Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Unleased: A Book Review

About The Book:

Unleashed gives a call to escape a tame Christianity and become original, powerful, untamed Christians—just as Christ intended.
Author Erwin McManus wasn’t raised in a Christian home, so when he came to Christ as a college student, he didn’t know the rules of the "religious club." He didn’t do well in Shakespeare courses, so he didn’t really understand the KJV Bible he was given either. But he did understand that prayer was a conversation, and he learned to talk to God and wait for answers. Erwin’s way was passionate and rough around the edges—a sincere, barbaric journey to Christ.
Barbaric Christians see Jesus differently than civilized Christians. They see disciples differently, and they see Christ’s mission differently. Unleashed is a call to escape "civilized" Christianity and become original, powerful, untamed Christians—just as Christ intended.

About The Author:
Erwin Raphael McManus is a storyteller, an activist, and a creative. Erwin serves as the principle visionary and primary communicator of Mosaic in Los Angeles.  He is the author of eight books, the founder of Temple Bags, and his films include Crave: The Documentary.
 My Review:

In the last year I have had the opportunity to read many books that have challenged everything that I had thought about my faith in Jesus Christ. Some have been scripturally sound, others not so much. Some have been to-the-point blunt in their delivery, others very sugar coated. But all have touched me and taught me much. Now I get to introduce you to another great book that will challenge you as never before.

McManus writes in his book Unleased (a re-release of The Barbarian Way) that we are not on this Earth to live comfortable lives, in neat little boxes, to do the status quo. We are called to live our life out loud for the Lord. To get dirty, uncomfortable and "unleashed" for our Lord. Too many times we, as Christians in general, just go through the motions. Living our lives because "that's the way our parents, friends, etc do it. Each of us is given specific life circumstances and gifts to do God's work here on Earth. If we were all meant to live in a box and be all the same, life would be boring. 

McManus explains that church today is not the way that Jesus intended. Its not supposed to be easy, pretty and comfortable. Living our life for Christ is such that we are living our life differently, in the world but not of it! If you want to keep living your life as the status quo, do not read this book. However, if you want to be challenged to live your faith out loud then I highly recommend you read Unleashed! This is definitely one book I will read again more slowly (read it very fast for sake of review) as it is full of great nuggets! A small book, at only 141 pages, but it definitley packs a punch!

"Jesus leads us into the heart of the dark kingdom, into the soul of what is most evil. He takes us where mankind has chosen to live. He calls us to where the darkness has made those who wander there desperate for light. He leads us as warriors of light to risk our lives for the deliverance of others. Again, our own weapons are love, hope, and faith, and they are our only defense. Yet we above all know that they and only they liberate us and fulfill the deepest longings of our soul.

If you choose to live your life in this way, if you make the insane decision to live your life for the sake of others, if you choose to follow the One whose barbarian path led Him to the brutality of the Cross, and if you embrace His invitation to take up our own cross and follow Him, then it has begun. If you dare allow God to unlock your primal spirit, He will unleash the raw and untamed faith within. Then you will know you have chosen the barbarian way out of civilization." (p. 140-141 from Unleased)
BUY IT: You can purchase Unleashed by Erwin Rahphael McManus from your favorite bookseller from Thomas Nelson
***I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of my participation in BookSneeze, complimentary of Thomas Nelson, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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