I would highly recommend Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola’s Jesus: A Theography (a sequel to Jesus Manifesto). I was provided a copy through a special release directly from the authors (yet another reason that Sweet is one of my favorite authors) and the publisher for review purposes. You can purchase a copy on Amazon or directly from Thomas Nelson.
My favorite quote was when the authors suggested, “As followers of Jesus, we have a task before us. That task is to work for the kingdom. To continue the ministry of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit… to bear witness to the sovereign lordship of Christ… to embody the message that Jesus is both Lord and Savior, not just of our personal lives but of the entire world. And to find creative ways to manifest that kingdom where we live and travel.”
Official Book Description
The twenty-seven books of the New Testament are largely a commentary on the Old Testament, and each part of the Bible is a signpost to Jesus. Once this is properly understood, everything changes, including our own identities.
In this work you will discover a Jesus who is larger, more glorious, and more challenging than most of us have ever imagined.
Biographies of Jesus generally have been written by those trying to investigate the historical Jesus with little attention given to the grand narrative of Scripture. On the flip side, those interested in tracing the theology of Scripture are typically disinterested in historical Jesus studies. These two approaches have yet to converge . . . until now.
Written for the average reader as well as for scholars, Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (authors of “Jesus Manifesto”) rehearse the greatest story ever told in a fresh and invigorating way. Whether you are a seasoned Christian, a new believer, or someone who is intrigued by Jesus, this book unveils the discoveries of a lifetime, transforming the tired and familiar way we have read the Bible into an electrifying journey of rediscovering Christ.