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Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul

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Warning: This book may not be for you!

This book is dangerous!

It is only for those who are ready to join an uprising―a revolution of the soul that will change an ordinary life into an extraordinary one. It is only for those who want something more out of life, who desire to tap into the divine potential that was placed in them at their creation.

You were in God's imagination
Paperback, 260 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Nelson Books (first published September 4th 2003)
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Solid book on character. I think most people need a book like this. I tried to get a group of guys that I hang with to read it but they all crapped out on me :(

I still think everyone needs to read something like this, especially those of us who are Christ-followers... It's challenging and pastoral.
McManus is the modern day St. John of the Cross. He has something to say, but he only says it in broad, intangible language. I saw wisdom in his writing, but not teaching. Insight but not application. I was dying for a story or an illustration to bear out his points. Overall, his insights make it worth the read though, especially toward the very end of the book.
Christy Lee
Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul
Ryan Johnson
One of my top 10 reads of all time
Wes F
I really enjoyed this book and have a good number of quotes from it to digitize. My favorite section was the one that discussed perseverance/endurance--with its resultant fruit of wisdom. Don't most of us want to become wiser and to have more wisdom for the challenges of our own lives--as well as to be able to help others? It all starts with being faithful in the little things and persevering through the smaller issues/difficulties--and as character is developed through those trials (James 1), w ...more
This was my least favorite of Erwin's books. It is still filled with great thoughts, but I found it to be a really difficult read. It could have just been the time in my live that I was reading it, because I have several friends who have very similar taste in books, that absolutely loved this one. I'll just say that if you like other books from this author, you'd probably get a lot out of this as well.
Another great book from Erwin. His notes on gratitude was convicting. Lots of great quotes. Some of the ones I will try to hold on to are:
"When we grow in wisdom of God, we begin to recognize that everything connects."

"All of life is sacred. Because creation so naturally meets our needs, we must not for a moment think we have no need for its Creator. Creation is here to draw us back to God."
Thomas Kinsfather
What makes a life significant? McManus speaks about the foundations of a meaningful life of character as only he can. Erwin's words are always challenging and full of hope. The follower of Jesus can lead a life of significance, not by way of discipline, but by transformation. Uprising is a wonderful picture of what a follower of Jesus looks like.
Jesse Braswell
The love of God is a strange but wonderful truism in this world. In order to understand it, we have to experience it fully. Then we can not help but to show it. It flows through us.

Erwin does a great job of getting us to examine ourselves. He causes me to look at things through new eyes. Love his examples.
A tough read I had to fight to finish. McManus has more than a few insights. However, his manner of writing is so confusing and frustrating that the objective often gets lost in the woods. The result is a book that you constantly want to put back on your shelf. This book should be reduced to a pamphlet.
David Herrick
I had a really really hard time getting into this book. There was some good stuff sprinkled throughout, but as a whole it just never really connected with me for some reason. It's basically a book about having good character. Others might enjoy it, but I didn't like it that much.
I read this back in 2005 on a flight from Kazakhstan. I remember highlighting most of the book and unable to put it down. I can't remember a lot of the content... but I believe it was used by God as part of my transformation into knowing Him more. I recommend this book.
Read it. liked it. McManus is a wierd and engaging bird. Some good discussion in our group. But it didn't stick with me. Perhaps to profound, or maybe McManus is just in a creative zone beyond me, to make a practical, lasting, impact.
Jordan Barr
I love the break down of key Christian virtues. It truly gave me some insight into tough concepts. Don't just live, live to the fullest. Christianity is not dull and this book will help you figure out how to never let it be.
As much as I loved Chasing Daylight, I was surprised that I couldn't get into this one at all. A few times I felt inspired or motivated, but either the author or I couldn't sustain it. Maybe I'll return to it another time.
If you want to dig deeper on what's more about your faith in Jesus, read this. At the end I realized I was just about .9% of what's really in store for me. God is indeed bigger than what big actually means!
This book articulates a lot of ideas about how to actually walk with Christ. A very solid book on character, backed in Christian faith. However, it often feels very secular- Take that as you will.
Walt Walkowski
I took too long to read this book. I need to read it again. I found it to be very enlightening and convicting, but I do think he could've said the same things in a few less pages.
A must-read book tht talks about courage, wisdom and generosity from an eternal perspective with the goal of full character transformation to conform to the likeness of Christ
Matthew Martin
Amazing book that covers all aspects of Character and works through how to be the best human being you can as you work your way toward Wisdom.
I never finished it. I'm not sure if it was McManus' writing style or the book it self. It didn't seem very revolutionary or different
Ron Lohrbach
Oct 19, 2008 Ron Lohrbach rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: candace
Recommended to Ron by: C
Erwin McManus challanged me with Biblical truth and life application. Recommend it for those similiar to me on a spiritual journey.
Gene Jennings
I like Erwin's insights. He is very quotable. I always read his books with a pen ready to underline his unique thoughts.
Inspiring and uplifting; great lines & quotes, per usual with McManus. Book study at church.
Good, easy to read, and easy to intricate into your own life and spiritual journey
Life changer for me. Great insights! I have read it many times and given it as a gift.
It wasn't bad, but a lot of it seemed repetitive...some good lines and stories.
Jillian Russell
I did like this workbook, but I thought it was geared more towards men.
Excellent book. Uplifting. Genuine. Good writing and plainly understood.
Carey Oster
Went through this book with a Bible study group and really enjoyed it.
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Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast known as a cultural pioneer for his integration of creativity and spirituality. He is an artist, entrepreneur, and cultural thought leader who is also the founder of MOSAIC, a community of faith in Los Angeles California. Known for their innovation, creativity, and artistry, MOSAIC has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. ...more
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