|About the Contributor(s)||Leonard Sweet
Leonard Sweet is the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University (NJ), a distinguished visiting professor at George Fox University (OR), and a weekly contributor to Sermons.com and the podcast Napkin Scribbles. A pioneer in online learning with some of the highest "influence" rankings of any religious figure in the world of social media (Twitter, Facebook), he has authored numerous articles, sermons, and more than fifty books.
|Release Date||Jan 3, 2012|
- Review by Darrell
As a minister who is frequently inundated with material on how to be a better church leader, Sweet’s book is a helpful rejoinder. Sweet is not claiming that there isn’t a need for leaders or leadership. Rather, it is that roles or functions that are undertaken when necessary should not be confused with our real identity as followers.
Disciples are first followers who follow the way, the truth, and the life of their Leader, Jesus Christ. Most of the book expands upon each of these and Sweet, who likes to play with words, labels them the Via, Verita, and Vita. Each section of the book is followed by “Interactives” which could be used for group study.
Overall, I appreciated Sweet’s emphasis on the importance of followership. Those who know me well would say that this is probably due to my personality type which has never scored high on various leadership diagnostic tools. But maybe those tools are not the right ones for measuring the life to which I’ve been called — following Jesus.
Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. (Posted on 8/15/12)