Real Church in a Social-Network World: From Facebook to Face-to-Face Faith

Real Church - Sweet

Format: Kindle edition

Page Count:  100

Publisher:  WaterBrook Press

Publication Date:  December 2011

Language:  English

ISBN-10:  N/A

ISBN-13:  978-0-307-73052-7

List Price:  $5.99

I was intrigued by the title of Leonard Sweet’s latest book, Real Church in a Social-Network World:  From Facebook to Face-to-Face Faith.  Based on my experience with past works by Sweet, I was looking forward to practical applications on how to minister/connect to a generation that spends most of its time disconnected and isolated behind a keyboard and/or smartphone.

Instead, Sweet looks at our relationship with God, and tries to correlate how our vertical relationship  (God – man) affects and influences of horizontal relationships (person – person).

In chapter 1, Sweet draws a contrast between “faith” and “belief.”  Sweet sums up this contrast when he states:

Most Christians use the words belief and faith interchangeably.  But to admit (believe) falls far short of to commit (faith). …To become a Christian is to experience a transformation into the image of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Sweet attempts to springboard the remainder of the book by addressing how God’s love for His creation mirrors the desire for connection among His creation.  What is missing is the practical application of his thesis.

If you engage this work by Sweet expecting original material, you will be disappointed.  This e-book is a collection of writings from three earlier works, which explains why the book lacks a certain “flow.”   Another major drawback to this book is that it seems to be merely an advertisement for his next book, Viral.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging For Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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