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“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
“Far too often, when we think we are frightened by mystery, the fact is that we are haunted by history.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“Average is always a safe choice, and it is the most dangerous choice you can make.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“We are most human when love is our motive.”
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
“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
“If we are inherently spiritual creatures, we are by our nature creative beings, yet we live in the fear that if we aspire to be more we will discover ourselves to be less.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“Who we were created to become already exists in the mind of God. It’s placed in our physical DNA and in the longings of our soul. Our lives are supposed to be a manifestation of the imagination of God, and whatever else we leave behind—the life we choose to live and the person we choose to become—is the ultimate expression of the artisan soul.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“Success will lie to you and tell you that your future is just an extension of your past, when at its best, success is simply preparation for new challenges.”
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
“Worship is not something we are called to so that God can reinforce his status. It is his way of calling us near.”
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
“The artisan soul is not about rebellion but about resonance.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“Jesus would rather have us do what is right than what is “Christian.” Earlier”
Erwin Raphael McManus, Soul Cravings: An Exploration of the Human Spirit
“Our citizenship is in eternity; history is our temporary residence.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, McManus 2-in-1
“God is not a drug, and He certainly does not create experiences and emotions that make us feel better but not become better.”
Erwin Raphael McManus, The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within
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