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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Influential Christian writer Leonard Sweet has taken on the modern world and people's fascination with texting, tweeting, Im-ing, and sharing on Facebook. In "Viral: How Social networking Is Poised to Ignite Revival", he writes about the differences between the older generations who are Gutenbergers -- book and newspaper readers -- and the younger generations who are Googlers, communicating online. Author Sweet sees nothing wrong with the TGIF culture and admits to tweeting himself since 2009 for he sees "Change is God's signature on life" (page 33) although he admits on page 51 that "When I was born, contacts were lenses, not connections." He admonishes the reader to become a Twitter-disciple and to use social media to strengthen faith, but not to be "web-wise" and life stupid" (page 93). Author Sweet writes that we can use the Internet to connect to fellow Christians and help them if needs be. We can use modern technology as a tool to serve Christ Jesus.
"Viral: How Social Networking Is Poised to Ignite Revival" is a well-written and deeply thoughtful text on using Internet tools such as Twitter and Facebook to communicate our Christian faith with others around the world. Author Leonard Sweet has looked at modern life with its love of Twitter and Google, and has embraced this technology as reviving the need for people to reach out to others. He offers stories and examples throughout the book and interactives at the end of each chapter that will help the reader absorb his message. "Viral" is not a book for the casual reader who simply seeks entertainment. It is the work of a brilliant Christian writer who has embraced and not cursed modern technology and its potential use in the worldwide Christian community.