I received this book from The Last Arrow for reviewing. All opinions are my own.
If you look up Erwin McManus on YouTube, you can see that he’s a gifted speaker. He has the great ability to tell a story, almost like he’s having a one in one conversation with you. His way of speaking translates well into his writing. The Last Arrow is an honest book of making sure you’re actually living your life and giving your energy to make sure you don’t leave this earth with regrets and what ifs.
The main Biblical story it draws from is Jehoash and Elisha in 2 Kings 13:14-20. This has always been one of the stories in the Old Testament that I always found interesting. Jehoash was in the middle of a war and was struggling so he came to Elisha, who was already sick and near death. Elisha instructed him to shoot an arrow from the east window, which represented victory over Aram.
After he’s done that, Elisha instructs him to take the arrows and strike the ground, which Jehoash does but only strikes the ground three times. Then verse 19 says, “The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.” (NIV). It’s an interesting story and The Last Arrow explains about what happens when we actually keep striking the ground instead of stopping.
The book is written in such a a raw and honest way. But what makes it great is that it’s not just another book saying to live life to the fullest in a cheesy way. Instead, it makes it more of a plead to live life with a purpose and to the point that you know you’ve done absolutely everything you can with your arrow, instead of just stopping. It’s not just about saying you only live once and living recklessly, it’s about living with ambition that pulls you out of mediocrity and to a life that is genuine and meaningful.