Praise for "Viral" "There are plenty of books on technology by writers who don't understand Christianity. And there are plenty of books on Christianity by people who are lost in the world of technology. The genius of Leonard Sweet is that he navigates both worlds, and his insight into living as a believer in today's media-driven culture is not just helpful, it's critical."Viral "connects the dots between social media and our witness to the world."--Phil Cooke, PhD, filmmaker, media consultant, and author of "Jolt! Get the Jump on a World That's Constantly Changing" ""Viral" is culturally astute, Christ centered, gospel focused, kingdom oriented. Tweet that! Leonard Sweet captures the zeitgeist of our age in a biblically subversive way that redeems our technoculture for Christ. He explores the promise and the peril of our brave new world of electronic connectivity, while showing Christians how to apply the gospel at the crossroads of modernity and postmodernity, individualism and community, rational and relational faith. If you are skeptical of TGIF (Twitter, Google, iPhone, Facebook) or want to learn more, you must read this book."--Brian Godawa, screenwriter of "To End All Wars" and author of "Hollywood Worldviews, Word Pictures, " and "Noah Primeval" "Leonard Sweet has always been Patient Zero for Spiritually Transmitted Dis-ease, and "Viral "transmits the pathogen of the Paraclete better than any other work I know. Sweet connects the incarnation to the web, taking readers beyond the vapid and introducing us to the layers of meaning behind the pixels on the screen."--David McDonald, author of "The Undwellable City" "In "Viral," Leonard Sweet paints a fascinating picture of today's highly creative TGIF culture, while inviting the Gutenberg Generation into a new experience of Jesus's timeless campfire story. The Googler Generation's passion for spreading the divine viral epidemic through their passion for social media and narratives, as well as their longing for connectivity and participation, provides fascinating challenges for all followers of Jesus. Christians need to become part of God's viral revival. Sweet shows us how."--Stephan Joubert, extraordinary professor in New Testament studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa; extraordinary professor of contemporary ecclesiology, University of the Free State, South Africa; research fellow at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; and editor of "Ekerk /Echurch" "The church has never been more equipped to reach people with the gospel. With that opportunity comes a tremendous responsibility to communicate the unchanging message of the gospel in an ever-changing, hyper-connected culture. Leonard Sweet shares how Christ-followers can spread this life-changing message and bring about a revival unlike any we have seen before. He provides practical ideas and pastoral insight into leveraging the exponential opportunities available to share our faith through social media."--Tim Schraeder, co-director of the Center for Church Communication and editor of "Outspoken: Conversations on Church Communication"
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 sermons.com 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.