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The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within

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Two thousand years later the call to follow Christ has been repackaged to be smooth and trouble-free, filled with opportunity and promise but lacking risk, passion, and sacrifice. Is this really what Jesus died for? If He chose the way of the cross, where would He hesitate leading us? Is it possible that to follow Jesus is to choose the barbarian way?

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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 10th 2005 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2005)
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Dec 12, 2008 Britt rated it really liked it
Great book. McManus isn't saying anything new, but what he is saying is important and thought provoking. There were a few things that, obvious as they really are, had never actually occurred to me.

The book deals with an issue that has bothered me for a long time. The current church is too safe. It's too clean. It's too neat. It's too bureaucratic. It's too controlled. It's too insular. McManus encourages his readers to embrace a barbarian faith. I grew up in a church where we learned that the ea
Jul 13, 2012 Alex rated it liked it
Shelves: christianity
The Barbarian Way is written by a guy who lets his kids jump of the roof and goes to a church where men strip off naked for a tug-of-war after a retreat in the mountains. "A group of buzzards waiting around together to feat on leftover carnage is called a committee. Just this one insight is worth the prices of the whole book..." and probably sums up the tone of the book.

McManus is an iconoclast, although he doesn't come across as an angry one. He wants Christians to let go of civilised religion,
Eric Herendeen
Aug 01, 2007 Eric Herendeen rated it it was ok
It was ok. The whole point seemed to be go out there and do something for God.
Apr 21, 2011 Starr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unleashed by Erwin Raphael McManus
A challenge is presented to all Christians to approach their faith in a way that mirrors the times of the Bible. It’s a challenge to not live out a faith in a life of ease and comfort, but to live faith out in the ways that are so far from tradition that it’s barbaric. I like it; it's short sweet and to the point. But I think the message of the book is really the part that I struggle with the most. It is not that I don't completely agree with what McMannus is s
Greg Dill
Sep 18, 2015 Greg Dill rated it really liked it
Good, short, and easy to read. The premise of the book is: to unleash our faith living vicariously through Jesus with reckless abandon... much like barbarians. Wild, counter-culture, risky, and dangerous are all words that come to mind when serving Jesus the "Barbarian Way". The opposite kind of faith is a religion of civilized Christianity. Apathetic, comfortable, and not rocking the boat are words that come to mind.

While I as a pacifist didn't quite like the barbaric and militaristic themes u
Samantha Davis
May 22, 2014 Samantha Davis rated it liked it
The Barbarian way:unleash the untamed faith within by Erwin Raphael Mcmanus,I was confused about what the words in the few pages were saying in the book.Erwin asked "What does a prophet look like to you?", I thought someone who will guide us in the correct direction and turn away evil, going towards to the good.In the book, it says John The Baptist was a "crazy" person to many and people did not expect him to bring the uprising of Jesus Christ cause he did not wear "normal clothes", had honey mu ...more
Jun 15, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
McManus is certainly not normal, nor a voice of reason, but he would consider both of those evaluations as complimentary. The book is chock full of powerful quotes that make you reevaluate why we try so hard to achieve the status quo. And it captures a Jesus who was not boring, nice, sweet, or tamed - someone actually worth following. If you yearn to experience a Christianity that isn't boring or safe, I recommend reading this book.
Jeremy Copeland
Sep 10, 2008 Jeremy Copeland rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites. I give it to people all the time to read. If you're tired of faith the way it is, and believe there must be more to it than what you've experienced so far, you have to read this book. McManus taps into something that is written on our hearts and in our souls and he awakens a longing in us that can't be stopped.
Feb 20, 2015 Glen rated it it was ok
The central premise of McManus' book is that true Christianity defies our "safety at all cost" culture. I concur completely with this argument.

This book is a jocular look at living an adventuresome life with God. There are several references to Biblical texts and a lot of anecdotal support form the writer's personal experiences. It is very readable.

