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The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace

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Best-selling author, pastor, futurist, and cultural thought leader believes that to experience and establish peace, we must first confront the battles that rage within.

McManus shows that encountering peace does not occur by accident, but rather by artful intention. Warrior is a call to decisiveness, self-examination, and the pursuit of spiritual wholeness. Through the anci
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by WaterBrook
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Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
The book is about inner peace, which is the key in achieving spiritual wholeness. And the peace is achieved not by accident, but rather by artful intention. The author/pastor presents the intention through the ancient biblical practices, ultimately creating a story of a true warrior. What it means to be a warrior.

The true warrior is the one who knows how to create peace. And the peace starts with your inner peace. What are the greatest enemies of our peace? Worry and fear. We also struggle again
Nathan Albright
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge-2018
Being a bit unfamiliar with the author and his approach previous to this book, I found it intriguing that he would choose to discuss the Christian's walk by making use of an extended metaphor of a samurai warrior.  Japan is not a nation known for its openness to Christianity, and many Christians do not see the life of a believer as mimicking the life of a devoted warrior to a daimyo (although parallels between Christ and such a lord are easy enough to find).  In many ways, this book reminds me o ...more
Jane Glossil
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Relevant. Inspiring. Empowering.
Jillian Saldaña
Every time I read a book by Erwin McManus it becomes my new favorite. This book reminds you that you have to take car of yourself within before you expend any energy to help others. There’s such an intimate look at our relationship with God, and how He speaks to us. As I read through each chapter, O couldn’t believe the encouragement and passion that laced the pages. I’m keeping this on my bookshelf forever. I’d definitely recommend this book to any leader, and person who may be running away fro ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I like the way the book started out. There is something wrong with the world. We long for world peace but the only way that will happen is when there is peace within. That peace will not come without a struggle. McManus says his book is about that journey.

He writes about being a warrior in that struggle and then goes on at length about the way of the warrior. Warriors can be competitive yet still have humility and be selfless. A warrior can be both great and a servant. The warrior owns his defea
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace by [McManus, Erwin Raphael]I was given this book by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

This book spoke to my soul more than I was expecting. I wasn't sure what to expect when I saw the word Warrior in the title but I was not disappointed in receiving this book to review. I often look at my calling and wonder if I am doing what God calls me to do with it. I also want to grow towards God as I minister to it. This book showe
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars This is where the way of the warrior merges the life of the samurai with that of the Christian. This book integrates the life of the professional soldier, the martialist and the Christian warrior. I know of only one other book that does anything similar and that is “Soul Sword” by Vernon Kitabu Turner, published in 1996. Jesus had a special place in His heart for soldiers, e.g.: healing the Centurion’s servant (Luke 7:1-10). The profession of arms is an honorable profession because it ...more
Bryan Craddock
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
My impressions of McManus’s book are mixed. His storytelling approach gave me some fresh insight into Ecclesiastes 9:13-18 and Elijah’s flight into the wilderness. He also crafts some strikingly memorable statements, like when he says, “There is no surer way to lose yourself than to spend your life thinking about yourself” (85). Another quote that stood out to me was when he said, “Elijah had taken the story of God with Elijah and turned it into the story of Elijah with God” (210). But sometimes ...more
Jeff Klick
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erwin Raphael McManus is a wordsmith. As I picked up this early release copy of his latest book – The Way of the Warrior, I was reminded of how talented this writer is. The ability to combine words in memorable phrasing is a gift.

• Worry is an act of faith. It is a deep-seated belief in worst-case scenarios.
• Depression and anxiety convince you that the past is your future and so the future must be
avoided at all costs.
• Wisdom is hard to define but easy to identify.
• The path towards wisdo
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it

As you can see below, this is an extremely quotable book.

