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The Furious Longing of God Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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The Furious Longing of God is the latest tour de force from beloved author and ragamuffin, Brennan Manning. Hold on tight as you discover the most powerful force in the universe: God's furious longing for you. There is nowhere God won't go to find us. No country too distant. No terrain too treacherous. No risk too great. It is a Father's search for His lost son, His lost daughter. And there are no boundaries to where His love will take Him in order to find us, embrace us, and carry us home! --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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.Read more ›
(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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful book! If you are familiar with Brennan Manning, you will love it. If you don't know his works, you will get to know his style well through this writing. Read morePublished 16 days ago by C. Burlin
I can't say enough good things about this Holy Spirit filled book. It changed the way I see myself . I see myself more the way my Heavenly Father sees me. Read morePublished 17 days ago by melinda a goodman
I'm not quite through this book and am using this book as a type of devotional (after having read many others several times such as My Utmost for His Highest, Streams in the... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Ian C. Taylor
I highlighted and wept through the whole last chapter. Brennan reveals Abba heart here. If you read this book get ready to fall into silent wonder...Published 1 month ago by O.B.1
- quick and easy to read
- each chapter will make you think deeply about what you have believed about God up until now
- God's love has never been portrayed to me in a... Read more
This is a book to read over and over! I must share this with others. I have friends who are retiring, graduating, getting married, having babies...all of them need this book! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joann Backus Wright