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The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within

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Two thousand years later the call to follow Christ has been repackaged to be smooth and trouble-free, filled with opportunity and promise but lacking risk, passion, and sacrifice. Is this really what Jesus died for? If He chose the way of the cross, where would He hesitate leading us? Is it possible that to follow Jesus is to choose the barbarian way?

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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 8th 2005 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2005)
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Oct 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great book. McManus isn't saying anything new, but what he is saying is important and thought provoking. There were a few things that, obvious as they really are, had never actually occurred to me.

The book deals with an issue that has bothered me for a long time. The current church is too safe. It's too clean. It's too neat. It's too bureaucratic. It's too controlled. It's too insular. McManus encourages his readers to embrace a barbarian faith. I grew up in a church where we learned that the ea
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: christianity
The Barbarian Way is written by a guy who lets his kids jump of the roof and goes to a church where men strip off naked for a tug-of-war after a retreat in the mountains. "A group of buzzards waiting around together to feat on leftover carnage is called a committee. Just this one insight is worth the prices of the whole book..." and probably sums up the tone of the book.

McManus is an iconoclast, although he doesn't come across as an angry one. He wants Christians to let go of civilised religion,
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
McManus is certainly not normal, nor a voice of reason, but he would consider both of those evaluations as complimentary. The book is chock full of powerful quotes that make you reevaluate why we try so hard to achieve the status quo. And it captures a Jesus who was not boring, nice, sweet, or tamed - someone actually worth following. If you yearn to experience a Christianity that isn't boring or safe, I recommend reading this book.
Eric Herendeen
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was ok
It was ok. The whole point seemed to be go out there and do something for God.
Jill Wallace
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book definitely made me think. Are we too safe and too civilized in the modern church? Probably we are. The book made me uncomfortable in a good way. Will I look out for ways to be more of a Christian barbarian? Most definitely!
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unleashed by Erwin Raphael McManus
A challenge is presented to all Christians to approach their faith in a way that mirrors the times of the Bible. It’s a challenge to not live out a faith in a life of ease and comfort, but to live faith out in the ways that are so far from tradition that it’s barbaric. I like it; it's short sweet and to the point. But I think the message of the book is really the part that I struggle with the most. It is not that I don't completely agree with what McMannus is s
Jeremy Copeland
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites. I give it to people all the time to read. If you're tired of faith the way it is, and believe there must be more to it than what you've experienced so far, you have to read this book. McManus taps into something that is written on our hearts and in our souls and he awakens a longing in us that can't be stopped.
Jul 31, 2007 rated it liked it
McManus is inspirational and insightful. This is a quick read, I think meant to have a little bit every day. Not real substantive, he's definitely trying to make his point to as wide an audience as possible, and he succeeds.
Craig  Calvert
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If this book doesn't get you fired up to drop everything and follow the Lord in a Barbaric way, I don't know what will. Any christian that is having trouble taking a next step, and fully surrendering to be a Christ follower, should read this book!
Kavin Kramer
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I see why some of my friends speak so highly of this man. He is a true visionary on how to engage culture. This book will no doubt effect me for a long time to come.
Alex Richmond
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Picked up this book at the local used bookstore because it stood out amongst the other books for surrounding it in the Christian section. Lotta books have titles that focus on peace and love and other softer, yet important things. While the book may seem generic, I feel it’s message is important one that churches have forgotten.

We live in an age where religion is almost worn as an accessory, people would rather say they are Christians then go out and actually be one. Churches are dying because
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
“To have the Spirit of God dwelling within the heart of someone who chooses a domesticated faith is like having a tiger trapped within a cage. You are not intended to be a spiritual zoo where people can look at God in you from a safe distance. You are a jungle where the Spirit roams wild and free in your life. You are the recipient of the God who cannot be tamed and of a faith that must not be tamed. You are no longer a prisoner of time and space, but a citizen of the kingdom of God – a resident ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not great writing, but easy to read and gave me something to think about... again. I like the imagery that church community has become domesticated and instead it ought to resemble the celtic barbarians. But I wonder what the wives of those celtic barbarians were like. Having a meek and gentle spirit doesn't seem to be what McManus is thinking of.
Jonathan Bullington
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing insight and honest approach to walking in a place of faith and trust.
Jack Richardson

It was a lot of his opinions and learned a lot about him. Not really a book I would recommend.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was conflicted on how to rate The Barbarian Way. My pastor, who highly recommend this book, lent a copy of it to me and I enjoyed it. McManus isn’t saying anything revolutionary as much as he is reminding us of some great truths. The book has a number of powerful sentences that I found myself highlighting. However, McManus used far too many illustrations and anecdotes involving his children and it got to the point where it felt like he was simply looking for reasons to write about his children ...more
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, favorites
To be born of god is to be made a citizen in the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom is at war.

Do not confuse this Kingdom with paradise. Salvation is not reentry into a paradise lost;it is enlistment into the mission of God.

The call of Jesus is one that demands action.

The invitation of Jesus is a revolutionary call to fight for the heart of humanity. We are called to an unconventional war using only the weapons of faith, hope and love.

