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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. Is this really what Jesus died for? If He chose the way of the cross, where would He hesitate leading us? Is it possible that to follow Jesus is to choose the barbarian way?Jesus never made a priTwo 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. Is this really what Jesus died for? If He chose the way of the cross, where would He hesitate leading us? Is it possible that to follow Jesus is to choose the barbarian way?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 desires of your heart.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....

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The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within Reviews

  • Britt
    2018-12-07 21:55

    Great book. McManus isn't saying anything new, but what he is saying is important and thought provoking. There were a few things that, obvious as they really are, had never actually occurred to me.The book deals with an issue that has bothered me for a long time. The current church is too safe. It's too clean. It's too neat. It's too bureaucratic. It's too controlled. It's too insular. McManus encourages his readers to embrace a barbarian faith. I grew up in a church where we learned that the easiest decision in life is to accept Jesus as our personal savior, and life will be grand ever after. If you actually read the Bible, a major theme you'll notice is that following God is not even close to easy, it is not a walk in the park, it is a struggle. McManus reminds us of this, but he also reminds us that living a life for God can also be the most liberating, invigorating, challenging, exciting and fulfilling path. Embracing God creates a passion for life and love and the inability to not act.The danger of religion is that we have forgotten there is a war going on around us. We look toward the future, expecting eternal life to begin after death, but we need to be fully engaged in life right now. We need to see every aspect of life as part of the sacred and we need to see everything we do as spiritual. We need to act intentionally, so we further God's kingdom instead of hinder it.So, something that is really so simple but that I failed to grasp is there is no standard Christian. God uses each of us in a unique and original way. His plan for each of us is not to live in an identical manner as those around us, but to unleash the particular talents and passions that He has given us to live out a wild, charging faith that glorifies Him. Now, I know we each have unique God-given gifts, but I suppose I had always placed that knowledge within the too safe confines of the current mainstream church within which I grew up.He tells a story about his son and how one day he climbed out the bathroom window onto the roof. He wanted to jump off the roof, so he asked his dad and, horrifying his wife, he said go for it. While I don't advocate children jumping off roofs, he does use it to illustrate an important point. We have people telling us God wants us safe and happy, but what He really wants from us is to build up the courage to trust Him and just jump.So, less of a review and more of a summing up of points I found interesting and important.

  • Alex
    2018-12-05 21:05

    The Barbarian Way is written by a guy who lets his kids jump of the roof and goes to a church where men strip off naked for a tug-of-war after a retreat in the mountains. "A group of buzzards waiting around together to feat on leftover carnage is called a committee. Just this one insight is worth the prices of the whole book..." and probably sums up the tone of the book.McManus is an iconoclast, although he doesn't come across as an angry one. He wants Christians to let go of civilised religion, which tends to restrict our freedom and the pursuit of Christ, and enter into an unruly pursuit of God. His call is to danger, not safety, and sacrifice, not prosperity. He also does better with alliteration than do I.At 146 fairly small pages it's short, and the popular kind of generic inspirational Christian literature that isn't very demanding. But I really enjoyed reading it and felt challenged to let out my inner barbarian. The point, of course, is not rape and pillage, but to let nothing and no one hold us back from the radical pursuit of Christ, a radical love for others and an unleashing of dreams towards that end. Two stand outs for me: 1. The call to danger and suffering rather than safety. A guy who deliberately encourages his kids to embrace risk and discomfort for the sake of growth is pretty out there. This is a much needed remedy to much of the soft, flabby religion that passes for Christianity today.2. The call to mystical faith. God wants us to experience him, not just study him. McManus' mysticism is very edgy, not medieval, and I wholeheartedly agree with him, as he describes it. I've been thinking about this in regard to the coming year so it was a real encouragement.

  • Amanda
    2018-12-08 21:02

    McManus is certainly not normal, nor a voice of reason, but he would consider both of those evaluations as complimentary. The book is chock full of powerful quotes that make you reevaluate why we try so hard to achieve the status quo. And it captures a Jesus who was not boring, nice, sweet, or tamed - someone actually worth following. If you yearn to experience a Christianity that isn't boring or safe, I recommend reading this book.

