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Chasing Daylight: Seize the Power of Every Moment Paperback – January 8, 2006
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About the Author
Erwin R. McManus (BA, University of North Carolina; MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as lead pastor and cultural architect of Mosaic, a diverse, multi-ethnic church based in Los Angeles, California. As founder of Awaken, an entrepreneurial community, Erwin collaborates with a team of dreamers and innovators who specialize in the field of developing and unleashing personal and organizational creativity. A national and international consultant on culture, change, leadership, and creativity, he partners with Bethel Theological Seminary as a futurist and distinguished lecturer. He is the author of the ECPA Silver Medallion Award-winning book, An Unstoppable Force, and Seizing Your Divine Moment, Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul, and The Barbarian Way.
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In nine fast-paced chapters, McManus walks people through the process of coming to terms with a major change in their life and helps readers recognize the relationship between initiative, passion and God. Throughout the book he tackles tough questions, including how to know if a dream or passion is really from God, how to step forward in confidence and courage, and how to know if we're in God's will.
McManus points to two practical dimensions of faith that he calls "first-dimension" and "second-dimension" faith. The first dimension includes stepping out into an area that is within reach or within the realm of possibilities. For example, God asks us to do something he has asked us to do before, or something that is outside our personal comfort zone but that he's done in the lives of countless others. The second dimension is more challenging. It requires us to step into the realm of impossibilities and of things we've never seen done before, except that we feel God's leading to move forward. This book is an invitation to grasp both first-dimension and second-dimension living.
Writes McManus, "This relationship between faith and uncertainty is inescapable. What required faith for you yesterday may become commonplace for you tomorrow. Although they are still expressions of your faith, they are no longer the challenges that launch you to a new-faith experience.Read more ›
Chasing Daylight is an invitation to view Christianity as something more than mere "sin management." For McManus, faith is adventure, and each second of our life is an on-ramp to living life purposefully. McManus uses language that feels alien to a discussion of Christianity, but shouldn't--courage, initiative, risk, embracing uncertainty, influence, and movement. These traits should be the buzzwords of every believer.
The narrative of Jonathan and his shield bearer choosing to attack the Philistine camp without support (1 Samuel 14) makes up the backbone of the book. Pastor Erwin sees Jonathan as a temple of personal discipleship. We see a need that only a God-energized agent can meet and attack it. McManus calls this the Jonathan Factor, and he believes that this should be a standard feature of every Christ-follower.
Chasing Daylight is filled with personal stories from Erwin's personal life and from the life of his congregation. McManus has gone where he's calling others to go. His stories of starting out as a pastor and risking his financial security and reputation for the sake of God's calling gives him the credibility to dare others from their lives of complacency. The story of how his church, Mosaic, risked looking foolish in their quest to begin influencing north Los Angeles resonated deeply in me.Read more ›
I would agree with another reviewer that things get repeated a lot throughout, probably because the whole book was based around the story of Jonathan and the Philistines. Could have been shorter, but still, an excellent read and highly recommended.
We are using this McManus book, training guide and video series as a group study. Erwin McManus is one of those who takes the road less traveled and isn't always 'unpacking' is suitcase of troubles.
This is an ongoing tough study for me. Over the years I've heard and still hear many Christians with totally wrong conclusions about how simply believing in God and Christ will make life so much easier. I expected McManus to continue with the same lame-brain conclusion but, instead, he clears up this issue by pointing out the misconception, then dealing with it
McManus goes deep into Hebrews 11:1, FAITH, by reflecting on Saul's son, Jonathan and the relationship between faith/belief. Years ago I studied Paul Yongii Cho's book "The Fourth Dimension" about faith - still a fantastic read - but McManus gives another example of how to deal with the 'faith' issue by linking many different stories and guidance quotes from both the Original and New Testaments.
All of us in the study group have come to appreciate McManus' teaching approach. Normally we expect the teaching guide to mimic the study materials, but, in this approach during the group session activities, the leaders guide and brief weekly video enhance the book rather than reflect on the books contents by digging even deeper into the faith/belief relationship.
This study challenges the belief level of a reader as well as group participants but in powerful ways.
Strongly recommended for anyone who thinks they are a mature Christian and yet finds themselves still struggling with the concepts of faith and belief, dreams and visions. To let the cat out of the bag, McManus basically says "If you don't know what to do, get out from under the safe shade of the Pomegranate tree and... - Do Something".
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Once more you have touched the souls of many by sharing Gods wisdom through your gift of communication
Please keep them coming!
Great book to read and will change your life if you see each moment as important as they see you!Published 12 months ago by WWJD
I really enjoy this book We are using it as a group biblestudy.Published 13 months ago by Judy Furlow
Fantastic book so far after only reading three chapters. It gives a lot of practical examples that can be applied to everyday life in regarding seizing the opportunities that... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Diane Miller