Saturday, May 14, 2011
"Unleashed: Release the Untamed Faith Within" -by Erwin Raphael McManus
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!
TITLE: "Unleashed: Release the Untamed Within"
AUTHOR: Erwin Raphael McManus
Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2011