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Posted May 31, 2011
The Barbarian Way.
I just finished reading a book titled "Unleashed" by Erwin Raphael McManus. I have to admit that in the beginning, the book didn't seem to catch my attention. The author seem to be we writing in circles around what he was really trying to get at. But then I realized that I needed to pay closer attention to what I was reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book, which was previously released as "The Barbarian Way", is a book about living the way God intended us to live. Our society tends to offer Christians a nice and easy, safe and carefree way of living. McManus points out that the Bible doesn't and never has called us to that. In fact, the bible calls us to be Christ followers, which means trusting in God ALWAYS, even when we don't know where He is leading us, or what His plans are. 'Unleashed' is about finding your inner barbarian and going against what this society says we should do but seeking Christ instead.
McManus offers a simple read with challenging content in his book. He urges and encourages us to change our hearts and mindset to that of the barbarian way. If you are looking for a life changing book that can make you feel more alive*, I would recommend this book for you.
*You must decide and commit to the change before it can actually take place in your life. The way to do that is to commit EVERYTHING to God, and to follow Him fully, no matter the cost.
Posted May 31, 2011
The way of the barbarian...
Unleashed by Erwin Raphael McManus offers a biographical narrative of spiritual seeking alongside powerful theological and philosophical ponderance... in only 146 pages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"This is the barbarian way: to give your heart to the only One who can make you fully alive. To love Him with simplicity and intensity. To unleash the untamed faith within. To be consumed by the presence of a passionate and compassionate God. To go where He sends you, no matter the cost." - Unleashed, McManus, back cover
This is the story of a seeker desiring to be fearless in Christ. This is the story of a parent as McManus recounts all he learned by watching his bold and faithful daughter doing dangerous things for God. This is a story of the complexity in answering the simple call of "Come, follow Me."
"A quick survey of the modern church would lead you to believe His invitation was "Come, and listen," and His closing mandate would be summarized in the one word 'No!' The tribe of Jesus, above all people, should rightly carry the banner, 'Forward.'" - Unleashed, McManus, p. 5
Welcome to the way of the barbarian; McManus' handbook to radically following Christ in pure exhilaration.
Posted April 20, 2011
Unleashed by Erwin Raphael McManus ~ Book Review
The call of Jesus is a call to live in the world as citizens of an entirely different kingdom. In its primitive state, the good news could never be separated from the invitation of Jesus to "Come, follow Me." He never lied about the danger or cost associated with becoming His follower. He told them up front, "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." (Matthew 10:16) ~ Erwin Raphael McManus There is a rumbling in the body of Christ, among those truly following Jesus, to cast off anything hindering their relationship with Him, and follow Jesus as the original twelve. It is a desire to follow Christ with simplicity, untamed, and intensity, consumed by the presence of God, willing to go where He sends you: the barbarian way. Unleashed by Erwin Raphael McManus, previously released as The Barbarian Way, is an invitation to live as Jesus, on the unpaved, uncertain road, in total obedience to Him. The author, through personal illustrations, often humorous, shows the clarity, uncomplicated original call of Jesus to Follow Me. God desires us to surrender our lives to Him in the unknown, even if it means a life of suffering, hardship, and disappointment. He states, The church today has become so civilized that the benefits of our faith have become more precious and more valuable to us that the Benefactor of our faith. Every person in Scripture who accomplished great things for God had this untamed, radical, barbarian way. They were willing to go anywhere and do anything God asked. Total surrender. The author powerfully states toward the end of Unleashed, Domesticated Christians are far too willing to abdicate the battle for the soul of the world.We build churches that become nothing more than hiding places for the faithful while pretending that our actions are for the good of the world..In contrast Jesus calls us to a different way. He tells is this is a battle of kingdoms. He insists that if we are His followers, we must not live in a world defined only by the material. This little but mighty book is not for the faint of heart. It is written to followers of Jesus, any age, who desire to be more like The Master, following Him in word, deed, and philosophy. This book returns to the original church, those who were willing to be persecuted and even killed for their faith. Are you sold out to Jesus enough to follow Him completely? Are you willing to peel away the world to be in it but not of it? Read this book to energize your walk with the Lord and inspire you to go where He sends you, no matter what the cost.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2011
Unleashed by Erwind Raphael McManus
Hi there! I just got an awesome new book from booksneeze- "Unleashed" by Erwin Raphael McManus. Before I start in, I have to let you know that I received this book for free through Thomas Nelson publisher's Booksneeze program. (It's some law thing) Anyway, I really like this book. It's a book about living your faith passionately. The thing that plagues a lot of Christians (especially American ones) is that they live quiet faiths- silent, no real connection to Jesus. They're "Christians" so that they can say they have a religion. American Christians have no passion for God, no real commitment. But as Mr. McManus says in his book (or rather, on the back of it:)) "Two thousand years later the call to follow Christ has been repackaged to be smooth and trouble-free, filled with opportunity and promise but lacking risk, passion, and sacrifice. Jesus never made a pristine call to a proper or safe religion. Jesus beckons His followers to a path that is far from the easy road. It is a path filled with adventure, uncertainty, and unlimited possibilities- the only path that can fulfill the deepest longings and desiers of your heart." I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. McManus. Be forwarned- this book may cause convictions, commitments, and maybe just a little craziness (for Jesus:)). I definitely give this book five out of five stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2011
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