  • Eric Herendeen
    2018-11-15 19:55

    It was ok. The whole point seemed to be go out there and do something for God.

  • Jill Wallace
    2018-11-16 18:55

    This book definitely made me think. Are we too safe and too civilized in the modern church? Probably we are. The book made me uncomfortable in a good way. Will I look out for ways to be more of a Christian barbarian? Most definitely!

  • Starr
    2018-12-07 00:03

    Unleashed by Erwin Raphael McManus A challenge is presented to all Christians to approach their faith in a way that mirrors the times of the Bible. It’s a challenge to not live out a faith in a life of ease and comfort, but to live faith out in the ways that are so far from tradition that it’s barbaric. I like it; it's short sweet and to the point. But I think the message of the book is really the part that I struggle with the most. It is not that I don't completely agree with what McMannus is saying. I do, Christians have become civilized and religious with their relationship. But, I can't help thinking that maybe he missed something in his attempt to show us that there is another way to live out our faith. We all have our own ideas of radical, our own ideas of barbarism. Maybe we don't face our fears by leaving our security to pursue our dreams in Nashville as his daughter did, or to go on missions overseas or at home. Maybe we don't all have the guts to become a public speaker and proclaim the good news. And maybe religion makes sense to us, because what others may see as rituals and going through the motions is really our way of walking out our faith. Yes, Jesus walked away from his life as a carpenter to fulfill his divine purpose. Yes, he called out to people asking them to follow him. Yes, he came and turned our worlds completely upside down, he challenged the norms of his times and of our own. But the beauty of having a personal God is that we reflect him through our faith, we show the world how we see God. For some that may be more civilized and for others it may be barbaric. God doesn't change, He never has and He never will. But we will; we are constantly changing. As will our reflection of God and who we see him as. John the Baptist didn't see Jesus the same way that Mary Magdalene did. When Peter and Thomas looked at Jesus they saw the same man before them, but they didn't see the same God. And it is all of these different perceptions of God that brings out all of His personality and characteristics. I think that above all, that's kind of the point. I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Booksneeze book bloggers program. I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

  • Jeremy Copeland
    2018-12-11 21:50

    One of my favorites. I give it to people all the time to read. If you're tired of faith the way it is, and believe there must be more to it than what you've experienced so far, you have to read this book. McManus taps into something that is written on our hearts and in our souls and he awakens a longing in us that can't be stopped.

  • Jonathan
    2018-11-16 17:10

    McManus is inspirational and insightful. This is a quick read, I think meant to have a little bit every day. Not real substantive, he's definitely trying to make his point to as wide an audience as possible, and he succeeds.

  • CraigCalvert
    2018-11-30 19:55

    If this book doesn't get you fired up to drop everything and follow the Lord in a Barbaric way, I don't know what will. Any christian that is having trouble taking a next step, and fully surrendering to be a Christ follower, should read this book!

  • Aaron
    2018-12-04 21:20

    My review here:

