I recently joined the blog for books organization called Book Sneeze @ http://www.booksneeze.com and the first book I read was Unleashed by Erwin McManus. I have read several other books by Erwin McManus (Wide Awake, Chasing Daylight, and Uprising). I would definitely say “Unleashed” is my favorite. The books main focus is “releasing the untamed within” and the book does a wonderful job in this area. If I enjoy the book I have read I mark it up alot and this book has highlights and notes everywhere.
From the very beginning of the book it has a quote from Mick to Rocky from Rocky III which is a good start for me because I love the Rocky movies. It was where Mick said to Rocky, “But then the worst thing happened that could happen to any fighter you got civilized.” This is one of the things that McManus points out time and time again throughout the book and that is that we as Christians have become civilized in our faith. We have let the wild call of God be tamed inside of us. He provides a challenge for Christians on page 5 where he says, “To claim we believe is simply not enough. The call of Jesus is one that demands action.” The author wants us to realize our call as Christians is not to sit and listen but to go and live that barbarian life with God. To be willing to live out our faith in communities that are alive in God. Unfortunately for many of us we have been taught how to be “proper” Christians who come to a building, hear a message, then go on our way but the call of God is a mighty call if we will listen.
McManus points out, “Jesus is being lost in a religion bearing his name….Christianity has become docile, domesticated, civilized.” It is pointed out throughout the book that we have tried to take the forward message of Jesus and tame it so it does not challenge our security, material possessions, safety, and comfort. The truth is if we really follow God we will be called to a path filled with uncertainty, mystery, and risk. If we really want to live….truly live then we must follow Christ and that path will be anything but predictable.
If you want a challenge to live the life the way God intended then I highly encourage you to read “Unleashed” by Erwin McManus.
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