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Imagine doing everything you were meant to do. Then, with a full heart, taking your final breath. That is a life fully lived. And that is the bold invitation of The Last Arrow.
When the king of Israel met with the ailing prophet Elisha, he was told to grab some arrows and strike the ground before him. He did so three times, then stopped even though more arrows were left. History records the dire results of his partial effort. Often, we also have arrows in our hands, blaming God for our partial victories when it is we who gave up too soon.
To all of us who long for more, but settle for less, and give up too soon, Erwin Raphael McManus drives an arrow into the ground and declares, "Never settle. It's all or nothing. Save nothing for the next life!"
Yes, this is costly. You will face great risks. And there can be no back-up plan. Everything is required, including your last arrow. Yet it is the only way to pursue life's deepest joys and greatest battles--with a full heart and an empty quiver.
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2017
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The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of ArtErwin Raphael McManusHarperOne / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.49 Retail:
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Live the Life
You Were Born
When you come to the end of your days, you will not measure your life based on success and failures. All of those will eventually blur together into a single memory called "life."
What will give you solace is a life with nothing left undone. One thats been lived with relentless ambition, a heart on fire, and with no regrets.
On the other hand, what will haunt you until your final breath is who you could have been but never became and what you could have done but never did.
The Last Arrow is your roadmap to a life that defies odds and alters destinies. Discover the attributes of those who break the gravitational pull of mediocrity as cultural pioneer and thought leader Erwin McManus examines the characteristics of individuals who risked everything for a life they could only imagine. Imagine living the life you were convinced was only a dream.
We all begin this life with a quiver full of arrows.
Now the choice is yours. Will you cling to your arrows or risk them all, opting to live until you have nothing left to give?
Time is short. Pick up The Last Arrow and begin the greatest quest of your life.
Erwin is the acclaimed author of The Artisan Soul, Chasing Daylight, Soul Cravings, and The Barbarian Way. His books have sold over a million copies worldwide. He lives in Hollywood, California with his wife of 34 years Kim McManus.
"One of the best books Ive ever read. The Last Arrow will inspire you to make the most of the life youve been given and create the life youve always wanted."
Jon Gordon, author of The Carpenter and Training Camp, JonGordon.com
"The Last Arrow throws wide the window to what God always intended for you…a life of nothing wasted and nothing held back. Each page reveals another mindset that undermines destiny. In Erwins words, When you choose to live, you become a source of life. It is time to stop burying talents and hoarding arrows. It is not too late to dust off your bow, take aim and shoot with all that is within you."
Lisa Bevere, New York Times Bestselling Author, Cofounder Messenger International
"I have never interacted with Erwin where he did not move me and capture my heart. His call in this book is one more example. He wakes us up where we need it, and pushes us past lack of clarity and through the unavoidable fear of truly spending our lives well. Thanks once again, my friend!"
Dr. Henry Cloud, Psychologist and Author
"Erwin McManus is a passionate, courageous, and genuine man, and I am thankful to have the rare privilege to encounter him. In his latest book he writes as he has lived. The Last Arrow is a peek into the very threads of Erwins journey; threads that has been woven into the fabric of his very life and story. For me. And for you. And for all of us who endeavor to leave more behind than we have taken from this life. The pages of this book will poke you. In fact, they will prod you to live with eternal intention and fight beyond the tyranny of the mundane that we can all become so captive to. Truth and vulnerability make this message catching, compelling, and encouragingly dangerous. You cant read this book and stay the same."
Judah Smith, Lead Pastor of The City Church NY Times best-selling author of Jesus Is _.
AmyL4 Stars Out Of 5The Last ArrowJanuary 24, 2018AmyLQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Fear causes us to hang back. I know it causes me to hold back when I feel like maybe I could push forward. I have dreams. Goals and ambitions. And yet, something holds me back.
McManus asserts that this seems to be normal for us all. We're all in a battle that must be fought so that we can live the life we've been handed.
As I readThe Last Arrow, I thought a lot about the things in my life that I've started and walked away from when the going gets tough. When I give up before I'm worn out and have given it my all. This is exactly what McManus is warning us against.
McManus reminds us of the story of Elisha. As a prophet of God, he was called before a king. The king was given a quiver of arrows and told to strike the ground. But the king stops at three strikes. As a result of that, Elisha informs the king that he would lose the battle he was facing.
McManus asserts that the king could have given so much more, but when he failed to do so, he gave up.
"For Elisha, the fact that the king stopped striking the arrow was connected to his determination to receive the full measure of God's intention for him."
So, when we stop before we've given it our all, McManus asserts we're leaving something behind.
"You must not allow fear to steal your future, and every day that you walk this earth you must make sure you save nothing for the next life. You must never allow fear to keep you grounded. The moment you choose to play it safe, you've lost the game. Instead of running from your fears, lean into them, for on the other side of them is the future you long for. These moments form character and forge the future."
What kind of a future do you want?
Do you want the kind of future that shows you've faced your fears and fought some battles? Or the kind of life that is played safe without chasing after the dreams in your heart?
McManus reminds us that:
"The last arrow moves you past what God will dofor you to what God will dothrough you."
