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Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging Paperback – September 5, 2002
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There is a lot more to say about this work, but really it is all summed up in the last sentence. Manning consistently writes eloquently for the masses who are hurting, broken, and need love. He is honest with his own journey and leaves no detail spared of his own personal trials and tribulations. He gives hope to those who might not have any hope, and joy to those who might think they have to be perfect for God to love them. I appreciated the honesty from the author, and the risk he takes in sharing his soul with the reader. Not many authors are willing to do this where it will make a difference, Manning obviously will.
This book is a must read for anyone wondering if anyone cares about what happens in their life, read the book, find out why God loves you. Seems pretty simple to me.
Manning begins by beckoning Christians to come out of hiding, the place to which we retreat out of shame or guilt in the misguided belief that God is berating us as harshly as we are berating ourselves. In that place of hiding, we further nurture our false self, which the author calls "the impostor" --- also the title of the chapter that has generated more responses than all the other chapters combined, Manning writes in the preface to the revised edition. Apparently, it's an image that resonates with a lot of readers.
Our masks, our pretenses, our hypocrisy, our outward displays of saintliness, Manning contends, rob us of the thing we crave the most: intimacy with God the Father. That intimacy is far more attainable than we can possibly imagine as we refuse to come out from hiding and expose our true selves to God, to other people, and most of all, to ourselves. It is only when we shed our false identity and accept the unconditional love of our Abba --- our heavenly "Daddy" --- that we can experience the passionate love relationship with Him that we have long craved.
Manning's gift as an author lies in his often brutal honesty about his own failures.Read more ›
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Incredible book for a morning meditation. I read a chapter or less and then just consider how what was just mentioned jives with my life. If not, why not? Read morePublished 1 day ago by Nancy
Encourage everyone to read this book. It gets at the nuts and bolts of our overarching quest to belong, to have value and to be loved.Published 23 days ago by Lynne T.
If you read any book in your Christian walk, make it this one! Manning is a gifted author. I could have highlighted the whole book. This book speaks to the soul. Read morePublished 23 days ago by emily sophia
No words can describe the value of Manning's writings - the first one is The Ragamuffin Gospel; this one, Abba's child, is the second. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dragonflyfuzz
Brennan Manning is amazing with words. You can feel the Lord working through him by the way he writes. Passionate and real.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
After reading the first chapter I felt so overwhelming loved in God's presence. Each chapter I have grown deeper in my Abba's love. I am still reading it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by California Dreamin
At times straight-forward and simplistic and other times deep and worthy of lasting introspection. Always poignant and meaningful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BP
Brennan Manning never ceases to amaze me. If not his best book, in the top 3Published 1 month ago by Dale Ziglear
This is one of my favorite books. I have read it multiple time and have been giving it away to friends.Published 2 months ago by Keith Reuther