While I found much to affirm in the message, I also found the book lacking in a broader sense of the disciple's call to God's mandate in the world. T
Jul 31, 2007 Jonathan rated it liked it
McManus is inspirational and insightful. This is a quick read, I think meant to have a little bit every day. Not real substantive, he's definitely trying to make his point to as wide an audience as possible, and he succeeds.
Roderick Logan, DPTh
Sep 26, 2015 Roderick Logan, DPTh rated it it was amazing
"Forward for my King;" the story and the phrase resonate with me since one of the bearers of the king's heart was an ancestor. It's become one of my two mantras; the other "I'm a man in a row boat rowing backwards into the future (a different source)." "Barbarian Way" is simple; but don't underestimate its impact. At least for me. Moving forward on behalf of the King isn't always clear; thus the backwards into the future thing. The point is this: It is not what God does for us that transforms us ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church
It's always nice to find someone articulately saying what I've been feeling for a long time. This served as one of those reminders and wake up calls that my seminary education was important, but that it is only one part of a devoted life. McManus' call to battle is full of the references to Braveheart and Celtic culture that dominated so many Christian works of the early 2000s, but those things rang true for me then and they ring true for me now. My hope for my own faith and for my church is les ...more
Jan 25, 2010 Patrick rated it really liked it
Truly an inspiring book, it lights a fire under your faith and puts the fight back into the "Walk". Erwin McManus brings "Christianity" back to its raw roots and reveals why it's important to be a "Barbarian Christian" and not a "Civilized Christian". Many Christians...myself included, have been weakened by religion and rituals that the Church has slowly started operating in over the last 2,000 years. As believer it is easy to get comfortable and domesticated and read about Jesus, John the Bapti ...more
Seth Comfort
Jan 10, 2011 Seth Comfort rated it it was amazing
Last week, I finished reading The Barbarian Way by Erwin Raphael McManus, and I really enjoyed this book. This was a quick read with 146 pages, I was able to get through it in less than a week.
The back cover describes the book like this: "Two thousand years later the call to follow Christ has been repackaged to be smooth and trouble-free, filled with opportunity and promise but lacking risk, passion and sacrifice. Is this really what Jesus died for? If He chose the way of the cross, where would
Peter Coleman
Jul 28, 2011 Peter Coleman rated it it was ok
I'm disappointed at this. While the criticism of temerity in the church is valid, McManus overreacts by dismissing mainline denominations and the more time-tested methods of the church. Yes, the church as a whole does need to show a bit more teeth and more faith in running forward, but this should not mean that caution is abandoned and the tradition of the church is put on a back shelf in favor of a new shiny trinket. Traditional methods and lifestyle should not be kept only insofar as the are t ...more
Stephanie McGarrity
Apr 15, 2011 Stephanie McGarrity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Today for a book review, I present to you Unleashed: Release the Untamed Within by Erwin Raphael McManus. I actually had the privilege of hearing McManus speak last month at Willow Creek last month, so it was easy for me to relate and hear his voice as I read this book.

McManus’s theme for this book is having dramatic faith in God. Faith that causes one to become a barbarian. At the beginning of the book, he describes his definition of barbarian. At first, it was a little difficult for me to acce
Hilarey Johnson
Aug 12, 2011 Hilarey Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unleashed, Release the Untamed Faith Within, by Erwin Raphael McManus is about leaving the domesticated, cultured lifestyle where the Christian religion has settled and returning to the primal, barbarian-way of the first followers of Christ.

McManus says that Jesus' death wasn't to free us from dying, but to free us from the fear of dying.

He also talks about how a rule-based religion tries to motivate us the way love should, and that most of Jesus' fire and brimstone sermons were directed toward
Apr 21, 2010 Charlesia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, favorites
To be born of god is to be made a citizen in the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom is at war.

Do not confuse this Kingdom with paradise. Salvation is not reentry into a paradise lost;it is enlistment into the mission of God.

The call of Jesus is one that demands action.

The invitation of Jesus is a revolutionary call to fight for the heart of humanity. We are called to an unconventional war using only the weapons of faith, hope and love.

The cost to participate in this mission of God is nothing less t
May 14, 2011 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 con
Dec 09, 2012 Bryon rated it liked it

I just finished Erwin Raphael McManus’s book The Barbarian Way. This was a great read enjoyed by both myself and the beautiful and charming Susan. The following is an excerpt from the book.

