Saturday, July 3, 2010

Review: Jesus Manifesto

I am very pleased to be a writing a review on Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola.

Based upon my own experience, and from what I've heard from others, the Church (the body of Christ) has fallen asleep and/or lost its passion for the Gospel.  This is very sad.  There is an epidemic of apathy among Christians as to the state of this country and world.  We've become comfortable with the status quo and have taken to an occasional "tsk-tsk" shaking-of-the-head followed by a "what is this world coming to", yet do very little to change things.  This is tragic.

Jesus Manifesto attempts to remedy this by reminding Christians of their first love.  Jesus Christ.  The dominant theme is quite simply a reminder that Christ is All.  The authors point out how many believers get caught up in man-made traditions and doctrines yet completely forget what they are really all about.  Namely Christ.  We are losing our compassion and joy.  Many congregations encourage leadership and mission work to a degree of legalism, implying one cannot worship the Lord without an abundance of work.  Obviously working for the Lord is important, but sometimes believers forget that is not what saves us and do it out of duty, tradition or guilt.  This book reminds us we need to work for the Lord out of joy, gratitude and love.  Most importantly it drives home the point that it is ALL about Jesus.  Everything.  He is the Alpha and Omega.  The author and perfector of our faith.  If we only remember Jesus daily, everything else will fall into place.  It is a call to action.  The action?  Surrendering our hearts and lives to Christ, remembering He Is and Will Be, out of love and not duty or, certainly not, habit.
In short, as you may can guess, I HIGHLY recommend this book to all believers who may find themselves in a rut and are asking why?.  The back cover reads:  "It is a prophetic call to restore the supremacy and sovereignty of Christ in a world-and a church-that has lost sight of Him".  This is essential for all Christians so we may do what we were put here to do, bring glory to God and spread the Good News to a sick and dying world.
This Independence Day, let we, as Christians, reclaim our lives, homes and country for Christ.

This book was provided free of charge, for review, by Book Sneeze.

1 comment:

Mom of Many said...

Sounds like a very powerful book. I love when you do book reviews because I know if you like, I probably will too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one!