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I Am a Follower: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus

I Am a Follower: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus

by Leonard Sweet


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These two words echo the heart-defining call of our Lord Jesus Christ to his disciples.

Sadly, this life-changing invitation has lost much of its original meaning. Immersed in a society that worships success, we have succumbed to a trendy
fixation with leadership. In I Am a Follower, author Leonard Sweet explains how Christians in a twenty-first-century corporate-obsessed culture have shifted away from a Jesus art of following toward a popularized form of leading.

Through a colorful mélange of practical applications, imaginative metaphors, and probing biblical exposition based in gospel truth, Sweet reveals that the summons of Jesus and the message of the New Testament point clearly to an emphasis not on imitation but on incarnation, not on leading but on following.

Join Sweet on an exciting and intentional journey from leadership cult to followership culture. Discover for yourself the way, the truth, and the abundant
life of following Jesus Christ and what it truly means to “Follow Me”!

“At times I felt like I was reading Jeremiah, challenging the shepherds of Israel. This is a much needed and long overdue book.”
—BOB ROBERTS, senior pastor, Northwood Church

“If there was ever a leader who could convince me that it’s really never been about leading, that would have to be Len Sweet. May we all, like Len, become followers.”
—MARK BATTERSON, lead pastor, National Community Church

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780849946387
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 01/02/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 394,350
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Leonard Sweet is an author of many books, professor (Drew University, George Fox University, Tabor College), creator of, and a popular speaker throughout North America and the world. His “Napkin Scribbles” podcasts are available on

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii


Reel To Real: Sasquatch Festival 3

Being A First Follower 5

The Way, The Truth, The Life 7

interactives 13


Vece: The Place 17

What's Your Pleasure? 22

The Leadership Myth 25

Two Categorical Imperatives 27

Among You It Will Be Different 33

The Collapse of the Leadership Myth 35

My Yoke Is Hard; My Burden Is Heavy 39

Chosenness 41

Three-Part Story 46

Interactives 49

The Way

Via: The Way 61

Missional Living 63

Walk This Way 70

You Talkin' to Me? 73

The Law Is Not the Savior 76

A Breed Apart 78

Size Matters: From Parking-Lot Churches to Pedestrian Churches 82

The Great Exchange: From Saul's Armor to David's Sling 86

Paradise in Paradox 89

From Measurable Metrics to Growing Fruits 92

Pruning Pain 95

Viaticum or Bread for the Journey 97

The Wayfarer's Fruit of Hope Casting 100

The Wayfarer's Fruit of Heaven Casting 105

The Wayfarer's Fruit of Love Casting 109

The Wayfarer's Fruit of Joy Casting 112

The Wayfarer's Fruit of Peace Casting 116

The Wayfarer's Fruit of Patience Casting 121

The Wayfarer's Fruit of Trust Casting 124

The Wayfarer's Fruit of Rest Casting 126

Interactives 131


Verità The Truth 137

Relationai Living 139

Big J and little j 143

From Map to Driver's License 148

From "Take Me to Your Leader" to "Follow Me to the Cross" 150

From "Show Me the Money" to "Count the Cost" 155

From Knowledge Led to Spirit Led 158

From Strengths to Weaknesses 161

From Know-It-All to Seeking All in the All in All 171

From Professional Clergy to the Leasthood Priesthood 174

False Categories 180

From In His Steps to In Sync 182

Interactives 184

The Life

Vita: The Life 191

Incarnational Living 193

Who Discipled You? 195

From Number One Leader to Coach Ghost 200

From Sages and Gurus to Scouts and Sherpas 205

From a Balanced Life to Harmonious Living 212

From Rugged Individualism to Integrated Ecosystems 216

From Having the Right Answers to Asking the Right Questions to Living the Mystery 221

From Strategic Planning to a Spirit of Trust 228

Bigger Upper Rooms 233

Implanted, Not Imprinted 240

So They Will Know 244

Interactives 246


Reel To Real: "Tico Tico" 251

The Art of Followershipp255

Living Your Story as Christ's Story 257

Becoming the Music 260

Notes 261

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