|About the Contributor(s)||Leonard Sweet
Leonard Sweet (PhD, University of Rochester) holds the E. Stanley Jones chair at Drew University. Founder and president of SpiritVenture Ministries, he also serves as a distinguished visiting professor at George Fox University, and is the chief writer for preachingplus.com. Sweet is a popular speaker and has written numerous books, including Jesus Drives Me Crazy, SoulTsunami, SoulSalsa, Carpe Mañana, and (with Brian McLaren and Jerry Haselmeyer) A Is for Abductive: The Language of the Emerging Church.
|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 8/15/2012)