  • Kelly
    2018-12-04 23:06

    “To have the Spirit of God dwelling within the heart of someone who chooses a domesticated faith is like having a tiger trapped within a cage. You are not intended to be a spiritual zoo where people can look at God in you from a safe distance. You are a jungle where the Spirit roams wild and free in your life. You are the recipient of the God who cannot be tamed and of a faith that must not be tamed. You are no longer a prisoner of time and space, but a citizen of the kingdom of God – a resident of the barbarian tribe. God is not a sedative that keeps you calm and under control by dulling your senses. He does quite the opposite. He awakens your spirit to be truly alive.” (page 66)“Those who brought me to the faith did not take the time to civilize me. They brought me to the barbarian way and never tried to make me like them – only like Christ. They brought me into the presence of the living God and knew that His presence would both consume me and transform me.” (Page 77)• Regarding the conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit in a young boy named Aaron, and his father talking him through the struggle (page 88-89): “Aaron, is there any voice inside you telling you what you should do? He paused and then responded, “Yes.” “What’s the voice telling you?” “That I should stay and work it out.” I asked him, “Can you identify that voice?” He immediately said, “Yes. It’s God.” It was the moment I had waited for. I didn’t expect it to come under those circumstances. Nevertheless, it was there. I turned to Aaron and said, “Aaron, do you realize what just happened? You just heard the voice of the living God. He spoke to you from within your soul. Forget everything else that just happened. God has spoken to you, and you were able to recognize Him” I’ll never forget his response: “Well, I’m still not doing what He said.” I explained to him that was his choice, but this was what would happen. If he rejected the voice of God and chose to disobey His guidance, his heart would become hardened, and his ears would become dull. And if he continued on this path, there would be a day when he would never again hear the voice of God. There would come a day when he would deny that God even speaks or has ever spoken to him. But if he treasured God’s voice and responded to Him with obedience, then his heart would be softened, and his ears would always be able to hear the whisper of God into his soul.”“God made an emphatic declaration that He will prove He is God and He is holy not through His action but through the actions of His people. A civilized faith relates to right and wrong as moral obligation. A barbarian faith loves good and hates evil. There is no obligation fueling the actions of His people. They are passionate about the very things that are on the heart of God. Their motivation is not external, but intrinsic. They are moved from the inside out. Speaking again of this new covenant, God described what this primal transformation will look like:‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God. (Exekiel 36:26-8, italics added)’” (Page 92) “How many stories do we need of children who grow up in church being forced to act like Christians rather than being won to the heart of God? Both are an effort to shape the character of our children. The first is an external force; the latter an internal force. The civilized Christian does what is right out of fear; the barbarian does what is right out of love. The 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 that to walk away from Jesus is to walk away from a life of faith, risk, and adventure and to choose a life that is boring, mundane, and ordinary.“ (Page 121-122)“I’ve seen far too many kids raised in Christian homes who are indifferent to Christ and often carry a great disdain for the church. Sometimes it’s the result of blatant hypocrisy, but other times it’s the result of nothing less than sheer monotony and boredom. We raise our children in the cocoon of a domesticated faith and wonder why they run as far as they can to find adventure.” (Page 119)“I am saying that we need to find the courage and freedom to be ourselves. We need to let ourselves become the unique individuals that god created us to be. We need to stop trying to be what everyone else wants us to be and stop worrying about what everyone else thinks. Civilized people measure one another by their robes and signet rings. The barbarians measure only heart and actions. Barbarians live as if they are naked before God and naked before men. They have nothing to hide; they do not waste their energy pretending to be someone they’re not. It was Nathaniel, whom Jesus saw while he was alone under a fig tree, that He described as a man without guile. God sees straight through to the heart and looks for those in whom there is nothing false. The barbarian hides nothing before God, and his tribe battles naked and unashamed.” (Page 133)

  • Teresa
    2018-11-12 20:17

    Not great writing, but easy to read and gave me something to think about... again. I like the imagery that church community has become domesticated and instead it ought to resemble the celtic barbarians. But I wonder what the wives of those celtic barbarians were like. Having a meek and gentle spirit doesn't seem to be what McManus is thinking of.

  • Jonathan Bullington
    2018-11-21 22:57

    Amazing insight and honest approach to walking in a place of faith and trust.

  • Jack Richardson
    2018-11-23 17:10

    EhIt was a lot of his opinions and learned a lot about him. Not really a book I would recommend.

  • Kavin Kramer
    2018-11-27 22:00

    I see why some of my friends speak so highly of this man. He is a true visionary on how to engage culture. This book will no doubt effect me for a long time to come.

