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Soul Cravings

Erwin Raphael McManus

I read this book all wrong but I just couldn’t help myself. I just wanted more, in fact, you could even say that I craved more. So, rather than reading it an entry at a time over several days, I read the entire book in three instalments over a couple of days.

While I didn’t read as many books in 2011 as usual, of the 15 I read, this was one of the best.

The book is comprised of 68 entries grouped into three main categories:

  • Intimacy
  • Destiny
  • Meaning

As purported on the title page, Soul Cravings is “an exploration of the human spirit” and, as noted on the back cover, is “a journey into our deepest longings, our desires, our needs, our cravings, our souls.”

I heard Erwin speak on a couple of occasions and was impressed by the warmth of his spirit and his incredible creativity. A few years back, I saw a powerful short documentary film that he created.  Since then, I have wanted to read his writings.

If you read this book, you will not be disappointed as I was more impressed than expected. Erwin led me to look deep inside myself to inspect and understand my own longings and desires.  He helped me contemplate cravings buried within and often overlooked.

Have you read Soul Cravings? Are you ready to explore your deepest cravings?

4 Comments to Soul cravings

  1. Glenn Bassett's Gravatar Glenn Bassett
    Jan 16, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink


    I know you from my time at Avnet working the Avnet Supply Chain team. Your post reminds me of a “Ted Talks” presentation on the power of vulnerability – I would highly recommend it. It was eye opening for me…

    Hope you are doing very well!


  2. Jennifer Zhang's Gravatar Jennifer Zhang
    Jan 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Hi Arthur,

    Thanks for the recommendation. After I read only a few pages on, I decided to buy the book and finish it. I am glad to work in a company which the leader is a Christ-follower.

    God Bless You,


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