Viral is a book about a topic I want to write on myself. The present generation, myself included really, are wrapped up in social networking and the benefits of technology. Sweet offers his insights on a way to harness the “power” of electronics in order to grow closer to Christ and closer to others.
That right there is a legit reason to pick up and read through this book. It doesn’t seem to have at its core one passage of Scripture, but it does have at its center one basic truth: Social networking is poised to ignite revival.
He offers us a fresh perspective on the prideful, self-centered world of facebook and twitter. He advices and exhorts people who make use of cell phones and laptops. And he draws to the surface the presupposition that these resources — they are about relationships. So stop misusing them and start making use of them.
Back Cover Reads:
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 pursing 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?
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook Press (March 13, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307459152
- ISBN-13: 978-0307459152
*VIRAL was free with my promise to post an unbiased review.