I was surprised to learn that a group of buzzards waiting around together to feast on leftover carnage is called a committee. Just this one insight is worth the price of the whole book. This explains so much of what’s going on in churches – a lot of committees waiting around to live off human carnage.

Groups o
Derek Browning
Dec 26, 2012 Derek Browning rated it it was ok
McManus writes very well, and the book is an exciting book to read. I read it in one night, and found it hard to put down. His thesis is very exciting, but it is cobbled together with very poor theology, and many cases of eisegesis. Some of the positives it reinforced are that Jesus doesn't call us to a life of comfort, God will allow us to suffer, and the complacency found in many churches today is a form of dead Christianity. The negatives, however, cause me to dismiss this book as unbiblical, ...more
Jun 03, 2009 Libbydale rated it it was amazing
Wow! Makes me want to live this kind of faith again, which I used to have more in the way of. I have definitely become a "civilized" Christian, but wish to not be! :)

Some excerpts I really liked from chapter 4:

"Jesus is telling us in no uncertain terms that there is a battle raging. This is perhaps the most important reason why we must choose the barbarian way and resist a temptation to become civilized. Domesticated Christians are far too willing to abdicate the battle for the soul of the world
"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!'" (4)

"God is life, and [our] mission is to reconnect humanity to Him." (13)

"Jesus is being lost in a religion bearing His name. People are being lost because they cannot reconcile Jesus' association with Christianity." (17)

"Instead of concluding it is best to be wherever God wants us to be, we have decided that wherever it is best for us to
Linda Fau
This book was recommended to me by a friend who knew that I have a heart like the author. What I mean by this is that I have come to realize as Erwin McManus has that following Christ down the path of life that he has marked out for us is not by any means the easy road. He shows how the people God used as our examples in the Bible were anything but tame, civilized people. They were the untamed barbarians that had the faith and trust to allow God to do crazy, amazing things through them like John ...more
Jan 23, 2008 Daron rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to revive fire and passion into your faith
I came to faith in Christ as a sixth grader, so I have lived within a subset of the Christian sub-culture.

Erwin Raphael McManus wasn’t raised in the Christian faith, so when he came to Christ as a college student, he didn’t know the rules of the “religious club” like I did. All he knew was that something had been set on fire deep within his soul, a passion that longed to be unleashed. Since that day, he has not followed the road most traveled by many long-time churchgoers. He has chosen a barba
Mylon Pruett
Feb 13, 2016 Mylon Pruett rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
"You were not created to be normal. God’s desire for you is not compliance and conformity. You have been baptized by Spirit and fire. Asleep within you is a barbarian, a savage to all who love the prim and proper. You must go to the primal place and enter the presence of the Most High God, for there you will be changed by His presence. Let Him unleash the untamed faith within you."

The Barbarian Way is about what a true faith would look like if it was not domesticated my religion, and contained b
Feb 24, 2011 Eric rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
Stimulating but not substantial. Rather polemic. I don't believe that the only authentic Christianity is his version of barbarism. I think this book speaks to a segment of Christians that have a hard time fitting in with other areas of the Church. I still prefer the balance of speakers like Wright and Keller.

His early juxtaposition between barbarism and civility lays the path for the rest of the book. He presents one's faith as an "either/or" proposition. There is no expression of maturity or st
Jul 22, 2013 Lynecia rated it it was ok
After reading "Wide Awake", I must admit this one was a bit disappointing. I feel he didn't develop his barbarian Christian vs civilized Christian philosophy (the main premise of the book), and he seemed to base a lot of what it means to be a barbarian, based on he early Christians and their experiences...I get it but we also live in a time where Christianity is more or less the status quo so all the talk about risking my life, suffering and dying to glorify God and all that was disconcerting to ...more
Mar 15, 2010 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-greats
I have read this book, and I have read reviews of the book.

I give it five stars because it confirms in my life in a different way what God tells us about faith.

Having faith is challenging. Loving people is challenging. Everything about faith is not neat, tidy, clean. Faith is messy. Faith is risky. If you are going to church to hear the easy way to God, the answer is, "There is no easy way to God."

McManus labels the thought that faith is easy, clean, tidy, neat as "domesticated."

He challenges yo
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