The Barbarian Way: 2 out of 4 stars
Erwin Raphael Mcmanus
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 10, 2005)
I was pretty excited about reading this book. After hearing and reading great reviews of it and Mcmanus being on the cusp of the “emerging” church I thought this would be a good one.
Sadly I wasn’t very impressed with it. I like the concept, but i think the title is a big issue. He calls for us to go back to our barbarian form of Christianity. The only problem with that is the def of a barbarian is:
bar·bar·i·an [bahr-bair-ee-uhn] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –noun
||a person in a savage, primitive state; uncivilized person.
||a person without culture, refinement, or education; philistine.
||(loosely) a foreigner.
||(in ancient and medieval periods)
||a person living outside, esp. north of, the Roman Empire.
||a person not living in a Christian country or within a Christian civilization.
||(among Italians during the Renaissance) a person of non-Italian origin.
||uncivilized; crude; savage.
I don’t think this is exactly what he was going for. I think we do need to be a people much like the original church fathers and like John the baptist. Not necessarily barbarians, but more so zealous for Christ and zealous for the furthering of His kingdom.
There are some great points in this book. The closer we are to Christ the harder the sacrifice.
The big issue is while there are great points if you took out the unneeded repetition you are left with a 40 page book.
I do recommend this book because the points he does make I think are dead on about starting a new fire in the church with creativity and openness and zealousness. Just keep in mind that you may find yourself jumping over sections.