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The Three Hardest Words: In the World to Get Right [Hardcover]

By Leonard Sweet (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.22" Width: 6.44" Height: 0.86"
Weight:   1.02 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 21, 2006
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  1578566487  
EAN  9781578566488  

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Item Description...
Three simple words??I love you??capture the heart of Jesus? life and ministry.
These three words form the bottom line and top drawer of all his teachings. And they remain the three hardest words in the world to get right. Two pronouns and a verb have never been so difficult to grasp, much less to practice.

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Three simple words–“I love you”–capture the heart of Jesus' life and ministry.
These three words form the bottom line and top drawer of all his teachings. And they remain the three hardest words in the world to get right. Two pronouns and a verb have never been so difficult to grasp, much less to practice.
Popular culture has ruined love's reputation by redefining it first as romance, and then as lust. But it's not just the meaning of the word love that causes so much confusion. To fully understand love, we also need to find out who we are in God's eyes and whom we are commanded to love. Following Jesus can be described as the daily practice of all three words: I. Love. You. There is nothing more rewarding, and nothing more risky.
Join Leonard Sweet in this eye-opening, life-altering exploration of three simple, one-syllable words. After all, the lifestyle of love is the only life that Jesus calls you to live.

There is nothing more challenging than adopting the three-word lifestyle of Jesus as your own.
Perhaps you have wondered why love seems to work for everyone else, but not for you. Or maybe you've done your best to love those around you, but it seems that life has drained your last drop of trust and affection. Nothing is better than love when it's right; and nothing is more destructive than attempts at love that fail to follow the Jesus prescription for a healthy life.
Jesus devoted his earthly life to saying these three words–I love you–and teaching us how to say them. As Jesus defined love, it takes everything you've got…and then even more, which only God can give. The lifestyle of love is not something you can master on your own, but Jesus is ready to show you how.
Starting today, you can learn to live “I love you”–the three hardest words in the world to get right.

Leonard Sweet, PhD, serves as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, and founder and president of SpiritVenture Ministries. He has written many books, including Out of the Question…Into the Mystery and the trilogy SoulTsunami, AquaChurch, and SoulSalsa.
Praise for The Three Hardest Words

“This book demonstrates that one of the seminal Christian thinkers in the postmodern era can also be a pastor. Leonard Sweet gets us to examine what it takes to live out love in this world, and he does it beautifully.”
–Tony Campolo, coauthor of Adventures in Missing the Point, professor of sociology at Eastern University

“Len Sweet has, in his inimitable style, tackled the three easiest/hardest words in the English language, wrestled them to the ground, hugged them, and then let them fly again. His imagination takes us on a journey; his mind is an encyclopedia of wonderful references; and his language is captivating. This book is a joy...and a challenge.”
–Tony Jones, national coordinator of Emergent-US, author of The Sacred Way

“In The Three Hardest Words, Leonard Sweet plumbs the depths of Christianity to explore the richness of God's story, one that is abundant in love. As usual, Sweet's work is thought-provoking, insightful, and a must-read for any postmodern thinker.”
–Margaret Feinberg, author of Twentysomething and What the Heck Should I Do With My Life

“Leonard Sweet has explored each of The Three Hardest Words in light of scripture and God's kingdom. Journey with him to find out how God defines each of the words that sums up the Christian life: I, love, and you.”
–Kirbyjon Caldwell, pastor, coauthor of Entrepreneurial Faith and author of The Gospel of Good Success

“It turns out that Jesus' simplest and most basic command–that we are to love one another–is the hardest one for us to live out. Leonard Sweet's book is a tremendous help in guiding us not only to say the words ‘I love you' with greater understanding of what they really mean, but also to live them with greater integrity and intention.”
–Ruth Haley Barton, cofounder of the Transforming Center and author of Sacred Rhythms

“As corny as the song lyrics are, it's true that the world does need ‘love sweet love.' But we need love the way Jesus expressed it. Len Sweet shows how to lose the cliché and make love a reality.”
–Dan Kimball, pastor, author of The Emerging Church and Emerging Worship

“Leonard Sweet takes you on a journey out of yourself and into the transforming power of God's love. His fresh take on love can change your life and your community. Read, live, and breathe this provocative book.”
–Ben Young, pastor, author of Out of Control: Finding Peace for the Physically Exhausted and Spiritually Strung Out
Leonard Sweet, PhD, is founder and president of SpiritVenture Ministries and serves as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. He also serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, and is the chief writer for, a popular source for pastors and other Christian speakers. A popular speaker himself, Sweet has written more than twenty books, including Out of the Question…Into the Mystery and the trilogy AquaChurch, SoulTsunami, and SoulSalsa.

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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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Reviews - What do our customers think?
worth the effort  Jan 18, 2008
I have had the pleasure to meet Leonard Sweet and to hear him speak. His speaking is simple and clear and profound. His books I have found to be a bit more difficult to get through. The first couple chapters of this book are very thick and obtuse even, but it is well worth the effort to fight through them. This book is laden with great thoughts on how love can change the way we see this world we live in. It is a challenge to get going, but when you finish you will agree it was worth it.
Comprehending why they can't  Jan 10, 2007
THis book helped me comprehend the youth cultures challenge in receiving and giving love. True love and the understanding of it has been lost. "An aha moment for those growing up in a dynamic family!
I LOVE THIS!  Apr 16, 2006
"I love you!" What could be easier to say?
And yet, brilliant mind Sweet purports that these are the very words that confound us in our life journey. This is a wonderful book - a gift to individuals and the North American Church. Now we must spread the love - thanks Len!

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