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Should believers follow Christianity . . . or Christ? Should we point others to core values . . . or the cross? Charging that today's church has mistakenly framed conversion as a change of direction rather than a change in connection, Sweet and Viola offer a corrective "manifesto" featuring 10 crucial ways to restore the supremacy of Jesus himself. 176 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 0849946018
ISBN-13: 9780849946011

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Publisher's Description

"So that in everything He might have the supremacy."

—Colossians 1:18

Christians have made the gospel about so many things—things other than Christ. Religious concepts, ideas, doctrines, strategies, methods, techniques, formulas, "its" and "things" have all eclipsed the beauty, the glory, and the reality of the Lord Jesus Himself. On the whole, Christians today are starved for a real experience of the living Christ. We know a lot about our Lord, but we don't know Him very well. We know a lot about trying to be like Jesus, but very little about living by His indwelling life.

JESUS MANIFESTO presents a fresh unveiling of Jesus as not only Savior and Lord, but as so much more. It is a prophetic call to restore the supremacy and sovereignty of Christ in a world—and a church—that has lost sight of Him.

Every revival and restoration in the church has been a rediscovery of some aspect of Christ in the process of answering the ultimate question that Jesus put to His disciples: "Who do you say that I am?"

Read this book and see your Lord like you've never seen Him before.

Author Bio

Leonard Sweet is an author of many books, professor (Drew University, George Fox University, Tabor College), creator of, and a popular speaker throughout North America and the world. His "Napkin Scribbles" podcasts are available on  


Frank Viola has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. His mission is to help serious followers of Jesus know their Lord more deeply so they can experience real transformation and make a lasting impact. Viola has written many books on these themes, including God's Favorite Place on EarthFrom Eternity to Here, and Jesus Manifesto (with Leonard Sweet). His blog,, is rated as one of the most popular in Christian circles today.


This is a really exhilarating reintroduction to a Jesus who seems sometimes to have become a stranger to the Church; a passionate and joyful celebration of God with us, which cuts right through churchy quarrelling and brings us back to wonder, love and praise - and the urgent desire to make Him known to all. --Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

There cannot be enough books written about the majesties and excellencies of Christ. To see Jesus as He is will transform us from one degree or glory to the next. Everything is about Him, for Him and to Him. I am grateful that Frank and Leonard did the work and are putting this in the lap of so many. --Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church

Jesus Manifesto is the most powerful work on Christ I have read in recent years. I was hushed by its welcome authority. I found a lump in my throat as I read through page after page of Biblical witness to the one and only, incomparable Christ in whom alone is our Salvation. You must read this book. --Calvin Miller, professor of preaching and pastoral ministry at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama; Author, Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition and The Singer

Brilliant, refreshing, soaring – and that's just the first chapter! This book is destined to be a classic devotional volume that will inspire generations of Jesus-followers. The line from the song goes, "you can have all this world, but give me Jesus." This book does just that. --Reggie McNeal, Missional Leadership Specialist, Leadership Network; Author, The Present Future and Missional Renaissance

Viola and Sweet create a harmony here that invites you to give the world a Christianity worth believing in. After all, they will know we are Christians, not by our bumper stickers and t-shirts, but by our love. --Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and recovering sinner,

Whether you are a seminary professor or someone seeking answers about Christ for the first time, Jesus Manifesto promises to illuminate the truth about the greatest personality to ever walk the earth. And along the way you will rediscover, or experience for the first time, the power, prestige and primacy of Jesus Christ. --Ed Young, Pastor, Fellowship Church; Author, Outrageous, Contagious Joy

In Jesus Manifesto, Sweet and Viola ask us to step away out of the "Youniverse" (their word) of narcissistic religion and away from the pop-culture Jesus who is just a nice man. Throughout the book, they exalt Jesus as the divine Savior and ask the church to do the same. I believe this book will spark a renewed love for Christ by pointing us to the deep mystery of His person. You will be motivated to love and serve more deeply as your life is focused on Jesus the Messiah. --Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research

Jesus Manifesto calls us to Jesus’ Person and position as Lord of the Church, to hear Him call us to truth’s clarity, power’s purity and obedience’s reward, to restore that “saltness” that will keep His Church alive and penetrating in its impact. --Jack W. Hayford, Founding Pastor, The Church On The Way, Chancellor, The King’s Seminary

From beginning to end, authentic Christianity is all about Jesus and, ultimately, nothing but Jesus. No one has proclaimed this more clearly and persuasively than Viola and Sweet. Jesus Manifesto is an important and powerful prophetic call for the Martha-like Church to get back to doing "the one thing that is needful." --Dr. Gregory A. Boyd, Senior Pastor, Woodland Hills Church, Maplewood, MN. Author, Present Perfect, The Myth of a Christian Nation, and The Jesus Legend.

