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Out of the Question...Into the Mystery: Getting Lost in the GodLife Relationship [Hardcover]

By Leonard Sweet (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2004
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  1578566479  
EAN  9781578566471  

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God wants to be known, not just known about. Still, it seems that Christians often get the point ("Jesus died for me") but miss the person (Jesus, himself). Discover the wonderful things that can happen when you move beyond intellectual creeds and enter into an ever-deepening, life-transforming relationship with your loving Creator!

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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

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Out of the Question  Feb 8, 2007
The first two chapters are wordy and I think Sweet enjoys hearing himself talk. Beginning in Chapter 3, the book is full of discussion topics and challenging perspectives.
Not on my wavelength  Jan 11, 2007
I give the author credit for embracing an important topic and addressing it through the lens of spirituality and faith. However, I found the author's language impossible to grasp. I was hoping for more practical advice to help me with the difficult transition that my son is making from college to career and this book, well-intentioned as it may be, simply took me into a fog of mushy ideas that I just did not have the patience for. I hope it can strike a stronger chord with others.
Get closer to your dinner...  Nov 22, 2005
In the post-colonial, emergent, postmodern, whatever-the-hell-we're-calling-it-this-week era there are few writers who really express the worldview as well as Leonard Sweet. His writing style is reflective of the narrative, organic communication that the emergent church leaders have begun to employ. Sweet unpacks the Abraham/Isaac story in such a way that you are left wondering why it is that God made a covenant with him in the first place. The subtle manner in which Sweet massages and reorients the reader toward a relational approach to life is refreshing. Where many authors limit relationships to God, family, and our church Sweet opens up the possibility of having a relationship with nature, art, and even your food. Sweet will definitely help you see your faith in a different light. Of course, maybe you like the light you're in now. Read it anyway.
It's Relational!  Jun 16, 2005
I met and visited with Leonard Sweet in New Mexico about 10 years ago and was impressed with his take on things then. I have since read much of what he has written and always gained insight.

Out of the Question... Into the Mystery is a deliciously Jesus-centered maxim on relationships for the emerging Christian. I say "emerging Christian" rather than "emerging Church" because this book is written on a personal level. How do I think and relate to God, God's story, my faith community, those outside my faith community, and God's creation? This book could also be used as a good introduction for older paradigm believers to the relational and dialogical thinking that is so important to emergents. Written in a friendly and approachable fashion (as are all of Len Sweet's books), Out of the Question opens doors to paradoxes and insights that we consciously or unconsciously bypass. Sweet's penetrating observations on the Abraham - Isaac story are disturbing and yet eye-opening. We get a whole new view on Abraham's success and his failure.

As is common in all Sweet's books, Out of the Question is interspersed with great quotations from various thinkers (such as John Howard Yoder, Brian McLaren, Emily Dickinson, Charles Spurgeon, and even William S. Burroughs) that add wisdom and understanding to the text.

Allow me to conclude with a quote from Sweet himself.

"God is present, and God is relational. This means that truth is relational, found in the give-and-take of honest engagement with God. Faith and obedience are not reflex actions, or blind and mindless conformity to rules and regulations. Faith and obedience are instead played out in a life in full pursuit of God, knowing that at the same time we are being fully pursued by God. Faith and obedience are found in listening to God, questioning God, being challenged by God, and challenging God."
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Apr 8, 2005
I could not put this book down!! Buy this book, Ponder this book in your heart, soul, you will be closer to Christ as a result.

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