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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Erwin R. McManus (BA, University of North Carolina; MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as lead pastor and cultural architect of Mosaic, a diverse, multi-ethnic church based in Los Angeles, California. As founder of Awaken, an entrepreneurial community, Erwin collaborates with a team of dreamers and innovators who specialize in the field of developing and unleashing personal and organizational creativity. A national and international consultant on culture, change, leadership, and creativity, he partners with Bethel Theological Seminary as a futurist and distinguished lecturer. He is the author of the ECPA Silver Medallion Award-winning book, An Unstoppable Force, and Seizing Your Divine Moment, Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul, and The Barbarian Way.
danaesrMexico City, MxAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This product is challenging!March 30, 2012danaesrMexico City, MxAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5It is a book that challenges your Christian roots and makes you examine where are you standing in your faith. It is very encouraging and makes you go "out there" and live your faith!
HuntterHastings, NEAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Better than expected!!August 24, 2011HuntterHastings, NEAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely loved this book!! When I first requested the book it sounded interesting, but I wasn't sure what to expect. I started reading and couldn't stop! It was incredible and it helped me to realize that I need to step out of this so called Ã¢â¬ËChristian World' and live out my faith in the world. It also helped as I was getting ready to go to a big christian youth event and needed to reconnect and strengthen my relationship with Christ. It is a great book, that presents the biblical truth of living your faith out like the early Christians did. Amazing book!!!
NicoleCharlottesville, VAAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Exceeded my expectationsJune 15, 2011NicoleCharlottesville, VAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Christian civilization is held together by rules and rituals; the barbarian revolt is fueled by the passion of God and guided by the mission of God. If our children are going to walk away from Christ, we need to raise them in such a way that they understand to walk away from Jesus is to walk away from a life of faith, risk, and adventure to choose a life that is boring, mundane, and ordinary." (pg 122)
McManus wrote Unleashed to explain how he feels that Jesus wants us to live the barbarian way. He explains the difference between a civilized christian and a barbarian christian. Throughout this book McManus shares stories of his own along with stories of his family and how they handled them. Chapter by chapter he tells a story from the bible, a story of his own, and then what he got out of both of them. If ever there was a christian who felt like an outcast at their church because they did not follow the path everyone else was on, this would be the book for them.
I am not a person who often reads christian literature however this book seemed very interesting to me. I had never heard of a barbarian christian before and I won't lie, the name itself intrigued me. I am not as up to par with my bible knowledge as I should be so while reading this book I kept a bible near by so I could read what he was talking about in the bible as well. Every story he told was exactly what was written in the bible (only, of course, in different words). I loved the fact that he would tell a story from the bible, tell a correlating story from his/his family's life then reflect on it. One of my favorite parts in the book is when he tells his son to go ahead jump off the roof. I won't spoil his message from that story but it is a good one. I surprisingly enjoyed this book a lot. It is definitely a book that I will recommend to my friends.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
gagirlinflaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Unleashed by Erwin Raphael McManusMay 27, 2011gagirlinflaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3When I first received my copy of Erwin McManus' Unleashed: Release the Untamed Faith Within, I couldn't help but wonder what I was getting myself into. One truly cannot judge this book by its cover for it is deceiving to its message. Though Unleashed is a fairly short book, it offers great words of wisdom throughout its entirety. Erwin McManus has this idea of being barbaric with not just religion, but in one's faith. He discusses how Jesus Christ demands this way of living in His word, the Holy Bible. As the reader, one clearly sees McManus' desire of being barbaric of his faith in Jesus Christ. He approaches Unleashed head on, leaving no room for breathe for the reader. Unleashed is composed with a direct harsh-bluntness directed to the reader, yet there is no other way I see that McManus could have expressed his concerns of this issue in today's time. His style of expression is absolute perfect example of what Unleashed is all about. He directs attention to how spontaneity Jesus wants our faith to be, reminding the reader that it isn't about them, but God. I am thankful to have been lucky enough to have read McManus' passion filled wisdom and highly recommend it to anyone who is without faith, struggling with faith, or have plateaued with one's faith.
PBJonesEdmonton, AlbertaAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5May 22, 2011PBJonesEdmonton, AlbertaAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Unleashed, by Erwin McManus
Unleashed is a re-release of McManus' book, "The Barbarian Way." BookSneezeÃÂ® provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review. Reading the first few pages made me wonder if McManus' observations on the contemporary Church had become the characterization of his own writing experience. "Unleashed" has a bit more "civilized" sounding approach to radical discipleship than the term "barbarian."
I developed a love-hate relationship with the rest of the book. I hated the idea that McManus felt that such a book needed to be written and loved the style and content of the book.
The jury is still out for me on whether the church is actually "too civilized." McManus uses a pretty wide brush to paint his picture. As the pastor of a large suburban church I resonate with McManus' desire to mobilize the church. "When the church is a movement, our stewardship becomes the unleashing of our God-given gifts, talents, and passions. My goal is not to cast a vision that everyone buys into, but to create a visional community where everyone who enters in begins to have wild and God-sized dreams and visions." p. 103 That is spot on with what the Spirit of God has been recently prompting us to share in our Sunday messages. Our vision is to insure that everyone in our church family is equipped, unleashed and supported in using their SHAPE to serve God wherever He leads.
I would love to put a copy of this book in the hands of everyone in our church. It's a simple and inspiring read. It would come with one proviso - simply "going" outside our comfort zone does not make us any less a missionary than going outside of our geographic zone. The most vital mission field is the marriage you are in, the children you have been gifted to raise, the work associates with whom you spend a significant portion of your life and the neighbours you rub shoulders with. What brings the greatest glory to God is to do his will and to "be about his business" and that can be accomplished by unconditionally loving those around you. That in itself demands a selfless sacrifice made possible by experiencing the unconditional love of God. I have printed out McManus' observation on page 61 as an inspiration to strive for intimacy with God. "We have become believers rather than experiencers. To know God in the Scriptures always went beyond information to intimacy." Unleash the potential of your intimacy with God.