God's divine design shines through everything, from DNA's double helix to the blueprint for his church. Referencing the life of John Newton, Sweet calls for a reunion of complementary strands that make up the "beautiful" structure of the church---missional, relational, and incarnational---and shows how today's congregations can weave them together to accomplish God's purpose. 256 pages, hardcover from Cook.
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Date:June 17, 2010
In "So Beautiful," Sweet takes aim at the entrenched institutionalized Western Church with purpose to draw her back to her original calling. Thus, to those outside of the USA, the arguments presented may not reflect their cultural experiences of being the church. Sweets MIR model while extremely helpful, is addressed elsewhere (by other authors) perhaps in a less caustic manner. One very good feature of the book (as it was used within a seminary setting) is that it sparked tons of debate as at times Sweet seems hyper-critical of the Church. I would recommend "Why We Love the Church" (Kluck and DeYoung) as a balance to Sweet.