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I Am a Follower

The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus
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These two words echo the heart-defining call of our Lord Jesus Christ to his disciples. 

Sadly, this life-changing invitation has lost much of its original meaning. Immersed in a society that worships success, we have succumbed to a trendy
fixation with leadership. In I Am a Follower, author Leonard Sweet explains how Christians in a twenty-first-century corporate-obsessed culture have shifted away from a Jesus art of following toward a popularized form of leading.

Through a colorful mélange of practical applications, imaginative metaphors, and probing biblical exposition based in gospel truth, Sweet reveals that the summons of Jesus and the message of the New Testament point clearly to an emphasis not on imitation but on incarnation, not on leading but on following.

Join Sweet on an exciting and intentional journey from leadership cult to followership culture. Discover for yourself the way, the truth, and the abundant
life of following Jesus Christ and what it truly means to “Follow Me”!

“At times I felt like I was reading Jeremiah, challenging the shepherds of Israel. This is a much needed and long overdue book.”
—BOB ROBERTS, senior pastor, Northwood Church

“If there was ever a leader who could convince me that it’s really never been about leading, that would have to be Len Sweet. May we all, like Len, become followers.”
—MARK BATTERSON, lead pastor, National Community Church
Contributor(s) Leonard Sweet
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.
ISBN-10 0849946387
ISBN-13 9780849946387
Release Date Jan 3, 2012
Weight (lbs) 0.6600
Height 8.50
Width 5.5
Length 304
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Darrell
In the end we are all followers. That is Len Sweet’s point in I Am a Follower: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus (Thomas Nelson, 2012).

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)

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