The cost to participate in this mission of God is nothing less t
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Makes me want to live this kind of faith again, which I used to have more in the way of. I have definitely become a "civilized" Christian, but wish to not be! :)

Some excerpts I really liked from chapter 4:

"Jesus is telling us in no uncertain terms that there is a battle raging. This is perhaps the most important reason why we must choose the barbarian way and resist a temptation to become civilized. Domesticated Christians are far too willing to abdicate the battle for the soul of the world
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it

I just finished Erwin Raphael McManus’s book The Barbarian Way. This was a great read enjoyed by both myself and the beautiful and charming Susan. The following is an excerpt from the book.

I was surprised to learn that a group of buzzards waiting around together to feast on leftover carnage is called a committee. Just this one insight is worth the price of the whole book. This explains so much of what’s going on in churches – a lot of committees waiting around to live off human carnage.

Groups o
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unleashed; defined as "to allow something to have its full effect." That is definitely what Erwin Raphael McManus' book is all about. As Christians, we have to allow God and believing to have its full effect on our lives. We have to be barbaric Christians.
"If we have responded to the call of Jesus to leave everything and follow Him, then there is a voice within us crying out, "Fight for the heart of your King"(pg. 4)! We need to be able to proclaim the name of Jesus and not be ashamed of the con
Seth Comfort
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Last week, I finished reading The Barbarian Way by Erwin Raphael McManus, and I really enjoyed this book. This was a quick read with 146 pages, I was able to get through it in less than a week.
The back cover describes the book like this: "Two thousand years later the call to follow Christ has been repackaged to be smooth and trouble-free, filled with opportunity and promise but lacking risk, passion and sacrifice. Is this really what Jesus died for? If He chose the way of the cross, where would
"If we have responded to the call of Jesus to leave everything and follow Him, then there is a voice within us crying out, 'Fight for the heart of your King!'" (4)

"God is life, and [our] mission is to reconnect humanity to Him." (13)

"Jesus is being lost in a religion bearing His name. People are being lost because they cannot reconcile Jesus' association with Christianity." (17)

"Instead of concluding it is best to be wherever God wants us to be, we have decided that wherever it is best for us to
Samantha Davis
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The Barbarian way:unleash the untamed faith within by Erwin Raphael Mcmanus,I was confused about what the words in the few pages were saying in the book.Erwin asked "What does a prophet look like to you?", I thought someone who will guide us in the correct direction and turn away evil, going towards to the good.In the book, it says John The Baptist was a "crazy" person to many and people did not expect him to bring the uprising of Jesus Christ cause he did not wear "normal clothes", had honey mu ...more
Stephanie McGarrity
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Today for a book review, I present to you Unleashed: Release the Untamed Within by Erwin Raphael McManus. I actually had the privilege of hearing McManus speak last month at Willow Creek last month, so it was easy for me to relate and hear his voice as I read this book.

McManus’s theme for this book is having dramatic faith in God. Faith that causes one to become a barbarian. At the beginning of the book, he describes his definition of barbarian. At first, it was a little difficult for me to acce
Hilarey Johnson
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unleashed, Release the Untamed Faith Within, by Erwin Raphael McManus is about leaving the domesticated, cultured lifestyle where the Christian religion has settled and returning to the primal, barbarian-way of the first followers of Christ.

McManus says that Jesus' death wasn't to free us from dying, but to free us from the fear of dying.

He also talks about how a rule-based religion tries to motivate us the way love should, and that most of Jesus' fire and brimstone sermons were directed toward
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Truly an inspiring book, it lights a fire under your faith and puts the fight back into the "Walk". Erwin McManus brings "Christianity" back to its raw roots and reveals why it's important to be a "Barbarian Christian" and not a "Civilized Christian". Many Christians...myself included, have been weakened by religion and rituals that the Church has slowly started operating in over the last 2,000 years. As believer it is easy to get comfortable and domesticated and read about Jesus, John the Bapti ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
The central premise of McManus' book is that true Christianity defies our "safety at all cost" culture. I concur completely with this argument.

This book is a jocular look at living an adventuresome life with God. There are several references to Biblical texts and a lot of anecdotal support form the writer's personal experiences. It is very readable.

While I found much to affirm in the message, I also found the book lacking in a broader sense of the disciple's call to God's mandate in the world. T
Linda Fau
This book was recommended to me by a friend who knew that I have a heart like the author. What I mean by this is that I have come to realize as Erwin McManus has that following Christ down the path of life that he has marked out for us is not by any means the easy road. He shows how the people God used as our examples in the Bible were anything but tame, civilized people. They were the untamed barbarians that had the faith and trust to allow God to do crazy, amazing things through them like John ...more
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to revive fire and passion into your faith
I came to faith in Christ as a sixth grader, so I have lived within a subset of the Christian sub-culture.

Erwin Raphael McManus wasn’t raised in the Christian faith, so when he came to Christ as a college student, he didn’t know the rules of the “religious club” like I did. All he knew was that something had been set on fire deep within his soul, a passion that longed to be unleashed. Since that day, he has not followed the road most traveled by many long-time churchgoers. He has chosen a barba
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