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The Gospel According to Starbucks by Leonard Sweet
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Apr 25, 2012

it was ok

This is one of those books that has a few great passages, but the vast majority of the text can otherwise be skimmed. The main thrust of the book is that the Christian life must be experienced through tactile senses, expressions of hospitality and an EPIC passion. These ideas are thought-provoking, but the book lacks concrete application to the individual life. I got tired of all the talk about Starbucks and why that company is so great.

Here's one of the best passages in the book:

“Authentic Christian experience is not playing praise music on your car radio or placing your body in a pew to listen to a sermon. Authentic Christian experience is the process of establishing provenance, of growing into Christ. The world is not impressed that people attend church on Sunday morning. If anything, such a habit is viewed as a quaint waste of time. But imagine if every Christian in the world were living as a little Christ. Such provenance is not just a passionate transforming experience for the Christian; it’s also a tantalizing expression of the gospel to the outside world. Starbucks opens stores on the opposite street corners because of the draw of passion and authentic experience. But what is the draw of Christian faith if that faith is not practiced and experienced?”—Leonard Sweet, The Gospel According to Starbucks, 2007
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