Big Ideas:

+ Peace is an internal endeavor. It involves fighting for freedom for yourself and others, not chasing power and control
- “The only path toward world peace is inner peace”
- “What we fear establishes the boundaries of our freedom”
- “Peace does not come because you finally have control over your life; peace comes when you no longer need control”
- “We struggle with loneliness because we are searching for love rather than giving it”
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was recently presented with the opportunity to be on the launch team for the book The Way of the Warrior by Erwin Raphael McManus which goes on sale February 25th. The subtitle of the book is "An Ancient Path to Inner Peace," so I wasn't sure by the title and subtitle where the book was headed. It is a treatise on finding inner peace by confronting the battles within told through the code of the ancient warrior. Since the author is a storyteller with a self-admitted vivid imagination, he weave ...more
Tomy Wilkerson
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here's the thing: I don't actually know if this book deserves 5 stars. My rating has a lot more to do with the sheer surprise of it all. I LOVED Artisan Soul, was mildly let down by The Last Arrow, and avoided this book for a number of years because, to be honest, it sounded new-age-y. So, when I started this book and was COMPLETELY wrong, I was pleasantly surprised.

From the very beginning, I wanted to read this book with others and discuss it with people. Because I was listening to the audioboo
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
The title drew my attention to this book. The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace sounded like a book I needed to read. I like the way the book started out stating there is something wrong with the world. Yes, I totally agree. We need to get together soon and change things.

This is the first book I have read by Author McManus. His style of writing is smooth and eloquent. It flows without a hitch and is easy to understand. The pace was slow but necessary for this type of book. Read
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I think of a warrior, I normally think of a strong individual who is fighting in a battle and drawing a lot of attention. McManus changed the definition of the word warrior in my mind, as he talked about a warrior being one who fights only for peace. He defines a true warrior as one who serves others and seeks to become invisible, which were also qualities that do not normally come to mind when I think of a warrior. Reading his perspective of what a true warrior is was very enlightening for ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
(Disclosure: I received a free early review copy from the publisher as part of their launch team).

Definitely worth a buy, read, and spot on your shelf

Okay, I fully admit: I am over the trend of "maximum masculinity" Christianity. You know, the type of Christianity that tries too hard to appeal to American males. I am also over the trend of looking to pseudo-spiritual places for inspiration about our faith. So, even though I like McManus and his writing, I was a tad bit skeptical about this book
Juan Chavez
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Awesome book. It reads like he giving a sermon, and at times it goes a little off the rail. He also comes to the "way of the warrior" alot. even when i felt it didnt make sense. All in all though it was an awesome book. Great stories and and learning.

1- Peace comes when you stop trying to control the world around you and instead take responsibility for the world within you

2- The warrior knows that peace does not come from control but from relinquishing control. Everything in life that you try t
Patrick Willis
This book took me a lot longer to read than I had hoped, mainly because McManus wrote in such an 'artistic' way that I couldn't read as fast through the book as I do with others. That being said, I appreciate this work in it's own unique way. It wasn't one of my favorite books, yet it is certainly one which I will reference and ponder in the years to come. Blending personal stories, stories of people he knows, and just a hint of what I might call 'philosophical daydreaming', McManus writes a com ...more
Nay Denise
Received an ARC from the publisher.

The Way of the Warrior is such a great read. I enjoyed the an in-depth look at inner peace and the comparison of being a warrior. This book was broken into 8 chapters that focus on something different that is crucial to the warrior. I enjoyed majority of the chapters, highlighted, underlined and read my Bible while reading this book. There were a ton of scriptures and references to people in the Bible with the same issues, fears and doubts I have.

The whole idea
Katie Fischer
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
In The Way of the Warrior, McManus seeks to help readers to "realign the human soul from anxiety to peace, from pain to power." He reminds us that being peaceful does not equate to being submissive, but rather it requires a level of power and discipline that can only come from one source...our Lord. Aggression and manipulation are not required to win the battles we face. I appreciate that he ties his thoughts back Scripture, throughout the book.

At times, the book felt very philosophical, but at
Nay Denise
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, christian-living
The Way of the Warrior is such a great read. I enjoyed the an in-depth look at inner peace and the comparison of being a warrior. This book was broken into 8 chapters that focus on something different that is crucial to the warrior. I enjoyed majority of the chapters, highlighted, underlined and read my Bible while reading this book. There were a ton of scriptures and references to people in the Bible with the same issues, fears and doubts I have.

