's, my health, security, ect. Life isn't about that, it really is about Jesus Christ. They the author moves on to ask a question, "How would your biography read if God were to write it?" That is a great question. I think that takes more than a chapter to think about. We are so focused on ourselves. We think that we are inviting God into our stories, but we really God is inviting us into his. It isn't about us. This was a hard chapter to read in a society that I live in. I think that this book is worth it just for this one chapter.

Do you really need another book on the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Christ? Maybe you really love Leonard Sweet? I would recommend this book to a friend in ministry because of chapter 3. I enjoy Leonard Sweet's books in the past, and I enjoyed this one. I give this book 4 out of 5 review.
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