Real Church

Fifteen years ago or so, I was in a Christian bookstore in a small town outside of St. Louis, Missouri when my eye was caught by the title of a book, written by an author I hadn’t heard of before. The book title was “A Cup of Coffee at the Soul Cafe”. The author was Leonard Sweet. I read that book in a devouring sort of way. I quoted it. I loved it. That book still ranks near the top of my all-time favorite non-fiction book list. I will probably never get rid of my copy and will probably often peruse its pages, still gleaning truths.

I have since read several of Leonard Sweet’s books. Soul Salsa, The Gospel According to Starbucks, Nudge and now Real Church in a Social Network World.  Mr. Sweet has become one of those authors that when I see his books I automatically think I have to read it. I love the way he challenges my thinking, urging me to action and not complacency.

Real Church in a Social Network World, from Facebook to Face-to-Face is both soul-satisfying and soul-challenging.  Often as my eyes read the words on the page, my soul shouted “YES!” or “Exactly!” or even “Wow!”  I highlighted many paragraphs, too many to even share some of them here.

I found this book to be one of the best books I have read in a long time. That isn’t to say every other book I’ve called “the best” has paled in comparison, not at all. This book though is good because it will be a book I will find myself reading over and over again.

What I love about the book:

  • It challenges me to a better, deeper relationship with Jesus.
  • It constantly points to Jesus
  • It offers no “one-size fits all” approach to relationship
  • It values relationship.
  • It showed me areas I was settling in my walk and challenged me.

This book often moved me to tears. I cried tears of joy because I was doing something right! I also cried tears of great sorrow because I wondered how much I had hurt the heart of my Savior, because on some issues I had really missed the boat.

The book isn’t long. Six chapters and less than 100 pages. I read it last evening and I realized anew that I should never start a good book after supper. I had to stay up late to finish it. And like any good book, I cried at the end, not because it moved me but because it was over.

What the book lacks in length, it more than makes up for in depth. If you are looking for a book that will revolutionize your spiritual life, one that “will spur you on to love and good deeds” look no further than this one.


(I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review.)



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