Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Quotes from "The Barbarian Way" by Erwin McManus

"Even then Jesus understood His purpose was to save us not from pain and suffering, but from meaninglessness." (pg. 31)

"Instead of finding confidence to live as we should regardless of our circumstances, we have used it as justification to choose the path of least resistance, least difficulty, least sacrifice. 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 be is where God wants us. Actually, God's will for us is less about our comfort than it is about our contribution. God would never choose for us safety at the cost of significance." (pg. 44-45)

"People who are fully alive look out of their minds to those who simply exist." (pg. 69)

"Barbarians wake to live and live life fully awake. To be filled with the Spirit of God is to be filled with dreams and visions that are too compelling to ignore." (pg. 100)

Speaking about the names given to different groups of animals:
"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." (pg. 136-137)


  1. I like the first quote a lot. I think we get to easily to a place where we forget Jesus is Lord, and see him simply as another product to consume or sell.

  2. Our faith becomes shaky when things get tough, because we saw Jesus as the next self-help book, rather than for who He really is. We too easily mistake comfort with meaning/fulfillment.