Saturday, June 11, 2011

Book Review: Unleased

Release the Untamed Faith Within

Erwin McManus

I was so excited to get this book from Thomas Nelson to review. The description of the book made me think a bit of "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan. I had just finished that book and was ready to take on another book like it!

Book Description

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.

My Review
I read a few reviews that people had given this book. I read one that said the book was slow and boring! WOW! Really? To me the only way you might find this book boring is if you are happy where you are in your faith. Maybe I am wrong and maybe the book is just made for different people and not everyone is going to like it. Me...I LOVED IT!

I found the book challenging. Made me look at how I treat my faith in Jesus. Is it just something I do on Sundays? Am I just doing a few good deeds to make myself feel better and think that, that's all I have to do to follow Jesus? Really in reality following Christ is being unacceptable to the world. Something that I have been thinking about for quite sometime now.

One thing that really caught my attention was his referring to Braveheart. I love movies and I love when an author does a great job of describing someone from a movie and using them as an example. He likens being a barbarian Christian to the character Stephen in Braveheart. While I think there are a few things about that character that I don't think really fit I see his point. This man talks to God all the time and not always quietly. He has no shame in being different than everyone else.

One thing I did find a bit frustrating about this book was the over use of the word barbarian. Now if he had not changed the title of the book, it use to be titled "The Barbarian Way", then it wouldn't have bothered me so much. I think since he renamed the book he should have gone through and edited out or changed a few of the words. But really it was easy to get past...and see that it was a great book!

So anyone looking for a challange??? Got a great book for that!

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