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What Matters Most: How We Got the Point but Missed the Person

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Belief can exist in isolation, but faith requires a relationship

Why wade in the shallows of belief when you can plunge into the depths of faith? Belief involves a different way of thinking, but faith brings about a new way of living. It grows through direct experience and a close relationship, both of which come as you follow Jesus.

As Christians we often talk about develop
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by WaterBrook
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Oct 03, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I especially liked the historical stories and references sprinkled liberally throughout. The stories were many, varied, almost all new to me and tied in well with the subject at hand.

I did not think the book was “gripping” but it was close. It was engaging and thought provoking. I found myself nodding my head in agreement and inwardly saying, “Yes, I agree”, on several ocassions.

The best part was the first two chapters where the author covered the basics o
Sep 02, 2012 James rated it really liked it
This is not a new book. It is a new title for a book that is eight years old. Waterbrook Multnomah has latched onto a marketing strategy for giving older books a new lease on life by re-releasing them with a brand new title. Titles are often the privilege of the publisher anyway, so certainly re-titling is their prerogative. Of the five re-titled books I have read from Waterbrook Press I have read, at least three of them benefited from the re-christening. So does this one. Previously released as ...more
Oct 25, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it
Never before have I been so surprised by a book.

Leonard Sweet has experienced a re-release; What Matters Most used to be titled Out of the Question...Into the Mystery. I was expecting the typical hum-drum faith-based inspirational reading but what I got was punch-in-the-gut awesomeness.

Christianity: a series of truths, or a relationship to be lived out? Maybe both? Sweet attacks this debate from the post-modern worldview and defends the need for relationship with God.

Filled with eight parts, eac
Jan 18, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
I received What Matters Most by Leonard Sweet for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

We all have relationships, whether we are the most outgoing person or prefer to spend much of our time alone. In Leonard Sweet's book, what Matters Most, he discusses an overall theme of "Faith Is a Relationship" (Part I) while exploring seven areas of relationship:

Our Relationship With God (Part II)
Our Relationship With God's Story (Part III)
Our Relationship With Other People of Fai
Aug 30, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I've always enjoyed Len Sweet's writing and this 200 page book is as thought provoking and academically sharp as they come. Perhaps my age (43) helps me to connect with many of his illustrations. New Coke and the rise of the personal computer are two I recall from this text.

My only critique of Len's work is, it doesn't know when to stop. This book for instance boasts "Bonus online content available!", it also contains, questions for personal conversation and shared conversation. Neither of whic
Joel Jackson
Sep 13, 2012 Joel Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
In a time when our society exists in the midst of broken relationships, such as those caused by the rampant social disease of divorce or those caused by a dependence on social netowrking, Leonard Sweet's book, "What Matters Most" truly matters. In this book Sweet deftly defends the notion that all human beings are created for relationships--a relationship with God and relationships with other human beings. Most interesting for theologically minded individuals is the exploration of Abraham and ...more
Marcus Lynn
Nov 14, 2012 Marcus Lynn rated it it was amazing
Don’t read this book or any Leonard Sweet book if you’re comfortable with your theology and biblical understanding. Do read this book if you want to be challenged (within an orthodox context) about your understanding of some well-known biblical texts and theological concepts.

Sweet’s main focus in “What Matters Most” is relationship and it’s connection to faith. He demonstrates this from the beginnings of the Old Testament through the New Testament. This is so important in a day when Christians s
Aug 14, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it

When books get re-printed with a new title it seems as if the author is looking for a do-over, or trying to capitalize on the different name and make some extra cash. I’m all for capitalism, book it does seem a little disingenuous. And I’m not the world’s most effusive when it comes to self-help, or let-me-tell-you-how-to-be-better books.
Previously published as “Out of the Question … Into the Mystery,” nothing is lost or overdone in the re-issue. A great read which raises some very good points a
Jul 05, 2012 Norbert rated it it was amazing
The progression of thought contained is one that challenges my learned certainties of church and faith. Inviting me into a much broader experience of Jesus. Not as one to know about, but Jesus as a person who knows and loves me and desires a flesh and blood, honest relationship, with me. Extending a hand out of the mystery, pulling me in to join the dance.
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Leonard I. Sweet is an author, preacher, scholar, and ordained United Methodist clergyman currently serving as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School, in Madison, New Jersey; and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon.
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