Publisher's Weekly

The Christian church is falling apart and in desperate need of a revival. According to professor Sweet (The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives) and bestselling author Viola (From Eternity to Here), “what is lacking is a groundbreaking revelation of Christ that boggles the mind and enraptures the heart.” Expanding on the authors’ 2009 online manifesto, this insistent, impassioned essay condemns as pharisaic those preachers who forgo a Christ-centered theology in favor of a cute, singular slogan or mission. The authors urge churches to focus on the man who embodies the entire religion. To do so, readers must learn the subtle distinction between following Christ and realizing Christ already lives within them. Some may find this message controversial, even pantheistic. Yet the biblical passages show the message is rooted in Scripture. The authors provide a lot to digest, but quotations from poets and philosophers break up the text and help readers grasp abstract concepts. Though most applicable to pastors and seminarians, all Christian readers will discover a new perspective and deeper purpose. (June) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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    Compelling message.
    June 11, 2012
    Longmeadow, MA
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    Peeling away the onion of time encrusted traditions and teachings about Jesus to get to the inner life source of the person. This is a much needed book for 21st Century Christianity.
  2. Rochester, MN
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    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Starts off so well-intended, but misses the mark
    December 1, 2011
    A Cluttered Mind
    Rochester, MN
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    Quality: 3
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    Meets Expectations: 1
    This is a review long overdue. I received this book, perhaps a year ago. I read through it quickly, as is my practice when I receive books to review. I want to get a sense, "Should I invest more time with this book?" I did give it a second, slightly less rapid read. Did I believe there was something more here? Were there nuggets I'd missed in my cursory first glance? Or was something else "nagging" at me?

    Sweet & Viola present a clear call to Jesus Christ as THE way to God. In a pluralistic culture that seeks to be tolerant of all faiths (an illogical act if there ever was one), this book will step on a lot of toes and cut off many a conversation by insisting that Jesus is the only true way to have a relationship with God. In that, I can commend them.

    However, something kept niggling at the back of my mind about this book; something seemed to be missing, or at least, just overlooked? This is why I gave the book just a bit more time. And I think I figured out what it was--the cross.

    Sweet and Viola don't go off the rails blatantly nor directly, but I wonder if what they say about the cross, or more accurately, what they don't say, is part of a bigger problem in so many evangelical churches today. I'm not convinced that the cross is held up in the way in which Scripture intended. Oh sure, the cross is mentioned early on in this book, but not as the offense to modern, sinful man, not as the cure for our sin-sickness, not as the truth that we are saved from something as much as we are saved to something.

    I think, in so many teacher/preacher/writer's attempt to be winsome with the gospel, to appear to be friendly to the "seeker", we set aside the offense of the cross. The "Sally Fields Syndrome," as I call it, settles in and we're overjoyed at the reality of the experience--"You like me! You really, really like me!" It's a heady thing. It's also dangerous to the power of the gospel. It's a completely different book, but the title of Ed Welch's latest offering hits too many of us evangelical preachers right between the eyes: "What Do You Think of Me? And Why Do I Care?"

    This is a book a really can't recommend. I can't say I'm against it, in the sense that I'm against Rob Bell's "Love Wins." Yet, I simply can't recommend it. There are too many other good books on the cross of Christ (John Stott's book by that very title, for one example) to be had out there that one should read.
  3. Huachuca City, Arizona
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is an eye-opener,
    November 22, 2010
    Ron Neeley
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    In the past, I have been reluctant to read material of this kind, fearing it to be "out there." I thank God I finally purchased this book. Viola & Sweet have done a masterful job putting the emphasis back where it is supposed to be...on Jesus Christ. If you, like me, have been wondering for years where the worship & glorification of Him has gone in order to serve some "agenda", i.e. "we're too busy working for the Lord to follow Him," than this is the book to read.
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    Best book I have seen in years!
    November 3, 2010
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
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    I have waited for a long time for a book on this topic with the right focus to come out. This should be required reading for anyone in ministry if they wish to remain true to the call and purpose of the Christian church. I have said for many years now that this is the missing key in American Christianity. No one who is a Christian will be disapointed with this book, it is all about their Jesus and how great he is.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 22, 2010
    Lane Reese
    "Jesus Manifesto" challenged and enriched me as I read it and reflected further on the Bible verses, quotes and text. Thus captivated, I began sharing "high points" with my wife Brenda and others who are now reading and realizing more of Jesus! The points from Colossians particularly touched me -- Jesus is my lighthouse!
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