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I Am a Follower

The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus
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“FOLLOW ME.”

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

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In the end we are all followers. August 15, 2012

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.

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Review by Darrell

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I Am a Follower : The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus, Leonard Sweet
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“FOLLOW ME.”

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

More Information

Length 304 Pages
Publication Date January 3, 2012
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 0849946387
ISBN-13 9780849946387
Height 8.4"
Width 5.5"