The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace by Erwin Raphael McManus

About the Book

  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1601429568
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (February 26, 2019)
  • Publication Date: February 26, 2019
  • Sold by: Random House LLC

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 ancient biblical practices of humility, focus, ownership, clarity, strength, and vulnerability, he guides readers to a deeper understanding of their inner workings and provides the guidance they need to establish peace and tranquility in their homes, neighborhoods, communities, and even the world! In the style of a battle-wizened teacher, McManus delivers wisdom, instills passion, and provides the sacred movements needed to become the warrior you were meant to be.

My Thoughts

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.  Readers need time to ponder and reflect.
Author McManus writes about being a warrior and his ways. Warriors can be competitive but still be humble. A warrior can be great and yet a servant.  He knows what feeds his soul.  The statements are prose which I wanted to write on sticky notes and put on my mirrors for inspiration.  They are very encouraging.
However, there were many things that just didn’t sit right with me.  “The Warrior is one with all things.” is one example of those statements.  In my opinion, that sounds rather New Age.  There were others that did not align with my beliefs, also.
It takes some inspiration from samurai warriors and other places.  Scripture and faith are sprinkled throughout the book, but there is no mention of  how to have a relationship with Jesus, our Savior.  Nor was there mention of getting our peace (that passes understanding) from Him.
I am not sure what I expected but this book was a disappointment to me.  I wanted more Christian inspiration and wisdom.   More practical advice on how to accomplish the result instead of what a Warrior was.
The author is a talented writer.  This book is just not for me.  Men will like it more than women and relate to the warrior references.   I would recommend reading it with a watchful eye on the scripture.  I rated it 3 out of 5.
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About the Author

Erwin Raphael McManus is the founder of MOSAIC, a church movement started in the heart of Hollywood with campuses across Los Angeles, Orange County, and Mexico City, and a global community that spans around the world. He is the author of several previous books. He and his wife live in Los Angeles.

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