  • Charlesia
    2018-11-27 01:09

    To be born of god is to be made a citizen in the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom is at war. Do not confuse this Kingdom with paradise. Salvation is not reentry into a paradise lost;it is enlistment into the mission of God.The call of Jesus is one that demands action.The invitation of Jesus is a revolutionary call to fight for the heart of humanity. We are called to an unconventional war using only the weapons of faith, hope and love.The cost to participate in this mission of God is nothing less than everything we are and everything we have.If you are a follower of Christ, then you are called to fight for the heart of your King. It is a life fueled by passion – a passion for God and a passion for people. Its hard to imagine that Jesus would endure the agony of the Cross just to keep us in line. Let your heart beat to the rhythm of the heart of God.The barbarian way is about love, intimacy, passion, and sacrifice. Barbarians love to live and live to love. For them God is life and their mission is to reconnect humanity to Him. The soul of the barbarian is made alive by the presence of Jesus. The way of the barbarian can only be found by listening to the voice of the Spirit. Jesus is being lost in a religion bearing His name. People are being lost because they cannot reconcile Jesus’ association with Christianity.Even then Jesus understood His purpose was to save us not from pain and suffering but from meaningless.If anyone would come after me he must deny himself and take u his cross daily and follow me.The barbarian way is about love expressed through sacrifice and servant hood.We too are called to path filled with uncertainty, mystery and risk.HE is not calling you to the same life that everyone else will live. He’s not even calling you to the same path that every follower of Christ will walk. Your life is unique before God and your path is yours and yours alone. Where God will choose to lead you and how God chooses to use your life cannot be predicted by how God has worked in the lives of others before you.To walk in the character of Christ is always the right choice, regardless of outcome or consequence.? Instead of concluding it is best to be wherever God wants us to be, we have decided that wherever it is best for us to be is where God wants us.God would never choose for us safety at the cost of significance.True religion always moves us to serve others and to give our lives to see those oppressed find freedom.Jesus’ death wasn’t to free us from dying, but to free us from the fear of death. Jesus came to liberate us so that we could die up front and then live.The more you love Him the more you will love others. If you genuinely embrace His sacrifice, you will joyfully embrace a sacrificial life.What was invisible to others was clear to them. Their lives could not be explained apart from God.If you are a follower of Christ and you have allowed yourself to be domesticated, you have lost the power of who you are and who God intends for you to be. You were not created to be normal.Our goal must not be to populate the Christian religion but to bring people into a genuine relationship with God. They loved their civilized religion far more than they long to know the God who created them.

  • Libbydale
    2018-11-19 00:01

    Wow! Makes me want to live this kind of faith again, which I used to have more in the way of. I have definitely become a "civilized" Christian, but wish to not be! :)Some excerpts I really liked from chapter 4:"Jesus is telling us in no uncertain terms that there is a battle raging. This is perhaps the most important reason why we must choose the barbarian way and resist a temptation to become civilized. Domesticated Christians are far too willing to abdicate the battle for the soul of the world...Civility focuses our energy on all the wrong places. We spend our lives emphasizing our personal development and spiritual well-being. 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. Or we choose political and secular vehicles to try to advance our cultural values, strangely attempting to make unbelieving people act like civilized believers....For centuries the nations that have considered themselves civilized have chosen weapons that wield pain and destruction on the weak and the innocent. The Romans, borrowing the phrase from the Greeks, described as barbarians all who were not of Rome...the Romans exemplify the great virtues of civilization. From violence to decadence...It's appropriate that the first Christians were barbarians to Rome...there came a day when the same barbarians turned Rome upside wasn't long before Rome seduced and civilized the early church. The church did, in fact, become Roman...civilized. And soon the same violence and decadence defined the Christian faith rather than opposed it. We put on robes, built cathedrals, accumulated wealth and power, then lost our barbarian way. We find Judaism in the same tragic condition during the days of Jesus....Given that the God of Israel, it should strike us extraordinary that He was not welcome there. But then again, Jesus didn't like it there...He became disgusted by what He saw...incensed by how Judaism had become a religious retail business that He began to destroy the sellers' merchandise....Jesus was not against business...His anger was evoked because the sellers of goods had made access to God a business. They had made forgiveness something you could purchase. They had made the guilt and shame of others the marketplace for their profit...They had become so good at religion that they had no need for God. They were so full of themselves that they had no room for God. When it came down to it, they loved their civilized religion far more than they longed to know the God who created them. The treasured the civilization built around the religion and despised the primal faith from which it was born. They would rather have the temple than the Presence."Yikes--convictingly convincing!

