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The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life

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When a person comes to end of their days they will not measure the value of their life based on wins and losses or successes and failures. All of those will begin to blur together into a singular memory called life.
What will give someone solace or haunt them until their final breath is what they could have done but did not, who they could have been but never became, the
Published September 5th 2017 by Waterbrook Press
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Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
One of the sloppiest books I’ve read in some time. McManus contends that we’re all born for greatness and abundance, but resort to mediocrity for any number of reasons (fear, ignorance, regret, etc.). And the passage he uses to illustrate this is an obscure Old Testament text, which doubles as the title of his book (2 Kings 3:14–19). It has nothing to do with living in “greatness” or “abundance” and his framing of these topics denigrates faithful living day-to-day, which is the majority of our C ...more
Zac Reeves
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Great for motivation. Awful for theology.
Rocky Woolery
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From beginning to end McManus calls for expecting God to give His best. Reminding the audience that God doesn't give everything, every time without us giving to Him our complete devotion and expecting more.

Full of personal stories, and stories from the lives of those McManus has met along the path of life you can sense that is value to expecting more than average. The connections to the pages of the Bible show that God has done more than people have expected too many times for us to play it safe
Timothy Amo
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Erwin’s book challenges us to break away from our past and live the life God calls us too. Many of us have surrounded ourselves with people who hold us back and discourage us from achieving something greater.

- “People don’t slow you down; the wrong people slow you down. When you choose the right people, when you find your people, your life begins to come together in a way that if could never do when you walk alone."

It’s time to walk away from your past, find your people and step into your future
Beth Hill
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has so much depth. There were times I felt like my toes were being stepped on, in a real, practical way. That's a good thing. The book will challenge you and propel you forward. I will study all the sections I highlighted. I will reread this book, as there is so much in there, I'm sure I'll glean more with a second reading.
Title: The Last Arrow
Author: Erwin Raphael McManus
Publisher: WaterBrook
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"The Last Arrow" by Erwin Raphael McManus

My Thoughts....

What a very interesting inspirational read where I enjoyed the stories that came from the Bible of Elisha and Elijah where one will learn how to embrace ones future. From this read I had thoughts of wanting to change my way of thinking about my future and just what I need to be now doing. This read will definitely give one a go
Gerald Zengeya
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I belong to this Leader Impact Men's group that meets weekly and we have been going through each chapter of this book weekly. I've loved both reading the book and the discussions, so much rich material here. I also discovered the author's YouTube channel where he gives a chapter recap - a must watch if you read this book.
With just one life to live the author argues that we must give our all whilst we still have life so that at the end we didn't save anything for the future, we shot all our arrow
Jene Barranco
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was very inspirational to me and the perfect book to arm myself with as I head into the new year. McManus opened my eyes to many passages in the scriptures revealing truths I’ve never been taught before. I have already begun to read it a second time so that everything I underlined can marinate a little longer. Don’t give up on or stop pursuing anything until you have used Every Arrow in your quiver.
Derek Benner
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The fact of the matter is that this book lays it out there for you. It’s a ‘take it or leave it...but you better take it’ type of book. McManus is passionate, and that resonates with the reader. Apply the principles and wait to see what God will do in and through you. My complaint is really the pacing and the layout, it’s not the easiest read and doesn’t have the best flow. Content, pretty good. Flow, lacking.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
My first is me, not the book. I am just in a "no non-fiction for me right now" faze & guess what? That's just fine!!! I liked what I did get to read, very insightful but I just wasn't finding myself drawn to come back to pick up the book or intrigued to finish it. Again, this is totally a personal thing for my record of books read/attempted. xo.
Susan McArthur
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book grabs at your heart and soul from the very first sentence and stays with you long after you have finished. It showed me how to move forward in my life and do the things God intended for me to do in life!!! Absolutely an excellent read and a must for everyone's library!
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a phenomenal book!!! Erwin McManus inspires us to never settle, never quit, and to use EVERY arrow we've been given!! Get this book and give it as's a MUST read for everyone who desires to leave nothing for the next life!!!
John A
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best. This book hit me right when I needed it most. This is a must-read.
Caleb Hunter
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book, I know Erwin’s thoughts can be all over the place but I understand Erwin’s heart and appreciate all his writings.
Olivia Barton
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredible. Inspiring from start to finish. This message needs to be shared with the world!! Highly recommended!!
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher for review.

