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McManus's collection of essays reads like a series of lively late-night college bull sessions about the meaning of life, with enough transitions and common threads to pull reader-participants along. "We are all on the same quest," he writes. "And our soul craving is to find something we can believe in." McManus wants readers to come to know themselves and meet God on the journey. "This thing that haunts you, that never seems satisfied, the cravings in your soul that you are unable to satiate through all the success that the world can bring—this is your soul screaming for God." He spends many pages on love and its implications and emphasizes grace while eschewing legalism and shaming. McManus also muses on ambition, the power of hope, the uniqueness of each person, the search for meaning and purpose, the need for trust, and death and the problem of evil. McManus (The Barbarian Way), the lead pastor of the Mosaic community in Los Angeles, has an unusually un-self-conscious voice. Throughout, he seamlessly incorporates personal anecdotes, music lyrics and movie snippets. Although the content isn't particularly new and the book might have benefited from some tightening, McManus's fresh presentation will do much to woo spiritual seekers and disenchanted Christians to a more authentic Christianity. (Nov. 14)
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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400280265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400280261
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steve Waite on February 19, 2007
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Love is probably the most misunderstood word in the English today. And this is truly tragic. For those in search of the true meaning of love, Soul Cravings is a must read book. Erwin's meditations are filled with beautiful insights that will make you smile and bring you to tears. Like a river that ulimately finds it way to the sea, Soul Cravings takes the reader on a journey that connects God with love, and then shows us how love can cure so many ills of the world today. As St. Paul told the people of Corinth, without love, we are nothing. Erwin's book is a timely reminder of this fundamental and universal truth.This is a book that everybody should read at some point in their life. I plan on giving out copies of this book to as many people as I can. I can't think of a better gift to my loved ones and my enemies. God bless you, Erwin!
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Some of the greatest frustrations of life on earth stem from our deep desire for those things that this life can never provide, which Erwin McManus identifies as the cravings of our soul. McManus, pastor of the Mosaic community in Los Angeles and author of Gold Medallion finalist AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE, sees our universal cravings as a search for identity, destiny and meaning, and he arranges SOUL CRAVINGS accordingly.

Each chapter in those three sections is labeled an "entry," an accurate description for writing that at times has the feel of a journal entry. Only with McManus, the writing is a cut above the way most of us would record our musings. He startles you every now and then with a sentence that you know you'll remember forever. One example, from Entry #13, Being Loved to Death, in reference to Jesus' encounter with the Pharisees and the woman caught in adultery (the "Let him who is without sin throw the first stone" passage): "If Jesus' encounter with this unnamed adulterous woman tells us anything," he writes, "it reveals the unexpected truth that the safest place for a sinful person to go is to God." We may already know that, we may in fact have known that for years, but we may never have thought to express it in that way --- describing God as the safest place for a sinner to go.

McManus's way with words may be the book's greatest strength. He's so good with words that it takes a while before you realize that you have no better idea of what to do with your unfulfilled soul cravings than you had before you read the book. It's like the way you feel after a profound and caffeine-laced philosophical discussion with a friend about the deeper issues of life.
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Erwin did it again. This powerful book is broken into about 75 entries. Some of the entry titles include: "When Love Cuts Like a Knife," "Love is Not a Four Letter Word," and "Bloody Sunday Leads to Cheap Monday."

This book is almost impossible to read in one sitting. Each section is much too rich for a quick read. Ewrin's words will stretch your understanding of God's love, life, meaning, cravings, and destiny.

Erwin, thanks for the awesome and inspiring book!
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Erwin McManus' book is an honest exploration of the human heart. Using examples from his own life(some funny, some sad, all introspective), McManus gently nudges us into a place where we can think and question. Like Scorates, McManus asks more questions than he does answer them or offer up advice. Soul Cravings is a portal to self-examination. I invite you to try it out.
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Soul Cravings touches on something that can speak to all peoples, regardless of beliefs.Whether you believe in no god,one god or more than one god this book can speak into your life and make you look at your soul cravings differently. It helps you discover meaning and purpose and an understanding of what you are created for. You won't need a dictionary when reading it, it's pretty straight forward.
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Mcmanus turns out another compelling argument for real Christianity. He's raw and offensive to some but compellingly realistic. How wonderfully similar to everyman's questions and experiences!

Many of us make our way to the pews each Sunday with a sense of belonging but continued longing for the fulfillment of the Christian life. What in the world am I hear for? This was the question Rick Warren worked to answer in The Purpose Driven Life. Now, McManus brings that question to Baby Busters to Gen-Y and many of us, regardless of age, struggling with similar caffeine issues. Soul Cravings will resonate with anyone that admits they're alive and dreaming, somewhere deep inside.
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I purchased this book because I am a fan of this pastor. I gave it to my fiance and I have to say he loved it enough to share it with a fellow friend. That says alot when he will give a book to a friend that is about religion. In the world today there are not enough books written like this. I am pleased to report this is a great read and an awesome conversation starter for anyone looking to connect with people who are struggling with religion and the traditional formalities of being in a church.
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Erwin is one of the great thinkers of our time. Although he comes from a "faith" background, his approach to questions on life and purpose and existence go beyond faith and no matter your belief, should at the very least open your mind and soul to possibility.
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