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Special Discount on Jesus Manifesto Tomorrow

Thomas Nelson sent me an advanced readers copy of Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and sovereignty of Jesus Christ by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola.  This book will be on special discount from Amazon on tomorrow, Tuesday, June 1st, the official release date.  You can learn more by going to TheJesusManifesto site.

I’ve had a chance to read about half the book up to this point.  It is basically a call to make Christ central to our lives, since they believe Jesus is getting shortchanged today (xxvi).  Sweet and Viola are concerned that the “good news” has been too disconnected from Christ and so are reminding people that “conversion is more than a change in direction; it’s a change in connection” (xxii) namely to Christ.  They feel the church has lost its first love.  Scripture references are abundant.

I may write a full review of this book after I finish reading it, for I’m just halfway through it.  While the central call of the book is one I applaud and think is needed in our day, there are some things about the book that I would want to engage with a bit more – their distinction between imitating Jesus and “imparting” or “implanting” Christ (68), their allusion to justified violence (95), their approach to Christ living through us (99), and their view on Jesus and politics (ch7).  I’d like to engage with these when I have some time, but wanted to let you know about the special tomorrow. I appreciate this deep and challenging manifesto of Jesus.

Have you read the book yet?  If so, what are some of your thoughts about the book?

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