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Fifteen Faces of God: A Quest to Know God Through the Parables of Jesus Hardcover – March 16, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Religion; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385531613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385531610
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“There are times in our lives, and especially in the life of our country, when we are all enduring unusual stress.  At such times, there are special gifts that come along which provide a glimmer of hope, of comfort, of strength, in the realization that, even though times are bleak, there is reason to hope.  One of those gifts is a little book entitled, Fifteen Faces of God, by Michael Manning.  He is a gifted writer and has the gentle ability to reach into the human heart, especially the hurting heart, and bring comfort and healing and hope, a hope that comes from the reality that God is nearby.”
– Father Joseph F. Girzone, author of Joshua: A Parable for Today and Jesus: A New Understanding of God’s Love

“Michael Manning reveals the stories of Jesus as ones which highlight the activity of God in our everyday lives.  Through Manning's expert guidance we see the many faces of God that we encounter each day but sometimes miss.  We are in Manning's debt for lowering the Divine veil and making God's presence more accessible.”      
– Father Edward L. Beck, author of God Underneath, ABC News Contributor   

“Jesus is the face of God turned toward us. In these reflections on fifteen Gospel parables, Michael Manning gives us a glimpse of how Jesus himself saw the face of the One he called Father. Ponder these pages and behold the luminous traces of the God who is toward us, for us, with us, and in us.”
– His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles 

“In Michael Manning's Fifteen Faces of God, I had hoped to see Christ's parables in new, challenging, encouraging ways and I did.  But then something even more wonderful happened: as I reflected on each brief chapter's questions, I found that as I was seeking to better know God, He was asking me if I really knew who I was eyes and what would be possible if I embraced His parables more fully.  This book is a gentle companion in tough world.”
– Robert J. Wicks, Psy.D., author of Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fullness of Life
 
“Just as Jesus was a master storyteller, Father Michael Manning is a skilled interpretor of the parables, adept at translating the wisdom, insight, and love that lives at their core.”
– Therese Borchard, author of Beyond Blue on Beliefnet.com
 
“What a gift Father Manning gives us in his book Fifteen Faces of God. This is a book for everyone who wants to hear and see the parables in a fresh way and so recapture who God can be for them on their journey of faith.”
– Father Dominic G. Grassi, co-author of Living the Mass: How One Hour a Week Can Change Your Life
 
“In Fifteen Faces of God, Father Michael Manning interprets key parables of Jesus for contemporary readers. By bringing these ancient stories to new life, Manning invites us to recognize God as ever-loving and ever-present – here and now. His engaging commentary, prayers for reflection and questions for discussion are firmly grounded in today’s realities. Great for individuals as well as scripture study groups.”
– Meredith Gould, Ph.D., author of The Catholic Home and Why Is There a Menorah on the Altar?
 

About the Author

MICHAEL MANNING is a Catholic priest who has served as high school teacher, vocation director, provincial, prison chaplain, and pastor. He is a popular speaker at parish missions, conventions, and international retreats and is the founder and president of Wordnet Productions. His program, The Word in the World, is seen weekly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. He is also the host of the daily iPhone app commissioned by the Vatican Observatory Foundation, Daily Sermonettes. Each sermonette is a five minute video with scripture teachings and commentary from Michael Manning. To learn more about this app visit www.DailySermonettes.com. To learn more about Michael Manning, visit www.wordnet.tv.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Hall on June 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When I read Fifteen Faces Of God I felt spiritually renewed and uplifted with each page that I turned. I felt closer to God. I felt unconditionally loved and deeply accepted by him. I didn't realized how much I struggled with accepting God's love, forgiveness and acceptance until I read this book. I am not a catholic and thought that since this book was written by a Priest it would be heavy on catholicism and such but that is NOT the case. This book speaks on God and the different ways he reveals himself to us. A very encouraging and enlightening book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darleen Herriman on August 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is enjoyable, easy to read and spoke to my heart. The insight of Michael Manning is amazing.....and inspiring!
I have actually used chapters in this book as my morning devotion. Looking at the parables from different angles opened my eyes to see and understand God in varied-more expanded- light.
This book speaks to ALL people of all faiths.
I have purchased several copies for friends who are at all different stages in life.
Everyone is blessed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Talega on July 31, 2010
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In the Fifteen Faces of God, Father Mike goes over parables and shows us how these were used to make a point. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on forgiving. It is important that we be able to forgive ourselves. The questions at the end of each chapter allow us to think about what we have read. Most books don't ask us to think. It's worth the read.
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By marymorstan on February 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I was so prepared to like and to study this book, but chapter after chapter I found myself disappointed. Fr Manning is an enthusiastic communicator, but I found his insights into the parables to be trite and superficial (eg, his reflections on the parable of The Good Samaritan were only about racial bigotry. Since the 1960's this has been preached extensively in connection with this parable. There was nothing from Fr Manning about how his insights differed from interpretations of earlier writers, such as the Fathers of the Church.) The premise of the book is so enticing--to know God better-- that I hope Fr Manning expands and deepens his reflections.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on February 18, 2011
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