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SoulTsunami : sink or swim in new millennium culture
Sweet, Leonard I.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, [1999]

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446 pages ; 24 cm
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BR526 .S943 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Looks at the implications of the changing world on the church in the 21st century.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The book's title comes from the Japanese word for a tidal wave that sweeps away all that it encounters; Sweet's thesis is that the present postmodern culture is advancing on churches, as it has on business, education and other areas of life, with comparable great force and speed. Like a French Impressionist painter, SweetÄa Methodist minister and dean of the Divinity School of Drew UniversityÄpresents a canvas filled with numerous small points of light, offering a snapshot of a scene caught in that moment when one time blends into the next. The book presents almost innumerable details. The reader learns that the number of books being sold is increasing, that the average American must learn to operate 20,000 pieces of technology and that Generation X has witnessed (on television and elsewhere) more violence than any previous generation. The resulting information pileup makes the reader feel almost bombarded by hundreds of bites of data; in fact, one of Sweet's principle points is that contemporary culture is generating more and more information. The present human response to this glut of information ranges from a passion to keep up with it allÄbuying more computer time, scanning more information sources and buying more booksÄto a desire to escape into a private world or inner experience. Furthermore, Sweet argues that this increase in knowledge makes it difficult for present-day folk to reflect on the ultimate meaning of that data. The book's format invites its use by church discussion groups. Each chapter ends with questions, theological snippets and activities (including topics to be researched on the Web) that lead naturally to personal reflection and group conversation. Although Sweet believes that many churches are behind the times, he also notes that the postmodern world offers them new opportunities for mission. In places, these suggestions do little more than urge churches to use the best the culture has to offer; for instance, to construct Web pages, to use contemporary language and idiom in worship and to appeal to the high value that people today place on personal service. Sweet goes beyond such commonplaces and also speaks about the spiritual resources that churches possess. Sweet's insistence that postmoderns need to be reminded of the Christian teaching on original sin and human fragility and his sense of the need for spiritual values, such as humility, to counterbalance consumerism are cases in point. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Sweet (FaithQuakes, Abingdon, 1994) has written what he hopes will be a wake-up call for modern Christian churches. They must, he asserts, learn from and adapt to modern culture in order to continue the Christian mission. Written in a clever, attention-getting style and certain to evoke as strong a response as Sweet's previous books, this is recommended for most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.