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“The life of faith is less about gathering information than it is about expanding imagination. The movement Jesus started was a movement of dreamers and visionaries, not a movement of academics and theologians.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“When we are freed from the rules and regulations that are so often imposed on us in the name of God, we discover that creativity is the natural result of spirituality. And if this is true, then our soul is the primary material for all artistic expression.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“It’s hard to tell a great story if we remain stuck in chapter one.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“It takes courage to not only accept our limitations but embrace our potential. To deny our creative nature is to choose a life where we are less and thus responsible for less. We see ourselves as created beings, so we choose to survive. When we see ourselves as creative beings, we must instead create.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“I have come to realize, after over thirty years of studying human creativity, that the great divide is not between those who are artists and those who are not, but between those who understand that they are creative and those who have become convinced that they are not.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“It's odd how we prioritize the things the things that matter to us. We choose a career or job; we choose a city or place to live. We make so many things important to us, but in all the things we factor in as we craft our futures, we make the people in our lives a commodity of, at best, secondary importance. We would take a job and give up our people rather than choose a tribe and give up the job.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life
“Unfortunately, the people who have the greatest influence in our lives rarely understand the power of their words to shape who we become. They never fully understand that what informs us forms us. Words spoken into a soul are like the hands of a potter pressed against wet clay.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“What is the path to wholeness? We will see this path more clearly if we recognize that greed’s ugly stepsister is ungratefulness. Greed always wants more. When we are greedy, we are never satisfied. Whatever we receive from others, we conclude we deserve. And in whatever quantity it may come, it is never enough. Lack of gratitude is a manifestation of an abundance of greed. From the vantage point of the taker, it is his or her justification for always demanding. He is endlessly disappointed in others. No one ever comes through for him. No one ever keeps his promises. Everyone always falls short of his expectations. There is no need for thanks, except thanks for nothing. No truth, no matter how profound, will find its way into a heart that is absent of gratitude.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul
“The fuel of ambition is not the problem; it is the focus of ambition that frees or betrays us.”
Erwin Raphael McManus
“if God refuses to mass-produce but insists on an intimate process that in the end forms each of us into the image of Christ, why would we choose a lesser path for our own lives? The work of the artist begins with the care of his or her own soul.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“So often you blame God for the life you have, but you do not know what life you want. Certainly there is a dilemma here. The life you want may not be the life God wants for you. This is why the process must begin by loving God first. It is in loving God with all your heart and mind and soul that he begins to shape your passions. When God has your heart, you can trust your desires. His will is not a map; it is a match. He shows you the way by setting you on fire. You will know God’s desire for you by the fire in you! The fire in you will light the way.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life
“While we may never find or receive the love from others that our hearts are desperate for, we can receive a love even greater than that of which we were deprived.”
Erwin Raphael McManus
“Who do we become when we stop allowing all the voices in our head to crowd out the one voice we must hear to come to life?”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“The tragedy of a life that is never fully lived is not simply the loss of that one life. The tragedy is the endless number of lives that would have been forever changed if we had chosen to live differently.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life
“Our lives will become our greatest works of art not only when our relationships are a beautiful expression of love, acceptance, and intimacy, but when we have a deep sense of purpose that produces accomplishments that express, for us, success and significance.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“The great tragedy that I have witnessed over and over again is that we keep underestimating how much God wants to do in us and through us. Too many of us have believed the lies we have been told: that we’re not good enough, we’re not smart enough, we’re not talented enough, we’re just not enough. One of the facets of God that makes him extraordinary is his ability to do the impossible through ordinary, everyday, common people like you and me.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life
“Creativity should be an everyday experience. Creativity should be as common as breathing. We breathe, therefore we create.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“Since part of our creative responsibility is to move from imagination to image, we need to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and allow our imagination once again to be the playground of God. And once our dreams and visions are the material that has been passed on to us by a divine imagination, then it is time to dream, to risk, and to create.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“This is perhaps why so many of us who know love fear love. We know that love is not the absence of pain. If anything, love is the promise of pain. No one has loved more deeply than God. Has anyone ever been more betrayed? God would not know suffering if He did not know love. But because He is Love, He chose to suffer on our behalf. Without love there is no glory in suffering.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within
“Who told you that you were naked? Who have you been listening to?..'

This is a tragic reminder that we humans have the strange capacity to live a soulless life. Our inner voice was never supposed to be simply an echo. Our inner voice was always to resonate with the voice of God. Every other voice will either make us less than we were intended to be or convince us that we are more than we really are. Neither self-loathing nor self-worship helps us find our authentic voice. It is only when our inner voice responds to the voice of God that we begin to truly find to find our own voice. As critical as it is for us to understand that art is always an extension of ourselves, the creative act is also an expression of our essence.

It is equally important for us to realize that our guiding narrative determines the story we tell through our lives. Our inner voice not only informs us of who we are, but affects everything we touch. And in the end, becomes the driving force through which we strive to shape the world around us. The principal creative act described in Genesis chapter 1 begins with God speaking the universe into existence. God speaks out of who He is and everything in creation is a declaration of His glory.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“The warrior has peace of mind because they know that there is always a way to find light, even in the midst of the greatest darkness. They know that there is always hope to be found, even in despair. Peace can exist in the midst of turmoil only if you believe in the beauty of the future. Peace sees the beauty everywhere. When you walk in peace, you are overwhelmed by the wonder of the universe and the beauty of life.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace
“most people would rather live in the predictability of captivity than risk the uncertainty that comes in a fight for freedom.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace
“The warrior knows that their imagination is not a place to escape but to create.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace
“If you find yourself living in a world where there is only cynicism, negativity, and distrust, you need to realize that it’s a world of your own making. There is a more beautiful world out there to be known, but you have to be able to see it. You have to want it. You must be willing to risk, to step outside of what you know, to live in a more extraordinary unknown.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace
“The warrior does not need a crowd; they need a tribe.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace
“Peace comes when you stop trying to control the world around you and instead take responsibility for the world within you.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace
“We are most human when love is our motive.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“Most people who describe themselves as visionaries are actually saying something quite different. They are abdicating their responsibility for the details. Details matter. The more someone or something matters to us, the more the details relating to them matter to us.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“irony is that, while secular leadership has become blatantly spiritual, Christian leadership has become blatantly (and blandly) secular.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God Had in Mind
“Life is a series of challenges, adventures, and yes, even battles. There will always be giants to subdue and dragons to slay. I have already decided to die with my sword in hand. There is more courage in us than danger ahead of us. You are strong enough for the battles ahead.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life


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