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Jesus Manifesto

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What is Christianity? It is Christ. Nothing more, nothing less. Christianity is not an ideology and not a philosophy. Christianity is the Good News that beauty, truth, and goodness are found in a Person. And conversion? It's more than a change in direction; it's a change in connection.
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published 2010 by Thomas Nelson
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Bart Breen
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 o ...more
When I was offered the opportunity to preview “Jesus Manifesto” by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola, the subtitle immediately caught my eye. A passion for Christ’s supremacy and sovereignty in all things appears to me to be sadly lacking in much of the church today. In the introduction, Sweet and Viola claim to present “razor-sharp, cut-glass clarity of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Alpha and Omega”. So, do they deliver?

To a large extent, they do. “Jesus Manifesto” presents a much larger, exalted vi
Clockstein Lockstein
Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola is a message of revolution to the Western church. The authors, well known for their many books, want to change the focus of our faith. As a church, we often pick and choose the aspects of Jesus we want to focus on like social justice or loving shepherd, and we forget about his more difficult sides, but in doing so, we lose the truth of who he is and what it means to follow him. We've turned faith into an being all about ourselves. Being better peo ...more
The theme of this book is not really anything fancy, it is simply a call for Christians and the church to return to the supremacy of Jesus Christ. It is a much needed call for the church is often distracted by so many other things. Sweet and Viola's book is a refreshing reminder that Christianity at its core is and needs to be about the person and work of Jesus Christ.

There are a few minor qualms one could have with this book. We could ask whether Colossians truly is the "high-water mark of divi
Eric Dunn
I just finished up this book and I have to say it is one of the best Religion based books I have read in a long time. I read a lot of books in this genre because I work at a church so I like to keep up with what's coming out.

I think the greatest thing about this book is the simplicity of it. The message, at least as I read it, was short and sweet: keep Christ as the center of your life and let Him live through you and in you. Now, that may sound stupid to many of you because we know that that is
I recently received a copy of the Jesus Manifesto. It seemed like a great book to really grasp what Jesus is all about. I anticipated a work that would outlines many relevant Scriptures all pointing to Jesus being the center of the Christian faith. In theory the book does just that. The authors present all sorts of Scripture to declare that Jesus should be the focus of the church body and how the church has lost sight of this. But in practice, it was incredibly difficult to swallow the context i ...more
I'm only halfway through this book so far but I keep remembering something from seminary. I know one of the authors personally, Leonard Sweet. I took as many classes with him as I could while at Drew University and read everything of his that came out. When The Gospel According to Starbucks was published, another of my professors commented that Len never says anything new in his books. He's been saying the same thing in book after book for years. And she was absolutely right. The Jesus Manifesto ...more
I wasn't really impressed with the title of the book but a friend gave it to me so I read it.
And I am glad I did. The theme is all about Jesus Christ and not a religion or even theology but the person of Christ living in and through us.
I need to read it a few more times to more fully grasp some of their thoughts (like don't pray to be like Christ-its impossible...) and its kinda a train of thought, jumpy, all over the place book. After the first chapter I was wondering how they were going to wri
Wow what an book!! This is so much more than just another audio book about Jesus. This is encounter with Jesus that I really need everyday. This is not a devotional, although it could be used as such, this is a wonderful uncovering of who I should be worshipping and living for.
I don’t know what I was expecting from this audio, but it has certainly got me thinking and meditating about Jesus so much more, something I’ve been unsuccessful at for years.
The narrator, Sean Runette was very clear and
I try to read as many Leonard Sweet books as possible, so I read this book as soon as it came out. Sweet has a knack for examining scriptural concepts in a way that's slightly out of the box, which makes them fresh and new. In addition, his writing appeals to my inner academic in that his claims are well sourced and he provides many, many end notes so that I can double check his evidence and conclusions. (Sometimes I disagree with his conclusions, but mostly not.)

This book is one of the best fro
Leonard does an great job of pointing out a hidden reality.
We love to be religious, not His.
We love to follow a list of good behaviors, not follow Him.
We love to have others think we are Christian, not be Christian!

Will the church ever quit trying to be a church, and simply follow Him?
Marcus Lynn
The book started slow for me but the writing is SO poetic in terms of its description of my Lord Jesus that at times I simply had to re-read a page several times to bask in its beauty.
Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola have teamed up to write JESUS MANIFESTO--a declaration that Jesus Christ is supreme and sovereign. It is obvious that the Church can easily get swept up in and distracted by programs, strategies, doctrines, and plenty of other "good things," and this can cause us to forget that Jesus truly is our all in all. We can get so caught up in talking about Him and doing things for Him, but we might not actually be getting to know Him--He who is the Way, the Truth, and the L ...more
John Martindale
There were definitely some good points made throughout this book, but there was something about the tone of it that really turned me off. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator sounded like a father giving his son a stern, shame-inducing talking to. Much of the book felt like one long guilt trip; chapter after chapter of all we're doing wrong, leaving one feeling hopelessly in a hole that no one could get out of. Of course they then mention what we're suppose to be, do and believe which is ...more
Jared Totten
As I picked up Jesus Manifesto, I was unsure what I was in for. The subtitle "Restoring the supremacy and sovereignty of Jesus Christ" had my hopes set high but I have been disappointed before when I let them get too high. After all, I told myself, the Calvinistic idea of the sovereignty of Christ that so often gets me worked up is not the sort that needs to be restored in the first place. It's immovable and unchangeable, no restoration necessary. And if we're talking about some other sort . . . ...more
Nate LaClaire
What is Christianity? It is Christ – nothing more and nothing less. Unfortunately, the church has lost sight of this simple fact, say Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola in their new book, Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ. We focus on Christianity and not on the living Christ. We are meant to be living epistles – “Jesus Manifestos” – in our world, but we are instead trivializing the gospel by practicing religiosity rather than fostering relationships with our Sa ...more
Kevin Sorensen
This is a review long overdue. I received this book, perhaps a year ago. I read through it quickly, as is my practice when I receive books to review. I want to get a sense, "Should I invest more time with this book?" I did give it a second, slightly less rapid read. Did I believe there was something more here? Were there nuggets I'd missed in my cursory first glance? Or was something else "nagging" at me?

