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About the Author

Brennan Manning has spent the past forty years helping others experience the reality of God's love and grace. It's at the heart of everything he's written and done. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his spiritual journey has taken him down a variety of paths. He has taught seminarians, spoken to packed arenas, lived in a cave in Spain where he labored with the poor, and ministered to shrimpers in Alabama. Brennan is best known as the author of the contemporary classics The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba's Child, Ruthless Trust, and The Importance of Being Foolish.

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Dan Cushman authentically interprets Brennan Manning's inspiring autobiographical message of God's fierce love for His children. He makes especially believable Manning's comparison of the awesome and majestic forces of nature to God's pursuit of His children. With empathy and clarity, Cashman powerfully characterizes Manning's description of himself as a recovering alcoholic, a divorcé, a Catholic priest, and a sinner. Before Manning's return to the Father, Cashman interprets what Manning calls the "how and why" of those earlier situations and captures the tension of the complex passage that led Manning to an intimate and personal knowledge of God's love. This work showcases the limitless efforts of God to reach out to a lost child with a Father's love. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434767507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434767509
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,812 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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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By scesq VINE VOICE on February 8, 2009
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I don't agree with everything Brennan Manning has to say in this book but I enjoyed the way he said it. Manning pulls no punches, whether telling what it was like to be kicked by a woman when he was an alcoholic, explaining his regret over ignoring a poor woman who wanted to speak to him when he was talking to some millionaire friends or railing against those nice Christians who live moral lives and go to church every week but who fail to see that "[T]he gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creations."

Manning uses examples from his life, from scripture and from literature (including Don Quixote) to make his point. At the end of each chapter is a "consider this" section where the reader is given two points to consider.

I am sure that a book like this will cause different people to feel and understand different things. As a result I am leery of stating what Manning is saying about anything unless I limit it to my understanding because I am sure others will feel differently.

What I got from this book is that Manning's message is that God loves us. In fact he explains that the genesis of this book is a passage from the Song of Songs that he has prayed for the past 30 years. "I AM MY BELOVED'S, AND HIS DESIRE IS FOR ME" (7:10). Manning's message is that fully grasping that love and loving God back can change lives.

My one complaint is that while the book reads well, I wish Manning would explain things more. Some chapters are as short as four pages (while one was 27 pages) and I was left wanting more.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Blundell on May 14, 2009
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I am my beloved's and his desire is for me.
(song of solomon 7:10)

Imagine if this was you story... an alcoholic, Catholic, ex-Catholic, and then Catholic again, former priest, divorcee and a sinner saved by grace.

What would you write about?

I'd hope no matter how many stories you told and no matter how many books you wrote, you'd always go back to reminding folks about God's Amazing Grace. It's "the larger and more important story. Only God, in His fury, knows the whole of it."

Brennan Manning writes in his latest offering:

In my forty-four years of ministry, the furious love of God has been the dominant theme of my life. I've varied with titles such as Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba's Child and The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus, but they are all facets of the same gem: that the shattering truth of the transcendent God seeking intimacy with us is not well served by gauzy sentimentality, schmaltz, or a naked appeal to emotion, but rather in the boiling bouillabaisse of shock bordering on disbelief, wonder akin to incredulity, and the affectionate awe tinged by doubt.

I've been surprised to read some of the reviews of Manning's latest book, "The Furious Longing of God." Many seem to think its a book just for the downtrodden, those with low self-esteem, those who need a pick-me-up. But I'm certain we all need reminders of God's furious love for each of us - each and every day.

We all need to be reminded that the living God is passionate and furious longing to have an intimate loving relationship with each of us. It's no wonder that Jesus and Scripture often refer to the relationship between God and man as similar to the relationship between a groom and his bride. It's a union.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kear VINE VOICE on January 27, 2009
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This beautifully written little book by the author of The Ragamuffin Gospel is a poetic look into the heart of God. Manning is not interested in the "domesticated, feel-good Jesus of TV evangelism, who is committed to our financial prosperity," but introduces us to "the Christ of John's gospel who has made His home in us" and "invites us to walk with Him daily in humble service even unto death." (p. 69). He looks deeply into prayer, healing, and our union with the God whose furious longing will only be quenched by our being consumed in the fire of His love.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Kenney on November 18, 2011
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I have been fortunate enough to see Brennan Manning live a few times and have enjoyed him very much, And while I was excited to pick this book up and read it, I had no idea what to expect from Manning as an author.

The Furious Longing of God

I don't know what it was - but I just could not get excited about the book. Mr. Manning writes a little bit like a theologian and a little bit like an existential beat poet. His chapters are short and are pretty easy to get through, but each sentence is so richly crafted that if you're not careful, you can read an entire page and then - STOP - and ask. "What did I just read?" I don't mind big words when they are in doctrinal papers and systematic research, but when they are trying to be artsy and "deep" ... my mind will just drift away.

And even after reading it, I don't recall much what it was about. Don't get me wrong, at times I remember enjoying the book, even thinking to myself how I could totally use that idea in a sermon or two.. it's just... I don't know.. it wasn't my "type" of book.

I think Manning was trying to write about how much God loves us (his children) but that point for me kept drifting away every time the author started talking about himself.

I don't know how much I would recommend it, I'd say pick up Raggamuffin first if you have never read him.
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