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Out of the Question...Into the Mystery

How We Got the Point but Missed the Person

Leonard Sweet

About Out of the Question...Into the Mystery

Belief can exist in isolation, but faith requires a relationship 
Why wade in the shallows of belief when you can plunge into the depths of faith? Belief involves a different way of thinking, but faith brings about a new way of living. It grows through direct experience and a close relationship, both of which come as you follow Jesus.
As Christians we often talk about developing a “personal relationship” with Christ, but instead of pursuing a relationship, we pursue knowledge. We are tempted to place confidence in our definite, settled beliefs, which offer a pale substitute for the daily adventure of an honest relationship with Jesus.
In What Matters Most, Leonard Sweet presents a challenging and compelling approach to belief that is joined by dynamic engagement with God. You are invited to explore the uncharted regions of faith by following Jesus, completely on his terms. Once you begin, you will never go back to mere belief.


Praise for What Matters Most

“Len Sweet has really done it this time! In true midrash form, Len exposes the beauty of a relationship with our Creator. He asks all the hard questions and leads us to a place of grace beyond the formulaic answers. Throw all your selfhelp books in the trash and immerse yourself in a book that will help you see your faith journey in a whole new way.”
—CHRIS SEAY, author of The Gospel According to Tony Soprano

“No charts, no boxes, no to-do lists. Just everything we thought we knew about faith but didn’t. This is the book we should be reading in our small groups.”
—SALLY MORGENTHALER, author of Worship Evangelism, founder of and Digital Glass Videos

“Way back in the 1970s, some thoughtful Christian leaders began talking about a relational theology. The term held intrigue and promise. Now, Leonard Sweet has given us a great gift. Here is a panoramic view of what a relational theology can mean for Christians today. Whether you’re a spiritual seeker trying to get the lay of the land, or a seasoned traveler trying to make sense of what you’ve experienced, or even a disillusioned leader who feels it’s all gone stale—this book will help you see in a fresh, inspiring, profound, and invigorating way.”
—BRIAN MCLAREN, author of A New Kind of Christian and The Church on the Other Side

About Leonard Sweet

Leonard Sweet, Ph.D., is founder and president of SpiritVenture Ministries and serves as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. He also serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, and is the chief writer for, a popular resource for pastors and Christian speakers. A popular speaker, Sweet has written more than twenty books, including the trilogy AquaChurch, SoulTsunami, and SoulSalsa.

Product Details

256 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Mar 13, 2012

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

Belief can exist in isolation, but faith requires a relationship 

Click here to download the first chapter of What Matters Most now.

Author Leonard Sweet calls us into a relationship with a God who cannot be fully defined but who wants nothing more than to have an honest relationship with us.

Click here to download the first chapter of What Matters Most now.

By Paula Summerlin

How would you feel if God told you to kill your only child? Would you ignore God? Would you continue to follow God? Would you actually do it? Would you call God crazy? Would you turn your back on God? Just what would you do? This book will help you decide who or what is first in your life. It will also show you that God has a much deeper understanding of who we are than we do of ourselves. I found that it helped me to answer a lot...

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By Paul Holcombe

I enjoyed this book a great deal. Sweet askes inisightful and deep questions particularly as they relate to Abraham, God and us. There is more to Jesus that just knowing stuff. It also involves knowing people. In a world of Christianity that often cites our faith is about relationship, Sweet seeks to provide an outline of what that relationship should entail. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing group for my...

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By Leilani Anderson

When I first picked up this book I wanted to use it as a tool to bring me closer to Christ. And that is exactly what I got. I am new in my faith and am eager to get my hands on everything that I can to help me learn more about the bible. I am taking classes on the bible to get a better understanding. But I seem to be getting a wealth of knowledge but am no closer to my God then I was when I started. This is just the book I needed. ...

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By Brandon Gilliland

I recently received the book One Big Thing by Phil Cooke. The whole purpose of this book is to help others discover what they were meant to do. One Big Thing Phil Cooke mentions, "One Big Thing will help you discover what you were born to do and allow it to revolutionize your business, your ministry, and your life. In today's distracted, digital culture, it's harder than ever to identify your calling, get your voice heard, and achieve...

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By Rob Tennant

I love Leonard Sweetâ??s book â??What Matters Most.â?? I would rank it along with the works of Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, Mark Buchanan, and Eugene Peterson as being among the top writing on what it means to follow Jesus that is available today. Of the many works by Sweet I have read, this is among the best. I think the real strength is in Sweetâ??s emphasis on relationship and his emphasis on the person of Jesus (as opposed to the...

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