The Last Arrowis McManus' reminder to society today that we need to look past the fear and give life all we've got. When we give in, we don't live out our God-givenpurpose. I didn't always agree with everything he extrapolated for the story or shared in the pages of the book. But the overarching message is an important one. We can't give up when the going gets tough. We need to open our hearts and minds and ask God, "what are you trying to do through me here?" When we do this, it will benefit not only ourselves but society too.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books. This review is my own, honest opinion.
JohnnyLafayette, TNAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Review of the Last ArrowOctober 28, 2017JohnnyLafayette, TNAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I leave this world, I want to leave a hole in it from where my life counted. I want to be missed. I want people to come to my funeral because in some way I touched their life. I want to know that my life counted. That is why The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life, written by Erwin Rachael McManus, resonated with me. This book is a combination of personal stories experienced by the author with sound teaching. It is about making your life count and how that is accomplished.
McManus is the pastor of Mosaic, the community of faith in Los Angeles, and is probably best known for his book The Barbarian Way. His books have sold over a million copies worldwide and he is a nationally sought after speaker. I heard him speak many years ago at a Promise Keepers meeting for men.
The premise of this book comes from the Old Testament story in 2 Kings 13 where King Jehoash, the King of Israel, goes before the dying prophet Elisha after his kingdom has been threatened by Amaziah, King of Judah. You will need to read the Scripture to get the whole story, but when Jehoash is told to take the arrows in his quiver and strike the ground, he only strikes the ground three times. This angers the prophet who desired for the king to strike the ground five to six times because by striking it only three times only partial victory was assured. The prophet felt as if the king left something on the table. He felt the king settled for less.
McManus feels that this translates to us as Christians in that we too leave things unfinished and never rise to our full potential. He states that we should die with our quivers empty because we have given our all in this life.
Ironically McManus goes back into the life of the prophet Elisha himself to prove what a life of striking the last arrow looks like. Perhaps that is why Elisha is so angry at the king for only striking his arrows three times. The books takes you from the calling of the prophet Elisha, through his life, to his death, and to after he has died. It catalogs what made the prophet Elisha so effective that even after his death, he made a difference.
Throughout his teaching McManus introduces us to some extraordinary people that are scattered all over the world. He weaves their lives with the example of the prophet to teach us how we can live such a life. The author also tells personal stories of his own adventures including recently being diagnosed with cancer himself.
The book is 224 pages but easily read. It has a great flow to it and the stories keep you reading wanting more. I found myself stopping only to take time to tweet out a quote taken from the book. There are plenty of tweetable quotes.
My overall impression of the book is that this is a powerful book that could be a game changer in the life of a reader. It is challenging. Probably my favorite two chapters were chapter 7 entitled Stand Your Ground and chapter 8 entitled Find Your People. I will go back to those chapters time and again. The price of the book is $22.99 which seems a little high but that is why we have book discounter sites for right? I had just a few moments in the book where my personal theology cringed just a bit but overall it was sound. If you want to do some heart work in your own life, then pick up this book today.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."
Joseph BourPAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Find Your Missing PieceSeptember 23, 2017Joseph BourPAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0First off, I must say this book was provided to me free of charge from the publisher. I have purchased a copy besides that to share with a friend. We can all gain value by spending some time in these pages, searching for an answer to a question that perhaps we didn't even know before reading this! I have felt like I just was missing something to reach my potential in the Lord's will for me, but didn't know what it was! I found my answer here! I realize now that while doing things with all my passion is what I thought I was doing, I really wasn't because I was missing a very important ingredient -- "my people"! The ancient African saying :"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far go together" has become very important to me. I love the thought "Your best future is waiting in your deepest relationships." Thank you Erwin McManus for bringing this truth to light for all of us! It has made a significant difference in my life! I look forward to finding my people and being everything God has called me to be!
Preacherrocky5 Stars Out Of 5Challenging to a 'normal' Christian way of life.September 14, 2017PreacherrockyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From beginning to end McManus calls for expecting God to give His best. Reminding the audience that God doesn't give everything, every time without us giving to Him our complete devotion and expecting more.
Full of personal stories, and stories from the lives of those McManus has met along the path of life you can sense that is value to expecting more than average. The connections to the pages of the Bible show that God has done more than people have expected too many times for us to play it safe.
So strike the arrows, not once, not twice, not three times, but over and over until there are none left.
Mark4 Stars Out Of 5convicting readSeptember 11, 2017MarkQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4There is a story in the Old Testament that is the idea behind this book. It is the story of the prophet Elisha having King Joash shoot an arrow, then beat the rest of the arrows on the ground. The king was chastised for not beating the arrows on the ground more times than he did.
The idea behind the book, and the description of the book intrigued me enough to apply to be in the launch team, and the book did not disappoint. Using his scare with cancer and some other events in his life, McManus has written a great book addressing this issue of holding nothing back as we live our lives for Christ.
The book is well written, and is very convicting. I am sure I am not the only person who tends to hold back, and this book is all about doing the complete opposite. I found the book to be a quick and easy read, though one that definitely makes you think.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review,.