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Brennan Manning
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Sept. 19 2002 DFD 2
Many Christians feel broken and angry but dont think they can express these real feelings around others—or to God. So we put on a mask to hide our identity. Feelings of embarrassment and shame make us hide from the One who truly loves us.

Author Brennan Manning encourages you to let go of this stressful, unreal impostor lifestyle and freely accept your identity as a child of God. Find the rest that you long for as you grow in character and accept His lordship.

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BRENNAN MANNING leads retreats, revivals, and renewals around the country. He has authored several books, including Lion and Lamb, The Ragamuffin Gospel, and The Signature of Jesus. His most favored activity is hanging out with his wife, Roslyn, in New Orleans. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Profound, Challenging, Convicting and Delightful Jan. 24 2004
It's been a decade since Brennan Manning wrote ABBA'S CHILD, and the book as a whole is every bit as fresh and powerful in the 21st century as it was in the 20th. In the intervening years, many Christian authors have added an "amen!" to Manning's message about the need for authenticity and vulnerability before God and other people. His, however, is one of those rare books that stands up to repeated readings. The addition of a thoughtful study guide, written by the author, should make this particular edition attractive not only to new readers but also to longtime fans.
Manning begins by beckoning Christians to come out of hiding, the place to which we retreat out of shame or guilt in the misguided belief that God is berating us as harshly as we are berating ourselves. In that place of hiding, we further nurture our false self, which the author calls "the impostor" --- also the title of the chapter that has generated more responses than all the other chapters combined, Manning writes in the preface to the revised edition. Apparently, it's an image that resonates with a lot of readers.
Our masks, our pretenses, our hypocrisy, our outward displays of saintliness, Manning contends, rob us of the thing we crave the most: intimacy with God the Father. That intimacy is far more attainable than we can possibly imagine as we refuse to come out from hiding and expose our true selves to God, to other people, and most of all, to ourselves. It is only when we shed our false identity and accept the unconditional love of our Abba --- our heavenly "Daddy" --- that we can experience the passionate love relationship with Him that we have long craved.
Manning's gift as an author lies in his often brutal honesty about his own failures.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well intentioned but disappointing May 1 1999
I had high hopes for this work, based on the reputation of the publishing house and the importance of the subject. Alas, what I found was Christianized pop psychology, with facile references to "the imposter," "the inner Pharisee," and, believe it or not, "the inner child." There was virtually nothing said about the great biblical themes of adoption and our relation to Christ, the firstborn of many, with whom we are heirs and co-heirs of the kingdom. In fact, there was a more-than-subtle anti-intellectualism evident and a distinct distaste for theology displayed. The one thing that saved a star for this book was Mr. Manning's treatise on the Apostle John--if only the whole book had lived up to the content of this chapter. A wasted opportunity to speak to a vital aspect of Christian life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unlike the Workaday World!! Feb. 4 2003
This is what we all need - to get away from it all, and spend the solid, intimate time with God. Alone, without distractions! Isn't that what our Father in Heaven wants - to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. And when we return from whatever contemplative situation we may find, we are refreshed and able to gain the spiritual strength which the workaday world requires. As long as we do this, Manning, suggest, we are "plugged into" the Ultimate Source. A provocative read, and for those who are so inclined, it is highly recommended!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Aug. 21 2002
This book is easy to review, quite simple actually, and it can be done in one sentence: This solid book will not allow you to reject the fact that God loves you unconditionally.
There is a lot more to say about this work, but really it is all summed up in the last sentence. Manning consistently writes eloquently for the masses who are hurting, broken, and need love. He is honest with his own journey and leaves no detail spared of his own personal trials and tribulations. He gives hope to those who might not have any hope, and joy to those who might think they have to be perfect for God to love them. I appreciated the honesty from the author, and the risk he takes in sharing his soul with the reader. Not many authors are willing to do this where it will make a difference, Manning obviously will.
This book is a must read for anyone wondering if anyone cares about what happens in their life, read the book, find out why God loves you. Seems pretty simple to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing May 20 2002
This is the first book of Manning's that I have read, and I am stocking up on many more! This amazing book illuminated so many hazy thoughts and feelings that I have never been able to put words to and helped me deal with a lot of issues. The sense of relief and comfort I have recently found in God is largely due to this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling with any kind of identity issue, or anyone who just wants to get closer to his/her true Father.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abba's Child April 3 2002
While Brennan Manning is most notably known for his book "Ragamuffin Gospel" this book is Brennan's personal favorite. So many of us face the temptation to believe in what he calls our "imposter" (our false self we show to the world that pretends to have it all together) and show the world someone we are not. This topic strikes a cord in all of us, who have been tempted to be someone other than who we really are and rest confidently in the arms of our Abba Father. You will laugh and you will cry as you read about yourself as you read about Brennan's inner confessions and as you learn to rest in your true identity as Abba's Child.
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4.0 out of 5 stars back to basics
Refreshing,comforting, and down to the ground in simplicity. Especially written for those folks dug down in theological mediocrity or battling guilt from repeating "the same... Read more
Published on March 2 2002 by Steve Gifford
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
An oversimplified and unrealistic treatise on how to gain intimacy with God. I have not read any of Manning;s previous works and am not planning to having read Abba's child. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2002 by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Abba's Child
This book has kept my heart changing for months. Not to mention it has changed my life. I wish I could give Brennan a big hug...
Published on Feb. 14 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book, that tells of God's great love!
This is a very touching book. It tells of God's love for His people. It shows us that God's love never fails.
Published on Aug. 24 2001 by Rosella Ann Myles
5.0 out of 5 stars The Deep Understanding of God's Love
I am on the third reading of this book. I have given this book to many other evangelical Christians who struggle with beleiving God really loves them. Read more
Published on June 30 2001 by Deborah B Bletsch
1.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous...
This is the only Manning book I've read, though I only completed 2/3 of it (in retrospect, that was probably good). Read more
Published on June 27 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars read my lips
Published on June 22 2001 by Green Frog Shelters
5.0 out of 5 stars we are children of God...most precious in His sight
How silly we humans are. We are loved beyond comprehension. Still, we try to put on painful masks to hide from our lover. What nonsense! What idiocy. Read more
Published on June 21 2001 by RecklessRagingFury
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