  • Bryon
    2018-11-18 21:50

    I just finished Erwin Raphael McManus’s book The Barbarian Way. This was a great read enjoyed by both myself and the beautiful and charming Susan. The following is an excerpt from the book.I was surprised to learn that a group of buzzards waiting around together to feast on leftover carnage is called a committee. Just this one insight is worth the price of the whole book. This explains so much of what’s going on in churches – a lot of committees waiting around to live off human carnage.Groups of flamingos are called flamboyants, which for some reason reminds me of TV evangelists. And groups of the less glamorous owls are known as parliaments. They do seem sort of British.But my favorite of all is the group designation for rhinos. You see, rhinos can run at thirty miles an hour, which is pretty fast when you consider how much weight they’re pulling. They’re actually faster than squirrels, which can run at up to twenty-six miles an hour. And even then, who’s going to live in dread of a charging squirrel? (Sorry – that was a bit off the point.) Running at thirty miles an hour is faster than a used Pinto will go. Just one problem with this phenomenon. Rhinos can see only thirty feet in front of them. Can you imagine something that large moving in concert as a group, plowing ahead at thirty miles an hour with no idea what’s at thirty-one feet? You would think that they would be far too timid to pick up full steam, that their inability to see far enough ahead would paralyze them into immobility. But with that horn pointing the way, rhinos run forward full steam ahead without apprehension, which leads us to their name.Rhinos moving together at full speed are known as a crash. Even when they’re just hanging around enjoying the watershed, they’re called a crash because of their potential. You’ve got to love that. I think that’s what we’re supposed to be. That’s what happens when we become barbarians and shake free of domestication and civility. The church becomes a crash. We become an unstoppable force. We don’t have to pretend to know the future. Who cares if we can only see thirty feet ahead? Whatever’s at thirty-one feet needs to care that we’re coming and better get out of the way.We need to move together as God’s people, a barbarian tribe, and become the human version of the rhino crash. The future is uncertain, but we need to move toward it with confidence. There’s a future to be created, a humanity to be liberated. We need to stop wasting our time and stop being afraid of what we cannot see and do not know. We need to move forward full force because of what we do know.

  • Paige
    2018-11-20 21:51

    Unleashed; defined as "to allow something to have its full effect." That is definitely what Erwin Raphael McManus' book is all about. As Christians, we have to allow God and believing to have its full effect on our lives. We have to be barbaric Christians."If we have responded to the call of Jesus to leave everything and follow Him, then there is a voice within us crying out, "Fight for the heart of your King"(pg. 4)! We need to be able to proclaim the name of Jesus and not be ashamed of the consequences and judgments that will be thrust upon us. We need to love to live and live to love and there is something in us that is just waiting to come out through a raw expression of love. We must hear the barbarian call, form the barbarian tribe, and unleash the barbarian revolt.We need to pick up our cross daily if we hear the barbarian call. We have to be able to follow the path of uncertainty, mystery, and risk. It is definitely a life-or-death situation if you really, truly follow Christ the way that is intended. Jesus said, "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first." It gives hope to those that give everything to follow Christ. The days that we are here on earth should count; we should not be counting the days. We need to be a witness to those who do not have one. Remember, Christ dined with sinners, not the pure at heart because the sinners are the ones in need of His love.Everyone called to Christ are to embrace the warrior lifestyle. We must be able to fight for our Lord and our rights. You are not able to meet the Creator of the Universe and go unchanged. Many people believe that if you follow Christ, you will be in a spiritual cage and will not be able to be free. It is totally opposite, though. You will be able to truly be alive through Christ and live the way the is meant for all to live. Your heart and eyes will open wider and your soul will come alive. Traditions and stability should all go away for the barbarian life to really thrive. There is always a challenge and risk in the life of a barbaric Christian.I very much enjoyed how McManus combined his own life experiences in with this great read. It opened my eyes on how I should be living and I guarantee it will for you too!If you liked this review, go to rantsandravesbypaige.blogspot.comIf you didn't like this review, go to

  • Seth Comfort
    2018-11-21 21:55

    Last week, I finished reading The Barbarian Way by Erwin Raphael McManus, and I really enjoyed this book. This was a quick read with 146 pages, I was able to get through it in less than a week. The back cover describes the book like this: "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. Is this really what Jesus died for? If He chose the way of the cross, where would he hesitate leading us? Is it possible that to follow Jesus is to choose the barbarian way? 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 desires of your heart. 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."Erwin starts off the book with the story of Jephthah the Gileadite, he was a mighty man of valor, a warrior that was kicked out of his homeland, but then brought back to be their commander and fight against the people of Ammon (Judges 11:1-11). It is a great way to start off the book, he goes on to unpack this barbarian way and we are not called to stay on the path of least resistance. He also unpacks John the Baptist and, in a way, how crazy he was. Wearing clothes made of animal and eating locust...not your average prophet! Through all of his stories and biblical references, he continually ties it into how we are living our lives today. He challenges me to look deeper at the choices I make on a daily basis and to really listen to where God is calling me to go. He also reminds Christians that we were not baptised by a passive spirit, but by the fire of the holy spirit and that shouldn't be taken lightly. There is a fire burning within us, the fire of Jesus, just waiting to run wild!All in all, I thought this was a great book, it challenged my thinking and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Jeanette
    2018-12-02 23:02

