Thursday, January 17, 2013

JESUS: A Theography

I have read many of Leonard Sweet’s books in the past and often find them provocative and challenging (and at the same time a bit wordy and flighty) but have always finished feeling I got something out of it.  I can’t say the same with JESUS by Sweet and Viola.

The purpose of this book is to reclaim the entire Bible as a gripping narrative about Jesus Christ.  It is a loft goal that many Christians have attempted to do in a small scale but I have not seen it attempted like this before.

Unfortunately to accomplish their goal they are forced to take scripture out of context and use a translation that suits their purpose.  I have to admit, I got angry and frustrated at their manipulation to make it serve their purpose.

After a while, I finally put the book down and said enough.

This book is so different from the approach that Sweet has taken in the past in works like The Gospel According To Starbucks, Aqua Church, SoulTsunami, etc.

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