This recent book by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola has been released and caught by many people. As the initial reviewers of the book found within it have stated, this book calls our attention to the reality of Jesus. He is not the fluffy, nice guy or boyfriend most of us have been told about. Rather he is the King of the cosmos. This is what Sweet and Viola want us to regain.
With a focus on the correct representation of Christ (Christology), the two authors move forward with a thorough description of who Christ is and what that means for us. Their theological impetus behind the book is crucial for their view of the Church and its role in the world. If the Church does not know who Christ is, more than an intellectual assent, but a lively, spiritual knowing, than there is no potential for interaction and transformation of the world. However, they do not write for the sake of the Church alone, but for the glory of Jesus himself.
I found this book to be interesting and challenging. I must say, however, that as an avid reader of most things theological and having a Masters in theological studies, most of this book was covering familiar ground with encouraging words throughout. For the person who hasn’t delved much beyond a Sunday school view of Jesus this book would be a welcome challenge.
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