by Erwin Raphael McManus
"Christian civilization is held together by rules and rituals; the barbarian revolt is fueled by the passion of God and guided by the mission of God. If our children are going to walk away from Christ, we need to raise them in such a way that they understand to walk away from Jesus is to walk away from a life of faith, risk, and adventure to choose a life that is boring, mundane, and ordinary." (pg 122)
McManus wrote Unleashed to explain how he feels that Jesus wants us to live the barbarian way. He explains the difference between a civilized christian and a barbarian christian. Throughout this book McManus shares stories of his own along with stories of his family and how they handled them. Chapter by chapter he tells a story from the bible, a story of his own, and then what he got out of both of them. If ever there was a christian who felt like an outcast at their church because they did not follow the path everyone else was on, this would be the book for them.
I am not a person who often reads christian literature however this book seemed very interesting to me. I had never heard of a barbarian christian before and I won't lie, the name itself intrigued me. I am not as up to par with my bible knowledge as I should be so while reading this book I kept a bible near by so I could read what he was talking about in the bible as well. Every story he told was exactly what was written in the bible (only, of course, in different words). I loved the fact that he would tell a story from the bible, tell a correlating story from his/his family's life then reflect on it. One of my favorite parts in the book is when he tells his son to go ahead jump off the roof. I won't spoil his message from that story but it is a good one. I surprisingly enjoyed this book a lot. It is definitely a book that I will recommend to my friends.
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