Saturday, May 28, 2011


I recently reviewed a book for Thomas Nelson Publishers called "Unleashed" by Erwin McManus. I wanted to read this book because I was interested by the title which goes on to say "Release the untamed faith within". Well, what Christian doesn't want to learn how to have "untamed faith"?

In reading the book, though, I found that while McManus did have some great things to say, he wasn't really great at describing exactly how we are supposed to get untamed faith and then put it into action. He said several quotes about that - "The call of Jesus is one that demands action" (p. 5) and spoke about the "unleashing of a unique, original, extraordinary, wonderfully untamed faith." (p. 65) He spoke many times about the "barbarian way" that we are all supposed to travel as Christians. But he never answered the question - how do you mature into that type of faith as a Christian? Surely not everyone automatically becomes so brave when they get saved. He speaks of adventure and revolution, but these are things that I believe need to be taught, and also can come after a lot of prayer.

The book is an easy read. It's written very well, he tells many personal stories that are fun and interesting, and it's a short book. But it still left me with the question of "How do I get there?" I felt perhaps like this should be a sequel; that he needs to tell us how to be a "barbarian" while being in the modern church. It was still a good book, so I would recommend it when all is said and done.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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