    "If we have responded to the call of Jesus to leave everything and follow Him, then there is a voice within us crying out, 'Fight for the heart of your King!'" (4)"God is life, and [our] mission is to reconnect humanity to Him." (13)"Jesus is being lost in a religion bearing His name. People are being lost because they cannot reconcile Jesus' association with Christianity." (17)"Instead of concluding it is best to be wherever God wants us to be, we have decided that wherever it is best for us to be is where God wants us." (44)"You cannot meet the Creator of the universe and remain the same. If the God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present comes to dwell within your soul, you would expect at least some minor disruption." (65)"And isn't that the whole point of choosing to live an adventure - to keep your eyes wide open and to soak in the beauty of the life all around you?" (69)"...Jesus can wonderfully make you healthy [mentally/emotionally], He has no ambition to make you normal." (70) //reminds me of C.S. Lewis"Later [after his early born again life experience in college where God made it snow in answer to his prayers] I would go to seminary and learn that God doesn't speak like this [through miracles] anymore. Essentially I was told that God exchanged the mystical and miraculous for doctrine and ritual. What the Spirit once did, programs have now replaced, and even the Scriptures became proof that God had stopped speaking." (77)"The Scriptures are filled with stories of women and men who heard God speak and acted as if hearing Him were normal." (83)"The barbarian way is a path where we are God-taught and God-moved, but we are also God-inspired." (99)"We are called to fear only God. There is an important reason for this. What we fear is what we're subject to; our fears define our master." (101)"When the Spirit of God comes to live within you, you strangely become aware of your inadequacy an your extraordinary potential." (104)"The civilized Christian does what is right out of fear; the barbarian does what is right out of love." (121)"Everyone who swears allegiance to Christ bears responsibility for humanity." (124)

  • Samantha Davis
    2018-11-10 20:56

    The Barbarian way:unleash the untamed faith within by Erwin Raphael Mcmanus,I was confused about what the words in the few pages were saying in the book.Erwin asked "What does a prophet look like to you?", I thought someone who will guide us in the correct direction and turn away evil, going towards to the good.In the book, it says John The Baptist was a "crazy" person to many and people did not expect him to bring the uprising of Jesus Christ cause he did not wear "normal clothes", had honey musk on the side of him. I thought for a sec , maybe he was crazy but then again I know of him, just I don't know him.As I was reading further into the book, I got a question popping into my head a few times. "What is truly happiness?" until I found that only True Happiness was releasing your love for God and Jesus Christ, Thinking "really? How can it be that simply to do that?". I found that simply believing in All Loving God/Jesus Christ, having faith in him knowing that when you fall. He will catch you and I felt almost shedding a tear not at that moment but later on when i thought about it cause there is so much love going towards so much in every person. This book inspired me to have more faith in my faith but I always end up not doing so in the end. I am afraid if I do I would end up being "crazy" to others.I am working progressively on to show my faith for Jesus Christ cause i know he died for everyone sins and save everybody! I recommend this book who would want to unleash their faith for Christ more and teaching me how to ignore others of what they say to me,forgiving others, and loving them even if i do not know them personally!

