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Viral by Leonard Sweet
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Apr 23, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 23 to May 02, 2012

An incredible work by one of the most futuristic Christian authors of our time. When I started the book, I was under the assumption that this work would be readable only once because of the specific technologies that Sweet centers his ideas around: Twitter, Google, iPhone and Facebook.

Fortunately, Sweets uses one well-constructed analogy (and "narraphor," as he calls them) after another to transcend simplistic, unoriginal ideas like how-to's on technology and what-would-Jesus-do methodologies. Sweet cuts to the core of the current Christian culture by examining our social networking habits in ways that reveal the strengths and weaknesses behind our obeying of the greatest Second Commandment: Love thy neighbor as thyself.

His comparisons between "Gutenburgers" (those of the previous generations) and "Googlers" (current generation) truly help one generation understand the other. And we should be understanding: It's our only chance of succeeding.

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