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Jesus Manifesto

Author Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola
Narrator Sean Runnette
Runtime 6 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date December 16, 2009
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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.

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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.

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Sweet + Viola = Strange Bedfellows
This book makes strange bedfellows of two leaders whose writings are usually gobbled up by their respective small tribes of devotees.

The book itself is an expansion of the document, which goes by the same name, the two posted online in June 2009.

Viola has an anti-institutional church bent that he's voiced before (see Pagan Christianity and ReImagining Church), while Sweet comes across as wishing he were a 15th century French philosopher.

The format of the book doesn't disclose who is writing which portion, but it comes obvious: chapters with anti-church sentiments are from Viola, while chapters with quotes from random monks are from Sweet.

Manifestos, typically, are written to be punchy, controversial, and specific. I sensed none of that in this book. Instead, I found this book to be cheesy, uncontroversial, and vague. They never named names but only went on ad nauseum with metaphors describing how high and lofty Jesus is. If you had never heard of Jesus, you would come away from this book without realizing that he was a real human being.

The problem I have with this book is not its call to follow and worship Jesus, but that they never really define which Jesus it is to whom we should ascribe worth. Is it the "homeboy Jesus" of the Hollywood-types, the "baby Jesus" of Ricky Bobby, or the Jesus who lived, was killed in a public execution, and was resurrected within the ongoing story of people who believed themselves to be called by God.

In the final analysis, it seems that Sweet and Viola want to challenge the people who are intent on praying and embodying the Lord's Prayer. It seems they want those people to give up that agenda and, instead, become modern-day, middle-class mystics who meet in suburban house churches, chanting to a disembodied Jesus while sipping coffee from Starbucks.

This may be harsh, and not everyone will agree with my assessment; but it's just the way I see it.
Review by / (Posted on 5/2/2011)
Good, but didn't hold my interest
“The Jesus Manifesto” by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (narrated by Sean Runnette) discusses the focal point of Christianity: Jesus Christ.
For the most part, I agreed with the theology of the book. The authors discuss the fundamental difference between Christianity and other religions. It is having a relationship with Jesus Christ, not a set of moral rules. However, some of the things said were confusing to me. I'm not sure if I just misunderstood what was said or if I didn't understand theologically where the authors were coming from. One example was when the authors mentioned that Jesus couldn't do what He did without the Father. I understand that Jesus submitted His will to the Father, but the way the authors said it, it sounded as if Jesus and the Father were two different people. Also, the Bible makes it clear that Jesus was completely human and completely God. The authors discuss the trinity in a later chapter, and I totally agree with what they said.
Sean Runnette narrated the book well. He had a pleasant voice and good pacing. However, it was hard for me to keep focused on listening. I'm not sure if it was the content of the audiobook or the narration.
This review was written as part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program. I received “The Jesus Manifesto” by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola free of charge.
Review by / (Posted on 1/21/2011)
Great Material, Poor Narration
Loved this book and give it 5 stars; however, I found Sean Runnette's reading style very affected and difficult to listen too. Not sure I could even pass on the audio version. Good thing I have the print version too and I will pass that on.

Review by / (Posted on 1/3/2011)
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