Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate BelongingExpanded Edition New Preface and Discussion Guide by the Author Paperback – Sep 19 2002
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From the Back Cover
Is an impostor robbing you of God's love?We've bought into the lie that we are worthy of God's love only when our lives are going well. If our families are happy or our jobs are meaningful, life is a success. But when life begins to fall through the cracks and embarrassing sins threaten to reveal our less-than-perfect identity, we scramble to keep up a good front to present to the world--and to God. We hide until we can rearrange the mask of perfection. Sadly, it is then that we wonder why we lack intimate relationships and passionate faith.All this time God is calling us to take the mask off and come openly to Him. He longs for us to know in the depth of our being that He loves us and accepts us as we are. When we are our true selves, we can finally claim our identity as God's child--Abba's child--and experience His pure pleasure in who we are. Brennan Manning encourages us to let go of the impostor lifestyle and freely accept our belovedness as a child of the heavenly Father. In Him there is life. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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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.Read more ›
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.
By bringing me to a greater awareness of my brokeness, this book helped me in a struggle with how to be compassionate to those who's lives have been broken - who have been rejected and cast out by family, friends and even the church. Lesson one, whether you believe it or not, you ARE broken - and your sins are not less than anyone elses. This is basic Gospel that is forgotten by many Christians (discerning by our actions).
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This was an amazing book for anyone who is trying to fine out who they really are.Published on July 15 2014 by Francine Owens
This is what we all need - to get away from it all, and spend the solid, intimate time with God. Alone, without distractions! Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2003 by Gregory Nyman
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... Read morePublished on May 20 2002 by Molly S. Paulson
While Brennan Manning is most notably known for his book "Ragamuffin Gospel" this book is Brennan's personal favorite. Read morePublished on April 3 2002 by J.R. Briggs
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 morePublished on March 2 2002 by Steve Gifford
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 morePublished on Feb. 20 2002 by Steve
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. 13 2002