What an inspirational book. I could not stop underlining! I'll be reading it again. McManus has such a gift for empowering people and his words are so truthful, challenging, and strengthening. Highly recommend.
Jay Beard
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn’t really come to enjoy reading and appreciate good books until I was partially through college, and even then, it was more about finding books I liked but had to read for assignments. Since then, I’ve come to enjoy reading, but as a result of being a “late-bloomer” I’ve often come across books that I wish I had read in my younger days. Although it wasn't around then, The Last Arrow would be one of those books. This is something that anyone should read, but I’d especially recommend this to ...more
Nneka Ngene
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love that he speaks with so much urgency. Moving and living with urgency is one of the traits I've being trying to adopt. Life is moving fast and we all need to get on the ride sometimes not knowing what the destination is but giving it our all, being present and being the light.
Andy Lewis
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-book-list
Erwin McManus is a creative and thought provoking communicator; his writings feel more conversational rather than informational, which is much more engaging.

'The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life' is an honest plea for people to live a full life now; to not leave any arrows in your quiver. This main point of not holding anything back is repeated often throughout the whole book, its repetition makes the main point easy to grab but does give the impression that this book holds no real de
Beth Coke
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! It calls deep to your soul and calls you to more. The Last Arrow is not a hard read, I would say that most people can make it through the book, that everyone will find truth that speaks to their heart, their soul and calls them to strive for more, to not give up while they still have arrows to use. One of the stories that is used from the Bible is the story of Elisha and his decision to follow Elijah. He set his past on fire and followed Elijah, not giving himself and out of g ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The title says it all. I’d say the first half was a McManus “Last Arrow” tale of overcoming cancer. I’ve been listening to the Mosaic podcasts for a couple of years now, so I was familiar with the cancer scare. I had just finished reading another McManus book when I caught up on that portion of the podcast series. So, I’m happy that God is still using him to encourage me and others to LIVE my life v. Sitting on the sidelines watching other people and wanting. I actually started this one on my 10 ...more
Stacy Hausler
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a person who needs to read books like this to remember--remember that I too easily settle into a life less than what I was created for. This book spoke passion back into me.

Favorite quote: "The psalmist David tells us that we are to delight ourselves in the Lord and he will give us the desires of our heart. This means we need to know our hearts, we need to know our desires, and we must allow those desires to first be informed and then formed by our love and worship of God. He shapes his wi
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WARNING!!! Do Not Read This Book....unless you are prepared to be challenged to have the best life possible. This is an amazing quick read by a visionary pastor who will inspire and encourage you to live the best life possible, to learn what you want, take each day as it comes, and at the end have no regrets. To often we opt for the safe, the comfortable, the reliable, and we wind up merely existing. When we seek God's best for our life, and our goals and desires are aligned with him, we can hav ...more
Lance Cornell
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Never quit. Never surrender. Go down swinging. Or, in this case, empty your quiver!

Erwin encourages us to leave nothing in the tank when it comes to living our lives. Very inspiring, very encouraging.

An arrow only has value if you release it and your life only has value if you give it your all and live it to the fullest.
Adam Housley
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian, pleasure
This book was hit or miss for me; having read it on the heels of the prayer of Jabez, I found myself wanting more biblical explanations/insight. Portions of the book certainly challenged me, but it dragged more often.
Matt McAlear
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A powerful read!

- Leave the past behind and find those who seek after greatness that the future holds.
- Leave nothing to chance but act boldly as if you're dying, because you are.
- Live for a dream that goes beyond yourself and give it everything you have.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you need a good kick in the butt, some of the most absolutely phenomenal pieces of inspiration you’ll read not just this year but in life are in The Last Arrow. The Last Arrow will consume you with every line, keeping you reading until you get to the very last page, it’s just that good.

This book is about striking in life until you’ve used the last arrow. It’s about resolving to never settle. It’s about living a life of no excuses and not allowing untapped potential to stay dormant.

The Last Ar
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I leave this world, I want to leave a hole in it from where my life counted. I want to be missed. I want people to come to my funeral because in some way I touched their life. I want to know that my life counted. That is why The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life, written by Erwin Rachael McManus, resonated with me. This book is a combination of personal stories experienced by the author with sound teaching. It is about making your life count and how that is accomplished.
McManus is
Donovan Martin
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Donovan by: Erwin McManus
People seem to love or hate this book. I think it is because we have heard this message before and those who hate it have struggled, probably honestly, with living to the fullest. Those who love it have not come to the point of despair yet or have gotten there and realized they are still not forsaken and there is hope.
McManus is no biblical theologian. He never claims to be to my knowledge. He is a person who is seeking to live his life to to fullest for God and has the deep desire to bring peo
brian d rogers
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! I picked it up just short of 2 months ago. my 2017 was faced with tremendous loss, my father-in-law, brother-in-law, neighbor of 16 years, 12 year old black lab, stepmom all passed away in 2017. no book is the perfect book on Grief so I gave up trying to find one. my search results led me to the last Arrow. I like the idea of The Cutting Edge successful pastor being faced with his own mortality. I thought before starting this book, maybe this could help me understand ...more
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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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