Wednesday, April 20, 2011


UNLEASHED: Release The Untamed Faith Within (previously released as The Barbarian Way) is a small book that packs a powerful punch. Author, Erwin Raphael McManus asks if you believe Jesus died simply to give you an easy, trouble-free life. That seems to be the belief of too many Christians. It is also misleading to many non-Christians who believe that following Christ is the path to instantly having your problems taken away. To quote the back cover: "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." (emphasis mine)

Is this the life you are looking for...or are you content to just muddle through in what I call "social club" Christianity?  There is nothing wrong with gathering with your faith family for fun and fellowship, but I don't want that to be my entire experience in my walk with Christ. I want to follow so closely to Him and in obedience that I can truly make an impact. Writing with a knowledge, passion, and sense of humor that I love, McManus clearly shows how the "barbarian way" is the most exhilarating path for Christ-followers. If you are content with the safe, timid belief in Jesus as your Savior, with no desire other than to make sure you have done the minimum requirement to get into Heaven, then this is not the book for you. However, if you want to have a passionate relationship with Christ and a full dependence on Him as you serve Him and reach out to others, I highly recommend Unleashed! My only complaint was that I did not want to stop reading. I must read more books by this author!

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