Monday, May 31, 2010

Jesus Manifesto

By Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola

Sweet and Viola have a singular voice in this work and it is a resounding call to escape from the “Youniverse” and to live in the truth that Jesus is calling each of us to partake in. They systematically address modern Christianity and discuss the flaws, as well as, an attainable alternative. The book starts out with an exceptional amount of scripture references and then quickly falls into the applications of the scripture within the body of believers. 

They do an excellent job of challenging Christians to live a life with Christ.  Repeatedly we are warned not to be like Jesus but to instead allow him to live within us.  It is a much needed reminder in a culture where Christianity can sometimes be worn around our necks like jewel that looks beautiful but upon close inspection is discovered to be worthless. 

My favorite chapter is “The Forgotten Tree” in which we are encouraged to stop living next to the tree of knowledge of good and evil and to instead partake in the tree of life, which is Jesus the Christ.  The majority of the book can be summed up in this quote “But there is nothing in life that is more fascinating than Christ. He is the most exciting person in the universe, bar none” (pg 136). 

Below is a preview of the book, I'd love to hear your thoughts!



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