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The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus Paperback – February 1, 2004
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Is God a wrathful judge? A gentle healer? A father? Brother? Friend?
In The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus, Brennan Manning brings you to a deeper understanding of the true nature of God. Through poignant and unforgettable stories and challenging observations, Manning helps you stretch your mind and reject simplistic explanations of who God really is. With rich insights you'll see how God can at once be a roaring lion, pacing the globe and seeking you out; and simultaneously a tender lamb, there to comfort you in any time of need.
A unique experience, this book will forever change the way you think about God.
"As I read these honest, grace-saturated, humbly iconoclastic, distinctly un-sugarcoated but still somehow gentle words, I could taste familiar water, living water that only people who are thirsty for life can enjoy. Read it--and hope again!"
--from the foreword by Larry Crabb
Brennan Manning is a former Franciscan priest and author of a dozen books including the best-selling The Ragamuffin Gospel. He has lived a faithful life of service to others and to God and shares his intellect and love through the words found in this book.
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Top Customer Reviews
Manning does a masterful job of describing the personality of Jesus and our relationship to him. He had a background as a writer as well, so his writing style is really a joy to read. (much better than my writing style (that is to say I have none) see my book Christ Through Me at ChristThroughMe.com for evidence) You can definitely tell that He has a lot of wisdom and experience in His spiritual walk.
This book really focuses on the love and (obviously) tenderness of Jesus. Something that I don't think many Christians understand and would do good to read about!
Another thing that I liked about this book was the short exercises at the end of each chapter. To get the most out of it, remember to follow along with the exercises as He suggests in the beginning of the book!
While it's true that there was some additional information added, I felt a bit cheated, after all, I got this book as a Fathers Day gift but I really didn't need it, I already had ?Lion and Lamb? in my collection. Oh well.
Ok, the book, whether we are talking about the current title, or the former, is a good insight into the burning desire the Father has for His children. You and me. Brennan Manning has a way of getting across the fact, over and over again, that God truly and deeply loves us, wants to be close to us, wants to be an intimate part of our daily lives.
There are several chapters here on the true meaning of Christmas. What the baby Jesus really means. What it really means to look at the Christ.
Brennan hits home on many things he says. You won't really read this book without stopping to ask yourself ?Why?? and ?How?? and then thinking it's all impossible at the same time noticing a bit of faith growing and sprouting.
To be fair I must review the writing and style not just the content. It isn't always easy reading, the author, in my opinion, tends to ramble a bit and he doesn't bother to make easy chapter and paragraph breaks and headers. I often get lost in reading his books. To be totally honest, I never finished ?Lion and Lamb?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't like what the author wrote.....he doesn't really understand the gospel.Published 4 months ago by blessed vrm
I will read it over and over again-- God will use it to teach me, mold me and hopefully help me be more like Jesus-- and I'll need this wisdom for the rest of my life--Published 9 months ago by Suzan Braun
This book had too many markings in the first couple chapters to be considered very good. I am disappointed in the condition of the book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by lhtudor50
I always enjoy the kindness and clarity with which Manning writes. It was good to revisit this book....such a sweet reminder of the love and tenderness of Jesus.Published 21 months ago by T. Walker
The author does a very good job of relating the tenderness of Jesus and His love for each of us. He also applies it to our lives in very practical ways.Published 22 months ago by SKBiles