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The Furious Longing of God Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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By integrating Scripture and writings from several philosophers (and Shel Silverstein!), he explains the true meaning of Christian faith to me. Jesus becomes a regular guy instead of someone whose wrath is to be feared. Some might consider the idea of Jesus as a surfer dude, someone to hang with, someone who talks in my vernacular to be blasphemous. On the contrary; I love this Jesus, and most important, he loves me, warts and all. Framed on my bedside table are the following words: "Abba, I belong to you." and "I am my beloved's and His desire is for me." For anyone struggling with becoming a better Christian, a more God-like person, Brennen Manning convinced me that Jesus loves me just as I am. What a comforting thought, that carries unintended consequences of striving harder to be a true Christian who walks in Jesus's love.
I think this part of the FOREWORD tells it all. "Remember, the Father desires to say something to YOU in these pages. Such is His furious affection for YOU. Such is His love for YOU." He builds on his key biblical text, Song of Solomon 7:10: "I am my beloved's, and his desire is for me." That is the Father's desire for each of us. It is His "furious longing."
I found myself going deeper -- and deeper -- into the feeling and knowing that God loves me without any reservations. He wants to unite with me and me to unite with Him. "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me." (Galatians 2:20). YES! As I read this book, and plan to re-read it many times, that is the union both my Father and I desire.
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