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Wide Awake: The Future Is Waiting Within You Hardcover – July 1, 2008
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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 Wide Awake, McManus connects living life to the fullest to the teachings of Christ. So often we think that our Christian lives should muted, reverent, holy, and that we should just step back and let God control our lives. McManus reminds us that Christ came to bring life, and life more abundant, and that we could be living our life to the fullest.
The author does challenge some commonly held ideas in mainstream Christianity. Even if you don't agree with everything McManus says, Wide Awake will challenge you to rethink your philosophy of life and your purpose for living.
A must-read for every Christian!
In "Wide Awake" McManus calls Biblical Christians (not mere religious church attenders but genuine followers of Jesus of the Bible) to seize the challenge of a life of purpose in partnership with the God of creation and the One who loves and values them like no other.
He is no mere motivational speaker, no puffed-up politician spewing platitudes and promises they have no ability (let alone intent) to keep, and no legalist or televangelist who has lost sight of the true message of the Bible. McManus is the real deal; humble, humorous, and transparently human.
Our church is filled with broken people; divorced, recovering from addictions, survivors of abuse and neglect, unemployed and underemployed, orphans and castaways, struggling with their relationships with others and with God. This book speaks the hope of God into their lives as no government program or rah-rah political rally or secular motivational pep talk could ever do - it is the pure truth of God!
God sees every man, woman, and child as filled with opportunities to make a positive difference out of the abundance of love He wants to pour into (and through) them - no matter their temporary circumstances.
The change that matters will never come from a politicians campaign rhetoric or some musicians magical-thinking song or a manipulative commercial - the change that matters comes one heart at a time as we turn away from "chasing the wind" and live the intentionally inspiring "Wide Awake" dream that God longs to place in each of our hearts.
Thank you Irwin for another great book - it is a word from God through your writing.
If you could sum up Wide Awake in two words, it would be something like this: "Wake up!" People are going through life with unfulfilled dreams, experiencing a "little bit of sadness" every morning (xii). McManus wants to "awaken humanity." He believes that in every person there is a hero "waiting to be awakened." He looks at every human as "pre-great" (xiii). The little bit of sadness we face in the morning is our "soul searching for its hero (xv)."
How can people be awakened? McManus turns to eight essential attributes that characterize people who live their dreams (Dream, Discover, Adapt, Expect, Focus, Create, Enjoy, Invest) and every one of the attributes is something that people must discover from within. Each chapter unpacks one of the eight attributes, usually with illustrations that help readers picture the kind of life that McManus is describing.
Wide Awake contains some helpful advice. McManus doesn't sacrifice character in order to emphasize the principle of adaptability. He emphasizes the importance of integrity and the necessity of living according to firm principles. Occasionally, he offers good insight into certain stories from Scripture.Read more ›
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This author should be on Oprah…he is that good. Best kept secret in Hollywood. A must read for every follower of Christ!Published 23 months ago by Deborah L.
If you have an entrepreneur spirit or passion in life, then this book is a must read!!! It gave me a whole new perspective on how to approach life and what to do with my passions... Read morePublished on February 12, 2014 by Panda Miranda
Wide awake is well written, spiced with humor and biblical references, it allows you to think "outside the box" regarding personal choices in living a spiritually geared... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by James H
I bought this book as a gift for my sister after reading it myself......Erwin Rahael McManus is an anointed communicator.....what can I say?.....read the book...Published on December 26, 2012 by Eki
This book is amazing. I was already a fan of Irwin McManus, but this book sealed the deal. You couldn't ask for a better book to get you focused on getting your life on track to... Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by S. George
This book contains a very positive message about God's intentions for us, and how we should live our lives. Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by Michael Travis Jasper
In this book Erwin McManus seeks to motivate his readers to dream wide awake by encouraging them to see their potential and step outside their comfort zones. Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by L. Williams
I decided a long time ago I would stretch my mind by reading things other people write that I am unfamiliar with, and Erwin McManus is one of those guys. Read morePublished on June 4, 2011 by Steven G. Galindo