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Overview Leonard Sweet's manifesto on spiritual living in a changing, postmodern world, insists that a cutting-edge, future-is-now philosophy is the way the church will survive and grow in the 21st century.
Publishers Description Getting a Christian worldview is all the rage these days. But how about a Christian worldlife? Got one of those? Leonard Sweet wants to show you the ins and outs of living an old-fashioned faith in these newfangled times. In his engaging, symphonic, thought-bytes style, Sweet invites you to . . . Mezuzah your inverse * Do dirt and do the dishes * Cycle to church Give history a shove * Cheer rivals from the bench * Dance the salsa SoulSalsa unpacks biblical faith in ways that can change how you live in the real world. You can be a man or woman who walks the ancient path of a disciple in the world of the future. Because the NEW future is NOW--and now is the time to practice the '17 Lifestyle Requirements for Membership in the Postmodern Body of Christ.' It s no longer enough to say 'Say Amen, Somebody.' It s time to 'Dance the Salsa, Everybody '--in a culture that desperately needs to see your moves."
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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 sermons.com 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, wikiletics.com. 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, www.youtube.com/lenssweetspots. 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, www.seraphseal.com. 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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Soulsalsa?
Creative titles! Jan 11, 2007
We have really enjoyed Mr. Sweets book. Although I don't always agree with everything he says, he has given us a lot to think about and some great topics for discussion. I would difinitely recommend this book.
A fresh approach to the historical faith Apr 27, 2002
I'm intrigued by this one, because this book departs from Sweet's usual more academic approach to writing (it's not uncommon to see over 200 footnotes, including references to literature, magazines, websites, and recordings in one typical chapter).
It seems to me that Sweet is offering us the practical implications of living out the vision and reality he has painted in "Soul Tsunami" and "Aqua Church." This book reads much faster than either of those, and is certainly more personal than theoretical or corporate.
More readable than "A Cup of Coffee at the Soul Cafe," "Soul Salsa" marks out several "dance steps" you can do to make your life sing right now. All are biblical-- none are legalistic. All are process type things (you work at them, over time, towards a life-style transformation as opposed to just doing "one thing" and checking it off the box) instead of one-shot deals.
Would recommend for believers looking for a fresh approach to historical Christianity, if wanting to get into a small group study but not use one of the pre-packaged fill-in-the-blank books.
New Life-Theology Jul 15, 2001
I am a recent convert to the school of Soul-Salsa. Finally I found an author, Leonard Sweet, who is clearly right on in his approach to living a Godly life. Where else can you find out better how God wants us to live, and really enjoy life without the guilt that is laid on us by many modern churches. Sweet delivers an excellent book on how followers of Christ should live in this new postmodern era. He is a postmodern author who speaks in a language that is easy to follow, at least for me. I think anyone who picks this book up will have a new perspective on life that will leave you wanting more.
Leonard Sweet puts Christianity on the cutting edge by taking us back an ancient faith movement. I had a professor in college who was agnostic, and he made the point to me that the best examples of human beings he had ever encountered in his studies were first century Christians. Leonard Sweet prods us to move back to the past, and live as the first followers of Christ lived.
In essence, we need to move back to the past. I could not agree more with Sweet on this point. But his book is much more than Theology, it is a fun look at how to live life in a Godly way and really enjoy yourself while you are doing it.
This book is great for anyone who wants to get a peek into what, I believe, God has in store for us in this life, and the life to come in heaven. Sweet tells us to "Dance the Salsa," I second that emotion.
A delight... Mar 31, 2001
I try borrowing books whenever I can -- saves on the budget -- but Sweet's stuff and this one in particular is a keeper to read again and again. Brings the joy back to faith!
Much more entertaining than most books on Christian living Dec 25, 2000
I am a big fan of Leonard Sweet. He may just be a modern day prophet. He sees things that others don't see, writes them down, and makes us all say to ourselves, "How did we not see that before?" This is by far the most enjoyable book I've ever read on Christian living. However, I would say that Sweet's style and ideas seem to better fit his earlier subjects on ministry and the christian church as a whole. Nevertheless, Sweet still manages to create a book on this subject that is much more innovative than that of his contemporaries.