The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life

Reviewed by: Margaret Neal, a Professional Writing Major at Taylor University.



Title: The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life

Author: Erwin Raphael McManus

Publisher: WaterBrook Publishers

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Print book

Length: 214 pages


With the storytelling power of The Barbarian Way and the conviction of The Artisan Soulcomes Erwin Raphael McManus’s most recent book, The Last Arrow. This is perhaps his most passionate writing yet. This book’s concept was derived by the Old Testament story where the prophet Elisha instructed the king of Israel to strike the ground with arrows. The king struck the ground only three times—then stopped. McManus proposes that often, we too give up before we are instructed to—we stop fighting with a quiver still full of arrows. In this examination of individuals who risked everything to really live, McManus takes a serious look at his own humanity. He grapples with the idea of “saving nothing for the next life.” With passion, conviction, and—in true McManus style—plenty of personal stories, The Last Arrow challenges readers to risk everything to be battle ready, and to keep striking until the last breath.


Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

Adult, Young Adult, Christian

Christian Impact

As the lead pastor of Mosaic Church in Los Angeles, California, McManus writes with a pastor’s heart. Throughout the book readers are encouraged fervently to live out the call of God—never giving up. McManus charges readers to be people who are “on the plane when it takes off,” and not people consumed by worry that the plane will never land.



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The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life

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