  • Stephanie McGarrity
    2018-12-06 17:07

    Today for a book review, I present to you Unleashed: Release the Untamed Within by Erwin Raphael McManus. I actually had the privilege of hearing McManus speak last month at Willow Creek last month, so it was easy for me to relate and hear his voice as I read this book.McManus’s theme for this book is having dramatic faith in God. Faith that causes one to become a barbarian. At the beginning of the book, he describes his definition of barbarian. At first, it was a little difficult for me to accept, but as the book continued, I become more and more convinced of his theory. Throughout the book, personal stories and bible stories are scattered and strung together to form images and pictures of what this barbarian faith looks like and how many people in the church today have become domesticated. We box ourselves in to this world of safety in the church when we were originally called to be free and radical for God.One of my favorite quotes from the book is, ‘Somehow Christianity has become a non-mystical religion. It’s about a reasonable faith…We have become believers rather than experiencers.” I love this quote and it fits nicely with the premise of the book. This book challenges you to step out of the proverbial comfort zone and become the person God created you to be. McManus never says that the process is easy or comfortable, and in fact he stresses the opposite, acknowledging that Jesus never promised that the road you choose to follow would be smooth and straight. Jesus did promise a life of meaningfulness. And that’s what we’re striving for.

  • Hilarey Johnson
    2018-12-04 21:10

    Unleashed, Release the Untamed Faith Within, by Erwin Raphael McManus is about leaving the domesticated, cultured lifestyle where the Christian religion has settled and returning to the primal, barbarian-way of the first followers of Christ.McManus says that Jesus' death wasn't to free us from dying, but to free us from the fear of dying.He also talks about how a rule-based religion tries to motivate us the way love should, and that most of Jesus' fire and brimstone sermons were directed toward the religious. He brings up the thought that Christ didn't "endure the agony of the Cross just to keep us in line."I cannot say enough good about this book. It is well written, engaging and easy to read. I found myself reading with a pencil in hand. I usually try to refrain from writing in books but I couldn't help circling or notating so that I could come back later and mull over certain concepts.I was particularly challenged when he discussed his own experience as a barbarian and a parent. He said it was okay for him to live the "irrational faith and breathtaking adventure," but for his daughter he wanted security and safety.I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. It is one I recommend without reservation to anyone. If your faith feels stagnant, you are new to Christ or you are curious why Christians seem boring, mean or hypocritical at times--this book delves into what Christ intended, and offers.

  • Patrick
    2018-12-01 20:05

    Truly an inspiring book, it lights a fire under your faith and puts the fight back into the "Walk". Erwin McManus brings "Christianity" back to its raw roots and reveals why it's important to be a "Barbarian Christian" and not a "Civilized Christian". Many Christians...myself included, have been weakened by religion and rituals that the Church has slowly started operating in over the last 2,000 years. As believer it is easy to get comfortable and domesticated and read about Jesus, John the Baptist, and others with fierce faith and no compromise as mere stories for their times. McManus corrects that thinking in this book with how it is necessary today not to believe but to be, “Found through the liberation of you soul that each barbarian walks a path that unleashes raw and untamed faith." There is a desire in all of us to break out of these boundaries and live to the fullest; many have walked away from "Christianity" because adventure and freedom is not portrayed as an option. McManus says, " His desire is not to conform us, but to transform us. Not to make us compliant, but to make us creative. His intent is never to domesticate us, but to liberate us."If you are feeling shut down, turned off or dissatisfied by the "safe Christianity” that you have been raised in or shown as the “best way”, then let this book encourage you to live untamed with the walk that He has called you too!

  • Glen
    2018-11-19 17:05

    The central premise of McManus' book is that true Christianity defies our "safety at all cost" culture. I concur completely with this argument.This book is a jocular look at living an adventuresome life with God. There are several references to Biblical texts and a lot of anecdotal support form the writer's personal experiences. It is very readable.While I found much to affirm in the message, I also found the book lacking in a broader sense of the disciple's call to God's mandate in the world. There were times when the motifs of risk taking and brazenness were extolled without showing how these are best lived out by submission to God's plan for the church. I believe the intention of the book is to attack indifference and the timid form of spiritual that is prevalent in the American church today. It does raise many valid points related to this issue. I would like to see McManus develop more fully the idea that Christ's followers are not ultimately seeking individual vitality (i.e. difference for the sake of originality) but that the disciple seeks an absolute abandonment God's plan for changing the world. I believe this thought emerges at various points in the book but it needs to be more developed so that we who espouse the challenge to not live a 'tamed' form of christian life can better understand what God's ultimate purpose is behind this break with culture.

