This testament to God's tenderness is a modern-day epistle to churches, though its core message is sometimes obscured by the author's personal issues with the institution. Manning, a retreat leader and author who married after leaving a religious community in which he had been a priest, is openly critical of churches and leaders that have failed to reflect and transmit the tenderness of God. Because of this, his words can be harsh, perhaps by prophetic necessity, but this tone sometimes detracts from the tenderness of which he speaks. Manning came to write on the subject when, after an extended time of silence spent in the Allegheny Mountains in western Pennsylvania, he heard a single phrase in his head and heart: "Live in the wisdom of accepted tenderness." In elaborating on this inner directive, he draws on a wide range of sources, including Daniel Berrigan, Ken Keyes and C.S. Lewis, giving his work an ecumenical flavor. He is most effective, however, when he uses his own life as illustration, relating how alcoholism made him keenly aware of God's tenderness and mercy. Manning writes for the individual and the institution, and both will benefit from listening to his words. Especially those who long to hear more about divine mercy from the pulpit and see it reflected in their leaders and institutions will welcome his brief treatise.
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The author of ten books, including The Ragamuffin Gospel, Manning examines the transformative possibilities of sin and pain and how they compel us through suffering to find our way to spiritual maturity and ultimately to the quality Manning calls tenderness. This book, like Daniel Lanahan's recent When God Says No: The Mystery of Suffering and the Dynamics of Prayer, is well suited to the present moment and should find a broad and appreciative audience. For most collections.
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A wonderful book--both reassuring us of God's love and challenging us to live out that love to ourselves and all our neighbors.Published 19 hours ago by Marilyn G. Williams
Every Spirit filled Evangelical should read this carefully!Published 6 months ago by Steven M. Minnich
Easy to read but will go straight to your heart. If you have ever wondered if you were worthy of the love of God, read this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by kat jose
I loved this book! There were some choice paragraphs and turns of phrase that I returned to again and again. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amos Smith
Brennan Manning has a wonderful grasp on the tenacious love of God and his eternal willingness to forgive and believe in us.Published 17 months ago by Patricia Collins