Sweet & Viola present a clear call to Jesus Christ as THE way to God. In a pluralistic c
Jason Evans

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I mentioned earlier that I was reading Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola. And here it is:

There has been a lot of attention over recent years drawn to the two authors of the book, Jesus Manifesto. Beginning about a decade ago, Leonard Sweet stirred imaginations and pushed boundaries of the evangelical community concerning Church and Christianity in a postmodern context. Frank Viola was for years on the fringes of Christian publishing, writing primari
It has been 10+ years since I read a Leonard Sweet book. This is my first Frank Viola book. The first couple of Len Sweet books I read I really liked and then I started to get annoyed at how trendy they were and how eager he was to ride the post modern wave (remember that?).

This was refreshing in that it was a book which was dedicating to not getting stuck in trends, false-steps and wrong priorities. This book was about refocusing on Jesus as the author and finisher, beginning and end. Len and
Josh Morgan
This was first posted on my blog, Jacob's Café.

Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola's The Jesus Manifesto looked rather interesting when I got a review copy of the audiobook from christianaudio. I've heard many good things about Sweet and Viola, so I was excited to listen to this book.

For a text that is based in so much passion, I once again was disappointed by the fact that neither of the authors read their text. So much is missed when the author does not read their own text.

I think that would have ma
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
I tried, I really did. For over three weeks. Almost every page I managed to get through had a statement or two or three that clashed so resoundingly with my own belief system that I couldn't even push myself to get through it.

While there is nothing implicitly wrong in stating that Jesus should be more present in Christian speech, and at the pulpit on Sunday (He should), I don't believe that the center of Christian worship is Jesus, although the belief of salvation through His sacrifice is a must
I was very disappointed in this book. I've never read anything by Leonard Sweet (and am highly unlikely to try anything else after this one), but I have read some of Viola's work and really enjoyed it. It actually took me three tries to get through this book, and it was only my stubbornness that got me through it the last time. The main disappointment is that the majority of the book really says nothing. The authors spend a couple hundred pages telling me that Jesus is awesome. Well, I already k ...more
This was pretty disappointing. With all of the hype and attention this is getting I expected more. The princples in are sound, if familiar. I think it's length really took away a lot of it's power. I think it would have worked a lot better if it had been a long magazine article in Christianity today. It threw out a lot of principles and idea, but in my opinion didn't really dig deep enough to make any of them particularly compelling. Also, I didn't feel it was working toward a conclusion... othe ...more
Thomas Freeman
Wasn't impressed.

I grabbed this book primarily because of the title and to finally read something by this author. I found the book to be "ok".

The sub-title does clearly define the book. The primary title sounds a bit edgy and radical but the book really turned out to be simple chapters saying much of the same thing over and over again. There was no new insights or clearer ways of presenting the truths than what has been presented before. There was also a lack of application that would make us se
Andrew Neveils
First, this book paints a beautiful, holy picture of Christ -- as it should. This is important to note, and were this all that mattered in the Christian faith this review would be an easy 5 stars.

However, Sweet and Viola are extremely soft on our sinful nature. They make one or two mentions, but neglect the true depth of how dead in our trespasses and sins we are. This makes the Good News of Jesus truly good.

They use hyperbolic language frequently, which makes some of their descriptions and prin
My friend Jesse was reading this book and showed me some great passages. The book is returning to Jesus being center of our lives, which sounds basic because it is. But it does chop a little bit at those of us who have fallen in love with ministry or pet causes or even family.

I appreciated that the book causes you to look at Jesus closer and it causes you to worship.

Certain sections fell flat with me, where Jesus is 'speaking to me personally.' I'm just a little uncomfortable with the book takin
Fantastic. Those of us who profess to be followers and worshipers of Jesus spend most of our time getting entangled and immersed in all manner of religious philosophies, controversies, and trivia when, as Sweet and Viola, powerfully portray we're missing the person who is at the heart of the universe. The writing and flow can be a little uneven, as you might expect from a co-authored book, but in general it's well-written. I highly recommend this book for those who love the church, those who bel ...more
Loved, helped my heart to Love Him more!!!
Simple yet profound. A quick read that cuts to the heart of what 'a wrong with modern day American Christianity (both conservative and liberal), and offers a simple way forward ... Jesus.
Brilliant book.
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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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