The whole idea of having inner peace to bring pea
Emily P
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Erwin McManus has written a thoughtful book on taking hold of an idea. What does a true warrior look like? There are so many examples of historical warriors, Biblical warriors, warriors from other cultures. Erwin does a great job of reeling the reader in and taking stock of the examples we have to follow. We also see that as a warrior serves, he leads. Yet the true definition of what a true warrior is can be often overlooked.

I enjoy reading Erwin's books and have followed him for some time. He
Amy Langmaack
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2019
Do you think of yourself as a warrior? I’ll admit, I never really think of myself as a warrior. But in his newest book, The Way of the Warrior, Erwin McManus challenges everyone to consider how similar the life of a warrior is with the life of a believer.

A warrior seems so imposing. Fierce. Full of strength.

But what McManus proposes is that really, a warrior is on a quest to find peace. By considering eight codes of conduct befitting a warrior, McManus shows the reader how to take a transformati
Anthony Cappoferri
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely beautiful work. I listened to the audio book that was read by the author. A true 10 out of 10 on every level. I wish every man within the Body of Christ (and even those who are not as of yet!) would read and live this book. And beyond the masculine perspective, it truly is a call to all followers of Jesus: strength through humility, honor through servitude, abundance through generosity, triumph through selflessness, victory through God’s vision, plan, and purpose, etc. Candid, grip ...more
Susan Barnes
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Way of the Warrior by Erwin McManus is written as an extended metaphor. I took the term “warrior” to mean a mature Christian. I suspect male readers might interpret the term slightly differently.

McManus brings out eight valuable lessons: The warrior fights only for peace, he seeks to become invisible, he finds honour in service, he gains mastery over his mind, he owns defeat, he harnesses his strength, he becomes one with all things, and he stands in others’ pain.

These are qualities Christ
Tonya Schrougham
I had the opportunity to read an advance reader copy of this book. I had some vague knowledge of Mosaic and had heard of Erwin McManus, but did not really know what to expect from the book. The topic caught my attention.

I personally loved the book. There was a lot of focus on the idea of warrior so I would say it is a book that could especially appeal to male readers. In covering 8 different warrior codes McManus does a superb job of weaving together the practicalities of our everyday life and
Jacob Marriott
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Words fail me while trying to write a review for this book. There are very few books I have read that reached me at such a profound level. Erwin Raphael Macmanus has such an intense gift of communicating that it made reading this book a very convicting experience. In the book he reveals the key points of how to live your life as a warrior in the same aspect that Jesus did. He shared that our biggest enemies to living our life as agents of peace is complacency and fear. Both control us whether we ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book that I had ever read by Erwin McManus and I was pleasantly surprised. Honestly I’d have to say the way he processes things is different than most communicators, but it is an incredible gift! The premise of this book is describing the life of a warrior and what that looks like, with each chapter describing a different attribute contributing to the main idea that the biggest battle you will ever fight is the one inside of you. I can say that there were quite a few times whe ...more
James Hauptman
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read a few of Erwin McManus' books before and have felt like I get the book from just the introduction, yet they take me longer to read than most books. Take this quote from page 1, "our only hope for peace is to win the battle within." That sums up the entire message of the book. But I've come to discover it's a slow read because there is so much richness in the writing. Like Shakespeare, you can read it quickly to get a cursory view of the book, OR read it slowly and absorb the writing at ...more
Brandie Kelly
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: growth
I felt the pace of the book was more subdued or reflective. There is a richness to this concept of being a warrior and how it relates to living out your life that really goes beyond a superfical read. I enjoy journeying through the Bible and seeing it anew through the eyes of Erwin McManus. He challenges some of my preconceptions forcing me to go back and reflect on my own life. One of the most compelling things he talks about is the fall of Adam and Eve and how their choice took them from life ...more
Karl Dumas
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Erwin McManus for a number of years, since hearing him speak at a couple of conferences. His earlier books forced me to think, and Way of the Warrior is no different. Although some of the concepts he introduces are difficult for me to grasp (I'll be the first to admit that he is much more of a creative, think-outside-the-box type of guy than I am) overall his writing makes sense.
Although describing a warrior as the rubric for finding peace might seem strange to some, the supe
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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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“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.” 2 likes
“most people would rather live in the predictability of captivity than risk the uncertainty that comes in a fight for freedom.” 2 likes
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