Jesus Manifesto – A Response from Author, Frank Viola

I had written a review of Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola on April 28, and then a second part on May 28 to more fully express what I meant to say in the first review. Because my comments section closes automatically after 7 days, Frank Viola did not have an opportunity to respond to my review. Having been contacted by Frank early in May, he suggested that we have a guest blog post with his response. I was glad to do it, and I let Frank know that I had already written a second part to my review, which I sent to him far ahead of its scheduled posting of May 28 so that he could provide an appropriate response.

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Jesus Manifesto – a book review 2

“What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” —Philippians 1:8
I’ve read the Advance Copy of Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ four times since Thomas Nelson Publishers sent it to me. I had written my initial review HERE on April 28th. One of the things I neglected to offer at the end of that review was whether I would recommend the book or not. “Would you, Jon Cardwell, recommend the reading of Jesus Manifesto?” Well, I’m not going to let you off that easy. You need to read this article first.

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Jesus Manifesto – a book review

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God…. But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;” —1 Corinthians 1:18, 23

When the word manifesto is used these days, one can either think of Francis Schaeffer (A Christian Manifesto), or perhaps Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones (An Emergent Manifesto of Hope), or even Karl Marx (Manifesto of the Communist Party). Coming to you from Thomas Nelson publishers on June 1, 2010 is the collaborative writing effort of Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola, Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ.

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