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Carpe Mañana [Hardcover]

By Leonard Sweet (Author)
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A "naturalization manual" to help Christians lead in this strange new world of postmodern culture. Leonard Sweet, an "outside the box" thinker, offers strategies for leaders to put their faces, not their backs, to the future.

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.89 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2001
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310239478  
ISBN13  9780310239475  
UPC  025986239473  

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More About Leonard Sweet

Leonard Sweet Leonard Sweet is a scholar of USAmerican culture; a semiotician who "sees things the rest of us do not see, and dreams possibilities that are beyond most of our imagining;" and a preacher and best-selling author who communicates the gospel with a signature bridging of the worlds of faith, academe, and popular culture. In 2006 and 2007, Len was voted by his peers “One of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America” by ChurchReport Magazine, and in 2010, he was selected by the top non-English Christian website as one of the “Top 10 Influential Christians of 2010.” His popular podcast, “Napkin Scribbles,” is widely quoted, and his weekly sermon contributions to have made that site the top preaching resource for pastors in North America. For nine years, he and his wife wrote the entire content for the weekly preaching resource Homiletics. In 2005 Len introduced the first open-source preaching resource on the Web, Len’s microblogs on twitter and facebook rank as two of the most influential social media sites in the world. You can find some of Len’s talks on his youtube channel, Founder and President of SpiritVenture Ministries (SVM), in 1995 Len launched Sweet's SoulCafe, a spirituality newsletter purchased by Broadman&Holman Publishing. Len is a popular and highly sought-after speaker throughout North America and around the world. In the past couple of years he has spoken in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, England, Wales, South Africa, South Korea, Iceland, Scotland, and most recently, China, Indonesia, and Latvia.

Author of more than 200 hundred articles, 1300+ published sermons, and more than fifty books, Leonard Sweet’s publications include the best sellers Soul Tsunami, Aqua Church, Jesus Manifesto (with Frank Viola), and Jesus: A Theography (with Frank Viola), as well as many other volumes that are revolutionizing the church’s mission. Len released multiple books in 2012, including Viral: Why Social Media is Poised to Ignite Revival; What Matters Most; the e-book, Real Church in a Social Network World; I Am A Follower; The Greatest Story Never Told: Revive Us Again. In 2011 Len published his first novel, The Seraph Seal (co-authored with Lori Wagner) with an innovative website, Several more books are scheduled for release in 2013/14: the ground-breaking preaching textbook, Giving Blood: A Fresh New Paradigm for Preaching (Zondervan), The Well-Played Life (Tyndale), Me to We ( ), and a new way to tell the scriptures, My Story, My Song (with Byounho Zho). Len published the first religion e-book on amazon: The Dawn Mistaken for Dusk in 2000.

Currently the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University, Madison, NJ and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University, Portland, Oregon, Len was Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Theological School at Drew University from 1995 to 2001. Previous to Drew, Len served for eleven years as President and Professor of Church History at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio and is currently their President Emeritus. Prior to 1985, Len was Provost of Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York when he was in his late 20s. Involved in leadership positions in the United Methodist Church, Len has been chosen to speak at various Jurisdictional and General Conferences as well as the 1996 World Methodist Congress in Rio de Janeiro. He also serves as a consultant to many of America's denominational leaders and agencies. He is a member of the West Virginia Annual Conference.

Leonard Sweet currently resides in Madison, in the state of New Jersey.

Leonard Sweet has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Emergent Ys (Paperback)
  2. Library of Living Faith
  3. Resonate

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Required reading  Oct 30, 2003
As a baby boomer with native children (college and post-college) Carpe Manana gave me wonderful insight into their spirtuality and others whom I shepherd. For parents and elders wondering what in the world is happening in our churches and among the so-called natives (post 1962)Leonard Sweet has written the handbook. This book should be required reading for anyone who doubts that God is working in this generation. Sweet's most telling comment is that the GenXers are the most spiritual in decades but the last place they look for the spirit is in church. A hard lesson to be learned.
Solid/Not Revolutionary  Dec 12, 2002
Carpe Manana is a good book for Baby Boomer "immigrants" who want to find out what in the world in going with PostModerns. This book is a continuation of Sweet's work on this topic, and he provides a relevant text for those wishing to understand why the landscape is changing. For those out there who don't like Sweet's writing style, get over it. He has a good message that is well informed and thought out, and he is relevant. Sweet is an example of someone who realized things changed, and he wanted to be a part of it. From a Gen-X perspective, this book is fairly boring because, it is how it is for us, we do not know any differently, save those modern Gen-Xers who refuse to change. This book will either challenge you, bore you, or make you angry. I hope you check it out.
seizing tomorrow or freezing yesterday?  Mar 27, 2002
i'm sure in all generations there have been and will always be those who doggedly refuse to admit that change is an essential element of life...

leonard sweet is not one of those individuals.

as a young (36) pastor i am confronted every day with the postmodern society about which mr. sweet writes. its effects, moods, swells and non-linear characteristics make it on of the most frustrating, yet challenging tasks of ministry.

in the midst of it all, i find myself engaged with sweet's static, conversational and image-dense thoughts on the church and the powerful need to adapt our methods to speak to society's nature.

adapting the gospel to culture is a difficult, eye-opening effort. as fast as we realize that the gospel does not change, we are twice as fast confronted by the fact that to reach our society, we must.

seizing tommorrow is a powerful mandate to a church that is many times intent on "freezing yesterday".

i for one enjoy a passionate, eye-opening, trek into tommorrow, and leonard sweet's word images have become an important voice in the road there.

let go of yesterday, carpe manana!

You need to get it  Feb 20, 2002
I totally disagree with the previous reviewer's philosophical criticisms. Yes, Sweet's writing style is bits-n-pieces and "postmodern". If you're looking for a Romans-style or Francis-Shaeffer-style tome, Sweet's not your man.

And you do have to be willing to put your prejudices aside to read Sweet. The previous reviewer evidently feels that the Word is immutable, therefore the presentation medium and style must also be immutable. If you also like "that old time religion", you'll be insulted by this book.

Sweet's message (among many other things) is that the presentation (medium, style, language) must continue to be culturally-driven in order to be relevant. The message does not change, but the medium and style must.

If you think the NIV is a gimmick and rock-n-roll is evil, do not get this book. If you don't think there's really anything to this postmodernism except hype and a continued moral decline, you'll waste your money.

But if you want to read about a possible change in a culture's worldviews and means of communicating and understanding, if you want to by _all_ means win some, Sweet's the guy on the cutting edge.

Insane  Feb 18, 2002
Because of the last review, I have just made a mental note to never ever and i mean never even remotely think about attending Denver Seminary. I'm not the biggest Leonard Sweet fan in the world and while I may not agree with everything he has to say, there is truth in his books and I would definitely think that the topics that he writes on are more relevant than anything our good professor has to write about. Leonard Sweet writes on topics that teach us how to be the salt of the world and how to connect with a new generation of people that will be prevalent when all of the modern Denver Seminary proffessors go on to be with the Lord, unlike some people who all they do is write on topics that fatten Christians up with the monopolized truth that they have found. While I can understand your lack of enjoyment or even appreciation of the book for that matter, I can not understand why, as a Christian professor, you would have enough audactiy to attack someone personally. My dear friend, I will never attend Denver Seminary thanks to your ignorant critique and criticizing remarks about an author personally.

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