SoulSalsa: 17 Surprising Steps for Godly Living in the 21st Century by Leonard Sweet shows the ins and outs of living an old-fashioned faith in postmodern times. In his engaging, symphonic, thought-bytes style, Sweet invites readers to . . . Mezuzah your inverse * Do dirt and do the dishes * Cycle to church Give history a shove * Cheer rivals from the bench * Dance the salsa.
Publishers Weekly says "Sweet has a knack for making concepts like 'postmodern' -- a word that has spooked many an evangelical -- sound like wonderful opportunities for New Paradigm Christianity. He uses trendy, computer-based language to convey some spiritual points (prayer is our 'uplink' to God; the entire book is a 'lifeware design package'), but his enthusiasm is so contagious that even Luddite readers may have to give technology another chance."
The audio version of SoulSalsa is a multi-layered sonic experience featuring Leonard Sweet's vision of the gospel that's radical, challenging, and true. It sparks practical ideas for putting this vision in motion. Listen to a sample.
Zondervan commissioned the creation of a song to accompany Leonard Sweet's book and audio production, SoulSalsa. Listen to this musical rendition (and share it with your friends). Here are the words:
You've heard that phrase, "Say Amen somebody." But if you really learn the SoulSalsa it's more than "Say Amen somebody" it's more like "Get up and dance everybody, get up and dance." The art of godly living is I came, I saw and I salsa'd. I came, I saw, I salsa'd. Get up and dance everybody, get up and dance.
Shall we dance?
To dance the SoulSalsa there are 17 steps you need to learn. These are the basic dance steps to the salsa of the symphony that God has given us. Shall we dance?
Yet the haunting words of Jesus judge our prejudices against singing and swaying to the rhythms of the universe, "I piped for you, and you did not dance." Jesus came to help us to dance to God's symphony. In the energy and movement and teachings of Jesus, I have found the music to dance my way through life and to make all of my life a dance. Or in the street smart words of a 1990s hit song, "No parking baby, no parking on the dance floor." God's people deserve to dance. And God deserves a dancing people. I don't want my life to work. I want my life to sing.
Salsa is spirituality in motion, its theology in motion. You can't do the salsa unless the salsa leaks out in each one of your senses: sound, sight, smell, taste, touch. Salsa breaks down all the boundaries and brings everyone together and all the senses together into one experience of sound.
Worship is a way of life, its not a wayside on Sunday. The art of making a moment into something holy is the art of magnetizing moments with the Spirit of God. I came, I saw, I salsa'd. Get up and dance everybody, get up and dance.
For Jesus sitting out the dance is not an option. Jesus makes the dancer and the dance one. Life is a perpetual dance. Get up and dance.
Credits: SoulSalsa by Leonard Sweet. Produced by Christopher Harris. Copyright 2000 by Christopher Harris.