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The Gospel According to Starbucks: Living with a Grande Passion [Paperback]

By Leonard Sweet (Author)
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Creating a parallel between customers standing in line at Starbucks and Christians lining up for God, a compelling Christian writer invites readers to participate fully in the life God offers and to feel the warmth and richness of the irresistible experience. Original.

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Introducing the life you'd gladly stand in line for
You don't stand in line at Starbucks"(R)" just to buy a cup of coffee. You stop for the "experience" surrounding the cup of coffee.
Too many of us line up for God out of duty or guilt. We completely miss the warmth and richness of the experience of living with God. If we'd learn to see what God is doing on earth, we could participate fully in the irresistible life that he offers.
You can learn to pay attention like never before, to identify where God is already in business right in your neighborhood. The doors are open and the coffee is brewing. God is serving the refreshing antidote to the unsatisfying, arms-length spiritual life-and he won't even make you stand in line.
Let Leonard Sweet show you how the passion that Starbucks"(R)" has for creating an irresistible experience can connect you with God's stirring introduction to the experience of faith.

From Publishers Weekly
Studies show that fewer Americans than we thought attend church, and Sweet, popular author (Soul Salsa) and professor of evangelism at Drew Theological School in New Jersey, thinks that the church should take cues from an institution that isn't suffering a lack of customers: Starbucks. For all his hip cultural sensitivity, Sweet hasn't shed one standby of church-growth books: the acronym. His is EPIC, which stands for Experience, Participation, "Images that throb with meaning," and Connection. Starbucks has mastered EPIC living, and the church can, too. The successful coffee corporation recognizes that people are drawn in through visual icons, and it beats competitors because its design sensibility is superior-indeed, its imagery is shot through with "spiritual significance." The church should take a hint and, instead of focusing solely on its written mission statements, devote some energy to design. Starbucks understands that people hunger for "authentic experience." Finally, just as people like to drink coffee together, people seek community and connection in religious settings. Sweet's bottom line? Christianity must move beyond rational, logical apologetics, and instead find ways of showing people that it can offer "symbols and meaningful engagement." This whimsical and insightful book offers a fresh approach to a topic of perennial interest. (Apr. 17) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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The Gospel According to Starbucks: Living with a Grande Passion by Leonard Sweet has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 12/11/2006

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Item Specifications...

Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   210
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.55" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 16, 2007
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  1578566495  
ISBN13  9781578566495  

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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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Refill, please!  Nov 4, 2008
I LOVED this book. Of course, I LOVE coffee, so the two go hand in hand. But seriously, Leonard Sweet provides some wonderful analogies between the experience of community at Starbucks and what people experience at the church. It also clued me in to the coffee Jack Nicholson loves in "The Bucket List"! Sweet has a wonderful way of taking deep concepts and putting them into simple terms and expressions, and while some may accuse him of being "Theology Lite," his style of writing resonates with me and I enjoy reading his material. I got several sermon illustrations from this book, and found it helpful in stimulating my thinking on how we 'do' church in this day and age.
No customer service  Oct 2, 2008
I have still not received this book and I have emailed the seller three times to tell me the status of the order. I have gotten no response. I am going to initiate the process of getting a refund.
Flawed Analysis  Jun 21, 2008
As with many who are in the emergent movement they know there are issues within the church and often are correct in their identification of them. (Though you wonder how so many of them could have the same, incredibly bad experiences - I have seen and participated in some real authentic, Christ following fellowships and would think there has to be a few more out there). Anyway, my issue is with their solutions. Instead of returning to the Bible for how to do church (Acts, Pastoral Epistles), they turn to modern thinking and strategies for solutions that will only lead the church into more error and problems. In fact, I find it interesting that though the book was written not that long ago that today Starbucks is in trouble as a company and looking to find their magic again. Not sure how to fix Starbucks, but scripture gives us clear understanding of how a church will prosper.
When Sweet Writes and Speaks, I Drink Deeply And Richly  Jun 17, 2008
When I read this book, I smelled the coffee and tasted the cup of early and dark "double black eye" (true Starbucks fans and "Gospel" readers understand). Sweet takes the EPIC filter and brews a masterpiece. I read this on a journey to New York (where a Starbucks is on every corner) while traveling to celebrate my son's high school graduation. It was true "gospel." If you've never had a Sweet cup, this is a Grande place to start!
Sweeet at his finest  Feb 10, 2008
Just how is a personal walk with Jesus like a fresh cup of startbucks? You will learn much about Starbucks, more about your spiritual life. It will make you long for both.

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