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Self-hatred, low self-esteem, unhealthy guilt and self-pity, according to the author, pose the single largest obstacles in today's world to discovering the love of God in Jesus. In this compelling sequel to The Wisdom of Tenderness, former Franciscan priest Manning (The Ragamuffin Gospel) offers insights into ways that Christians can overcome self-hatred, accept themselves for who they are, and recognize that Jesus loves and values them. According to Manning, the church perpetuates feelings of unworthiness by projecting onto God the image of a punishing father who does not love his children. In addition, by requiring a perfect obedience to the letter of the moral law, the church forms people into Christians who internalize failure and despise themselves when they cannot live up to the church's high moral standards. This self-hatred can be overcome, Manning writes, by a glimpse of Jesus, the "Savior of boundless compassion, unbearable forgiveness, infinite patience and healing love." Such a glimpse of Jesus comes through prayer and silent meditation. Once Christians realize that Jesus accepts them for themselves, they are liberated from self-hatred and are free to love others with the same compassion God has shown them. Manning sharply criticizes evangelists, preachers and priests who induce feelings of self-hatred, and urges Christians to cast their eyes upon Jesus, embracing his love and acceptance. Manning's book offers a radical portrait of discipleship for the modern church.
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Christianity teaches us to hate ourselves, Manning says. He illustrates the point by citing examples of how the religion contributes to a legalistic concept of morality that endows God with the human attributes of vengeance and rejection. Consequently, God has become "an exacting lawgiver, a stern taskmaster," and "the force of the gospel message [is] distorted into something basically threatening." The former Franciscan uses Bible stories to demonstrate Jesus' compassion and how loving God really is versus how we have come to perceive him. Manning asks, "What would the church be like if we erred from an excess of compassion rather than from a stingy and legalistic lack of it?" One outcome, he says, would be more people in church. We cannot, however, be compassionate toward others until we are compassionate toward ourselves. Manning does a good job of pointing Christians in the right direction by giving a glimpse of Jesus' love. But he acknowledges that a glimpse is merely a beginning, one's first step in doing the hard work of compassion by oneself. Donna Chavez
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (June 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060724471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060724474
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brennan Manning is a writer and speaker who leads spiritual retreats for people of all ages and backgrounds. He is the author of more than ten books, including Abba's Child , Ruthless Trust , The Ragamuffin Gospel , and Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes. A resident of New Orleans, he travels extensively in the U.S. and abroad to share the good news of the unconditional love of God.

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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Jason Chua on March 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
I read half of this book in less than an hour, seated at BORDERS. I was absolutely mesmerized by the passion, the honesty, and the integrity of the author. I was at times gripped by compassion, at times almost brought to tears, at times feeling myself smiling broadly, all this because the book is written from the heart, straight to the heart.
Brennan Manning addresses the issues of legalism, religion, and the need for the real love of Christ without holding back any punches. He shows himself as an unashamed, unapologetic defender of the truth, and of all who are downtrodden, alienated and sickened by the self-righteous, law-toting wing of present Christianity. He is fearless in his articulation, bold in his assertions, and deeply, tearfully compassionate in his appeals, so he wins the heart of this here ragamuffin Christian!
His protrayal of Jesus will melt your heart. He supplements his own views with great quotes from many notable Christians, bulking up the integrity of this book.
All in all, this is Brennan Manning at his fieriest best, but it is a fire that stands in defense for all who feel a deep need for a true sense of God's love and who aren't receiving it from the church at large. This is one of the best books on the person of Jesus Christ, as it delves deep into His heart.
If you have been hurt by the church and by legalistic Christianity, then this is a book that will bring healing to your soul. Be assured, this isn't a mushy book on God's love. It is not fluff. It is a strong, clear, articulate presentation of the love of Christ and a passionate argument for the revealing of the true heart of Jesus at the same time. Take along tissue; you may laugh and cry all at once reading this!
Enjoy!
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2003
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This was the right time in my life to pick up this book. I'm just beginning recovery from alcoholism. My sponsor says that "when the student is ready, the teacher appears." And I consider Brennan now one of those special teachers in my life. He speaks from his heart presenting an intimate God who always loves us as we are and seeks to be in fellowship with us. I've never been a very "spiritual" person, but this book has helped to start me on a journey of relationship with God.
The writing is eloquent and personal but not pretentious or boastful. Manning utilizes dozens of images and depictions of Jesus without being preachy or exegetical. He's not concerned with a particular Christological argument or with proving any points. Instead, he helps the reader to join him in considering the awesomeness of God's love and how God can remove our fears, heal our old wounds, and enable us to forgive ourselves. For me right now these are life and death issues, and I'm grateful for this book's guidance.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2003
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This extremely important and absolutely priceless jewel is one of the first to directly address the most pressing spiritual problem of the postmodern age: self-hatred.
We are a generation raised by the TV, the daycare center, the foster half-stepmother. We have not known unconditional love. And we hate ourselves.
Brennan Manning's glimpse of Jesus opens the door to healing. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Works on February 12, 2008
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Troubling dissatisfaction with one's self is a widespread problem for many people in our society. With his ability to "cut to the core" of issues faced by so many Christians, he challenges his readers to see in the life and teachings of Jesus His acceptance and recognition as normal this matter, in such a way as to help anyone leave the sense of guilt and failure behind.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy M. on September 16, 2010
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What a powerful book--as all Brennan Manning's are!!! The degree to which we make peace with the parts of ourselves we dislike/hate, is the degree to which we are able to love others. I want to keep growing in God's unconditional love and be set free from self-hatred and accusation from the enemy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Tuttle on June 9, 2013
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Brennan Manning was such a gift to this world. His book was so helpful in battling self loathing and how to see me as Jesus does.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 4fabfelines VINE VOICE on July 18, 2010
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this book puts into simple loving language that awesome fact that Jesus Loves from a pure simple way. He is not looking at our faults, we do that enough, nor does he find fault with us at all.
He just wants to be our friend and make us a stranger to self hatred.
Very well researched book and has alot of quotes from some of the old masters...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Buterflower on September 18, 2010
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Any Spiritual Study would do well to enclude Brennan Manning's books. The Glimpse of Jesus: The Stranger to Self-Hatred is a World of Help for getting over yourself, getting past your own weaknesses and mistakes or sins. If my thumbs could go to the wild blue yonder, that would be my Thumbs Up.
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