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Soultsunami [Paperback]

By Sweet Leonard (Author)
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Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.965 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 2, 2001
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310243122  
EAN  9780310243120  
UPC  025986243128  

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This book explains the tidal wave of postmodernism that is sweeping our culture and shows how the church can safely sail the troubled seas and fulfill its mission and calling.

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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?
bellisimo!  Feb 22, 2006
noticed how fast the world is moving around you? hai notato di come il mondo intorno va veloce? this book is INCREDIBLE helped me face the world with a new determination! questo libro e' INCREDIBILE mi ha aiutato ad affrontare il mondo con una nuova grinta! Wake up and smell the Espresso!!!
Forecast of a Post Modern Tidal Wave  Jul 10, 2004
Acting as a cultural meteorologist, Leonard Sweet wrote Soul Tsunami in 1999 as a forecast of the Post Modern tidal wave that was about to strike the shores of American Christendom. As he predicted, the wave has hit and has left many casualties in its wake. The church body count continues to rise, while wise leaders who prepared for it are thriving.

The book serves as an introduction to ministry in a Post Modern culture. At times he seems to be an apologist for Post Modernity. You probably won't always agree with the writer but he will give you a look into the mind of the culture. His presentation of the current ministry realities makes this a significant book and certainly worth the read.

Sweet is a chaotic, quirky, witty, and sometimes annoying writer. If you want a real experience, listen to the audio book. It is a unique and an attention keeping creation. In fact, I'd recommend the audio version over the written effort.

Good Book  Jun 29, 2002
Sweet made some amazing predictions about postmodern culture in this book
Good Book  Jun 29, 2002
Sweet wrote this in 99 and you would be amazed how some preditions about ppostmodern culture have come true
A post-evangelical book worth reading!  Mar 2, 2002
In the United States, there is a growing circle of pastors, writers, and theologians who could be labeled as "post-evangelical." These are the folks who have begun to talk very loudly about the failure of evangelical Christianity over the last several decades to do anything very worthwhile (and in most cases to do much harm).

Within this circle, Dr. Sweet clearly stands out as the premiere rhetorician, and soulTsunami is his best book.

The book has many weaknesses. Like all the post-evangelicals, Dr. Sweet fails to develop any significant new theological concepts. This is largely, I think, because the post-evangelical discussion has as of yet failed to rid itself completely of the rigid theological presuppositions inspired by decades of ahistorical and sociopathic evangelical thinking. "In-group/out-group" binary thinking (i.e. saved/not-saved, Christian/non-Christian, mercy/judgement, heaven/hell), although in principle brought into question by post-evangelical thinking, nevertheless continue to shape the content of the discourse in an unsatisfactory way.

Nevertheless, if one must read a book by a post-evangelical, soulTsunami is the one to read. Although Dr. Sweet has no new theology to offer (which does not make the book very useful in helping Christians to advance to the leading edge of the cultural discussion), he does a brilliant job of describing the dimensions of postmodern space. So the book is very useful in helping evangelical Christians to realize how desperately out of touch they are with culture and how completely their little religious experiment has failed.

Of particular value (and of the most theological significance) is Dr. Sweet's attempt to bring politics and sociology back into the religious discussion. He comes very close to saying, for instance, that driving a fossil-fuel-guzzling sport-utility vehicle three blocks to the convenience store is a sin, and this is precisely the sort of thing that evangelical Christians in the United States need to hear if they are ever going to break away from their arrogant nationalism and narcissistic ignorance.

So although this book is not a "post-modern theology" it is an excellent prolegomenon to post-modern theology. And although it is not quite the prophetic call to repentance, accountability, and historical thinking that is needed, it is not a bad start.


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