  • Linda Fau
    2018-11-27 20:05

    This book was recommended to me by a friend who knew that I have a heart like the author. What I mean by this is that I have come to realize as Erwin McManus has that following Christ down the path of life that he has marked out for us is not by any means the easy road. He shows how the people God used as our examples in the Bible were anything but tame, civilized people. They were the untamed barbarians that had the faith and trust to allow God to do crazy, amazing things through them like John the baptist, Peter and Paul. The book brought me back to thoughts I had when I read Pilgrim's Progress many years ago. Life with Jesus is an exciting adventure where you are being pushed along by the Holy Spirit to take it to that next level, to take those leaps of faith. There will be times of refreshing in between and times when we will take those forbidden side roads and our loving Father will have to teach us a lesson or two. God wants to use us barbarians but we need to learn to temper our independent spirits and band together to do God's kingdom business. We have to learn to work together to have the greatest impact in Jesus name. This journey is guaranteed to have an amazing ending if we hold tight our Leader and keep our eyes on him and guard our hearts from the deceptions of the world and the enemy of our souls.

  • Daron
    2018-11-20 01:15

    I came to faith in Christ as a sixth grader, so I have lived within a subset of the Christian sub-culture. Erwin Raphael McManus wasn’t raised in the Christian faith, so when he came to Christ as a college student, he didn’t know the rules of the “religious club” like I did. All he knew was that something had been set on fire deep within his soul, a passion that longed to be unleashed. Since that day, he has not followed the road most traveled by many long-time churchgoers. He has chosen a barbaric path-the less civilized one-following the path of Jesus in a passionate journey full of mystery, danger, and untamed faith.In The Barbarian Way, McManus challenged me to return to the ancient, primal, and dangerous faith of Jesus and His early disciples. He dares me to let go of a sanitized Christianity and get back to the powerful, raw and ancient faith that chooses revolution over compromise, peril over safety, and passion over lukewarm and watered-down religion.As McManus posits, Christ’s passion drove Him to the cross; the cross of Christ drives you to His passion. Take up the challenge of the “barbarian way,” and your life will never be the same.It's a great book to read and to think about your own faith.

  • Greg Dill
    2018-11-12 23:19

    Good, short, and easy to read. The premise of the book is: to unleash our faith living vicariously through Jesus with reckless abandon... much like barbarians. Wild, counter-culture, risky, and dangerous are all words that come to mind when serving Jesus the "Barbarian Way". The opposite kind of faith is a religion of civilized Christianity. Apathetic, comfortable, and not rocking the boat are words that come to mind. While I as a pacifist didn't quite like the barbaric and militaristic themes used throughout the book, McManus made it very clear that God's kingdom is not brought to the world through power, might, and violence. It is instead brought to this world in the peaceful, loving, and compassionate ways of Christ. The barbaric theme is merely alluding to the radical ways we ought to serve Christ and make His ways known.I thought the author had many good stories and illustrations to drive home key points of the Barbaric Way of life. I won't spoil it, but I particularly liked his story at the end of the book about the naked tug-of-war. You'll have to read it to find out more.This is truly another call for Christians around the world to leave the comforts of civilized Christianity, and be the radical life and disciple that Christ has called us to be.

  • Derek Browning
    2018-11-11 19:58

    McManus writes very well, and the book is an exciting book to read. I read it in one night, and found it hard to put down. His thesis is very exciting, but it is cobbled together with very poor theology, and many cases of eisegesis. Some of the positives it reinforced are that Jesus doesn't call us to a life of comfort, God will allow us to suffer, and the complacency found in many churches today is a form of dead Christianity. The negatives, however, cause me to dismiss this book as unbiblical, as he pushes a mystical reliance on God speaking to each of us as individuals, apart from scripture, to give us an individual plan that we are to recklessly abandon logic and reason to follow. While this sounds very exciting, it flies in the face of the doctrine of the sufficiency of scripture, and leads to more of an individualistic Christianity (which is contrary to how we are supposed to act communally in submission the body). McManus doesn't discuss any acts of submisson or obedience to fellow Christians, and a careless student of scripture would probably read this book as an allowance to live with a rebelious spirit, something scripture speaks against. For these reasons, I wouldn't recommend it for a believer that wouldn't test it against scripture.