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The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,883 ratings  ·  256 reviews
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
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Waterbrook Press (first published 2017)
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Collin Huber
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.
Jenny Jo Weir
If you are looking for a book to light a fire within you, then look no further. This book is powerful. Erwin shares personal stories that make his points easily relatable. The manner in which he explains things and his ability to draw a clear picture are superb. I highly recommend this one to all my friends!
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
I have read my share of books in the genre of spirituality. I have come across authors that grasped my attention and I dived into their messages. And a year ago, I came across this author’s latest book “The Way of the Warrior.” He left me in awe with his wisdom and power of passing on meaningful messages in a straight forward manner.

The focus of this book is what does it mean to live without fear or regret? The author, and pastor and Mosaic, while facing cancer, he makes a decision – “while can
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. ...more
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.
Adam Housley
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pleasure, christian
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.
James Bunyan
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
A book about how amazing the author is and, therefore, really pastorally insensitive.
May 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-the-spirit
Have never read McManus before or heard him speak, but have known of him for a long time. Watched a Netflix documentary entitled The Minimalists and his appearance on it reminded me that I've always meant to find out more about him.

Favorite paragraph: "So these questions need to be asked: If you are not where you want to be, why do you keep choosing to stay where you are? What will it take to jar you out of the security of where you are to pursue what can be obtained only in an uncertain future?
Arlena Dean
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
Feb 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I have a three chapter rule. Any book I deemed worth the read gets three chapters of attentive reading. Some fail. This was one of them.

McManus puts mankind as the centre of his errant theology, pushing for a greatness that belongs to God alone. I believe it’s the most dangerous type of book... one with just enough truth in a wayward message to ensnare less discerning/new believers. Chaffing against the conviction of the Holy Spirit aside, I found the writing style to be a bit rambling, disconne
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
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. ...more
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!!! ...more
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! ...more
Mike McAuliff
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Erwin McManus at his finest. It has been a while since I have interacted with McManus, but this book was a great reminder of how influential he has been on my faith over the last two decades. Solid stuff.
Emma Jane
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a quick and easy read that definitely motivates you to chase after your dreams and visions that God has given you, knowing that you never held yourself back due to self doubt . The book isn’t ground breaking in any means , you will have heard everything that he talks about in the book before, but it’s a nice summation to have it all together and to be inspired once you close the book to pursue the life God is calling you to .
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.
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!!
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.
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. ...more
Glenda Delgado
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Erwin is so inspiring. His power of thought and speech are reflected deeply in his writing. They touched me and changed me forever.
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
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.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I have followed Erwin for a long time and appreciate his position on faith. This book was too repetitive for me - I wish it was shorter and more concise. The wisdom is strong, but stated over and over in each chapter without much difference. I do resonate with the message, I just feel like its the same book I have read before - i.e. Chasing Daylight, Wide Awake.
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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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