Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ, by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola
Sweet and Viola penned a very blunt; no holes bared look at what the gospel really points to, Christ. Over time following Christ has turned into following things that we think Christ might be involved in or care about and that simply is not the gospel. What impressed me most about this book is that it did not insult my intelligence. While I would recommend the book to just about everyone it is particularity an important read for anyone who is in that place of realizing that being a Christian is both more and an easy yoke then what they feel “Christian Culture” has taught us but are not quite sure where the path took a twist.
I have heard several Calvinist cheer Sweet and Viola for making such a book and others condemn it. The last 3rd takes on the topic of social justice. For me, I get their point and tend to agree. You cannot claim and follow Jesus without being so changed and grown that the hurting, poor, rejected, sick and widowed do not pain your heart and therefore elicit a response of action. Conversely you also cannot make social justice your faith.
Read with an open heart and a longing for Jesus, this book is great for re-establishing where exactly it is your vision should be solely on Jesus. The authors do an excellent job of taking their time with the scriptures they share. They don’t just site a verse to prove their point. They start with the scripture reference then dive in and discuss it. I like this approach because it demonstrates the point the authors are making you start with Jesus and He affects your life. You don’t start with religion and then use the Bible and Jesus to prove your point. We have needed a book like this for some time.