Viral: How Social Networking Is Poised to Ignite Revival

Viral: How Social Networking Is Poised to Ignite Revival

by Leonard Sweet
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Viral: How Social Networking Is Poised to Ignite Revival by Leonard Sweet

The gospel is nothing without relationship. And no one gets it like the Google Generation.
God came to earth to invite us, personally, into a relationship. And while Christians at times downplay relationships, the social-media generation is completely sold on the idea. In Viral, Leonard Sweet says Christians need to learn about connecting with others from the experts—those who can’t seem to stop texting, IM-ing, tweeting, and updating their Facebook statuses. What would happen, he asks, if Christians devoted less attention to strategies and statistics and paid more attention to pursuing relationships?
The current generation is driven by a God-given desire to know others and to be known by others. Most of them, in seeking to connect in meaningful ways, have found a place of belonging that is outside the organized church. Why not bring the two together?
Those who are sold out to relationships can teach Christians how to be better friends to people who need God. At the same time, members of the social-media generation can learn how to follow their desire for belonging, straight into the arms of God. It’s time for relationship to be restored to the heart of the gospel. And when that happens, can revival be far behind?
End-of-Chapter Interactives Included

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307459169
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

LEONARD SWEET, PhD, is founder and president of SpiritVenture Ministries and is a professor at Drew University and a visiting distinguished professor at George Fox University. A leading social critic and cultural observer, Sweet is considered one of the most influential Christians in North America. He is the chief writer for and has authored numerous books that have changed Christian thinking, including The Gospel According to Starbucks, Soul Tsunami, and Jesus Manifesto (with Frank Viola). Sweet lives in northern Washington.

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Viral: How Social Networking Is Poised to Ignite Revival 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RynO39 More than 1 year ago
I have not had a very good time reading this book. It tends to drag on a little book, plus it didn't do much for my spiritual walk. I don't recommend this book.
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Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Influential Christian writer Leonard Sweet has taken on the modern world and people's fascination with texting, tweeting, Im-ing, and sharing on Facebook. In "Viral: How Social networking Is Poised to Ignite Revival", he writes about the differences between the older generations who are Gutenbergers -- book and newspaper readers -- and the younger generations who are Googlers, communicating online. Author Sweet sees nothing wrong with the TGIF culture and admits to tweeting himself since 2009 for he sees "Change is God's signature on life" (page 33) although he admits on page 51 that "When I was born, contacts were lenses, not connections." He admonishes the reader to become a Twitter-disciple and to use social media to strengthen faith, but not to be "web-wise" and life stupid" (page 93). Author Sweet writes that we can use the Internet to connect to fellow Christians and help them if needs be. We can use modern technology as a tool to serve Christ Jesus. "Viral: How Social Networking Is Poised to Ignite Revival" is a well-written and deeply thoughtful text on using Internet tools such as Twitter and Facebook to communicate our Christian faith with others around the world. Author Leonard Sweet has looked at modern life with its love of Twitter and Google, and has embraced this technology as reviving the need for people to reach out to others. He offers stories and examples throughout the book and interactives at the end of each chapter that will help the reader absorb his message. "Viral" is not a book for the casual reader who simply seeks entertainment. It is the work of a brilliant Christian writer who has embraced and not cursed modern technology and its potential use in the worldwide Christian community.