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5.0 out of 5 stars Draws one into the Mystery of the Gospel, May 16, 1999
This review is from: Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging (Paperback)
After years of having evangelical education crammed into my head, Abba's Child is a book which challenges what I say I know and believe. Manning's honesty about the terrible sin problem all born-again sinners are acquainted with rings true to the Apostle Paul's lament "the things I wish to do, I do not (and vice versa)". But, instead of talking us out of our bad feelings about our condition, Manning challenges us to begin the journey of intimacy with the God Paul also teaches us is named Abba. Far from the typical modern Christian books which skim the surface of the human experience, Abba's Child is a primer for those who quietly realize that the Christian faith is much more than a call to a system of belief of Absolute Truths-----and that it is a call to the most important Relationship of our lives, that with our utterly "Other" God. Evangelical friends who presently are teaching, studying and ministering at Yale and Cambridge (UK) have thanked me over and over for giving them this book, both saying they must read it over and over----a life changing book! If you are squeamish in thinking God the Father's name is "Daddy", and that he longs for you to address and know him as such, this book probably will make you uncomfortable. If you have arrived at the exhaustion of modernity in the American evangelical experience, this book will remind you that the Gospel is a relationship, not a "plan of salvation" to know, memorize and regurgitate. Great reading for worn-out evangelicals!
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Initial post: Dec 1, 2011 8:55:03 AM PST
I totally agree with Pamela J. Bush. Thank you for succinctly describing this book. I am on here to purchase 12 or more copies for my closest people to read and understand RELATIONSHIP WITH ALMIGHTY. He has helped me soooo much, this Brennan Manning. AT 60 years of age and a Christian University graduate with a major in Christian Ministries...... I am what Pamela refers to as a worn-out evangelical in need of this honest appraisal of what life can become within our evangelical Christian experience.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 11:53:38 AM PST
Schneido says:
Amen to Pamela.The last line in your review is awesome

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 7:50:29 PM PST
Thanks Gwen and Schneido for your encouragement! Pamela

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 5:18:43 AM PDT
Katiepapa says:
His ego is now in total control

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2014 1:51:20 PM PST
Not sure what you mean by this. I am assuming you mean he is now present with the Lord? Brennan made no secret of his struggles with ego, unlike a lot of evangelicals. What's the point of criticizing him now?
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