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The Last Arrow

Save Nothing for the Next Life

Erwin Raphael McManus

About The Last Arrow

Before You Die,
Live the Life
You Were Born
To Live.

When you come to the end of your days, you will not measure your life based on success and failures. All of those will eventually blur together into a single memory called “life.”

What will give you solace is a life with nothing left undone. One that’s been lived with relentless ambition, a heart on fire, and with no regrets.

On the other hand, what will haunt you until your final breath is who you could have been but never became and what you could have done but never did.

The Last Arrow is your roadmap to a life that defies odds and alters destinies. Discover the attributes of those who break the gravitational pull of mediocrity as cultural pioneer and thought leader Erwin McManus examines the characteristics of individuals who risked everything for a life they could only imagine. Imagine living the life you were convinced was only a dream. 

We all begin this life with a quiver full of arrows.

Now the choice is yours. Will you cling to your arrows or risk them all, opting to live until you have nothing left to give?

Time is short. Pick up The Last Arrow and begin the greatest quest of your life.


ECPA bestseller

“One of the best books I’ve ever read. The Last Arrow will inspire you to make the most of the life you’ve been given and create the life you’ve always wanted.”
—Jon Gordon, author of The Carpenter and Training Camp,

The Last Arrow throws wide the window to what God always intended for you…a life of nothing wasted and nothing held back. Each page reveals another mindset that undermines destiny. In Erwin’s words, ‘When you choose to live, you become a source of life.’ It is time to stop burying talents and hoarding arrows. It is not too late to dust off your bow, take aim and shoot with all that is within you.”
—Lisa Bevere, New York Times Bestselling Author, Cofounder Messenger International

“I have never interacted with Erwin where he did not move me and capture my heart. His call in this book is one more example. He wakes us up where we need it, and pushes us past lack of clarity and through the unavoidable fear of truly spending our lives well. Thanks once again, my friend!”
—Dr. Henry Cloud, Psychologist and Author

“Erwin McManus is a passionate, courageous, and genuine man, and I am thankful to have the rare privilege to encounter him. In his latest book he writes as he has lived. The Last Arrow is a peek into the very threads of Erwin’s journey; threads that has been woven into the fabric of his very life and story. For me. And for you. And for all of us who endeavor to leave more behind than we have taken from this life. The pages of this book will poke you. In fact, they will prod you to live with eternal intention and fight beyond the tyranny of the mundane that we can all become so captive to. Truth and vulnerability make this message catching, compelling, and encouragingly dangerous. You can’t read this book and stay the same.”
—Judah Smith, Lead Pastor of The City Church NY Times best-selling author of Jesus Is _____.

About Erwin Raphael McManus

Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast, artist, and cultural thought leader known for his integration of creativity and spirituality. He is the founder of MOSAIC- a Los Angeles based community of faith recognized as one of America’s most influential and innovative churches. 

Erwin is the acclaimed author of The Artisan Soul, Chasing Daylight, Soul Cravings, and The Barbarian Way. His books have sold over a million copies worldwide. He lives in Hollywood, California with his wife of 34 years Kim McManus.

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Product Details

224 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Sep 5, 2017

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 12

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Press Release

Lisa Beech, Asst. Publicity Director / (719) 268-1917
Facing Cancer and an Uncertain Future Los Angeles Pastor Erwin Raphael McManus Calls Us to Live Before We Die
Widely respected speaker and best-selling author Erwin Raphael McManus didn’t realize when he wrote The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life (WaterBrook, September 5, 2017) that he may be close to the end of his own life. But when McManus was diagnosed with cancer just before making his final edits on the manuscript, his words to others burned even deeper in his soul.
“Before you hear it from someone else, I need to tell you that I’m dying,” McManus wrote in The Last Arrow – a year before his diagnosis. At the time, he was telling his readers that he wanted to live as the best version of the person God created him to be because his days on earth were few. Before the book went to press, though, the words took on greater power. Suddenly his desire to finish well, without fear or regret, became even more important to communicate.
McManus writes that the value of a person’s life is not based on wins and losses or successes and failures. At the end of life, what matters most is not having anything left in your quiver because you have given everything you’ve got. Leaving it all on the battlefield feels risky, but it gives the greatest sense of fulfillment. As McManus told his congregation days before he went into surgery, “I made a decision that while cancer may define how I die, it will not define how I live.… There is more courage in us than danger ahead of us.”
The Last Arrow is a bold manifesto for a life of passion, adventure, and hope. As McManus tells through his words and his own life story, everyone is living out their last days – and no one needs to settle for less than all life has to offer.ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erwin Raphael McManus is an artist, entrepreneur and cultural thought leader known for his integration of creativity and spirituality. He is the founder of MOSAIC, a community of faith in Los Angeles, Calif. Known for their innovation, creativity and artistry, MOSAIC has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. Erwin has a B.A. in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a doctorate of human letters from Southeastern University. He is the author of several books, including Soul CravingsChasing DaylightAn Unstoppable Force and The Barbarian Way. His books have sold more than a million copies worldwide.
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Twitter/Instagram: @erwinmcmanus

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By Jamie Ukes

As I read The Last Arrow: Save Nothing For the Next Life, by Erwin Raphael McManus, I realized that I needed to change my mindset, my priorities, my life perspective. The Last Arrow is about living a full, no holds barred kind of life. Willing to risk everything, so to make the most of this gift we've been given: our lives. The Last Arrow is about finishing this life as truly a life well-lived. This is a book that everyone needs to read. ...

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By Jose Gonzalez

The author did an amazing job in telling his powerful story and the heartbreaking journey he endured. If you are needing hope for your journey, this is the book to read. You realize that there is so much grace available for your purpose in life and that no matter what happens God will always be there.

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By rita barriga

 Wow, is the first thing that comes to mind after reading the latest book to come to me. This book was created for all of us and should be read by everyone. The Last Arrow by Erwin Raphael McManus is pure power and strength in book form. I think I may have learned more from this book than in all of my life. Taking this one life and using our power for good and will be benefitting for me and everyone is magic, pure magic. Such a page turner....

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By Rick Nier

Since leaving the youth ministry position I had held for 15 years, jumping into a still unknown future, I have been purposeful about some of the books I have picked up. I realized that this season, where I would get to choose what to read and focus on, might not come again for some time. In the words of a pastor, it might be the sabbatical no church was going to give me. So I chose a book on purpose. I chose a book on listening for God's...

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By Johnny Beaver

When I die I want to leave a hole in this world.  I want to be missed.  I want people to come to my funeral because in some way I touched their life.  I want to know that my life counted.  That is why The Last Arrow:  Save Nothing for the Next Life, written by Erwin Rachael McManus, resonated with me.  This book is a combination of personal stories experienced by the author with sound teaching.  It is about making your life count and...

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