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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; Revised Edition edition (Sept. 17 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576833348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576833346
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on Jan. 24 2004
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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 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Abbott on May 1 1999
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela J. Bush on May 16 1999
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After years of having evangelical education crammed into my head, Abba's Child is a book which challenges what I say I know and believe. Manning's honesty about the terrible sin problem all born-again sinners are acquainted with rings true to the Apostle Paul's lament "the things I wish to do, I do not (and vice versa)". But, instead of talking us out of our bad feelings about our condition, Manning challenges us to begin the journey of intimacy with the God Paul also teaches us is named Abba. Far from the typical modern Christian books which skim the surface of the human experience, Abba's Child is a primer for those who quietly realize that the Christian faith is much more than a call to a system of belief of Absolute Truths-----and that it is a call to the most important Relationship of our lives, that with our utterly "Other" God. Evangelical friends who presently are teaching, studying and ministering at Yale and Cambridge (UK) have thanked me over and over for giving them this book, both saying they must read it over and over----a life changing book! If you are squeamish in thinking God the Father's name is "Daddy", and that he longs for you to address and know him as such, this book probably will make you uncomfortable. If you have arrived at the exhaustion of modernity in the American evangelical experience, this book will remind you that the Gospel is a relationship, not a "plan of salvation" to know, memorize and regurgitate. Great reading for worn-out evangelicals!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By whatupgp@aol.com on Sept. 30 1997
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Once again Brennan Manning has hit the nail on the head and pierced my heart. For monthes I did my best to read this book but could not. Every word hit me to the core and made me think. Manning has the ability to speak to your heart and make it past all of our defences, opening us up to God's amazing love for us, as broken as we are. In this book he looks at the imposter that we place over our real self to hide from all of the pain and sadness in our lives. Manning reminds us that we were all created special by God and that His love is more than we need. Manning calls for us to understand the imposter and to accept it as part of us, a part that Jesus loves unconditionally and desires for it to accept His love and forgiveness. Manning is wonderful at getting the reader to understand God's love and leads you to God's feet where you can't help but surrender and love Him. Anyone struggling with who they are and realize that teh imposter is alive and well in their lives needs to read this book.
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