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About the Author

Frank Manno has pastored, planted, and served as a consultant with churches in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Idaho. He's also written for the Brooklyn Graphic and Philadelphia Daily News. He and Janet were married in 1989 and live in a home owned by their rambunctious rescue pup, Whitney. Frank enjoys playing guitar (as well as other instruments) and though visually impaired, loves photography!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: WestBowPress (August 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449764797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449764791
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,014,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent book--a heartfelt and timely reminder of what being a Christian is really all about. For those of us who too often get caught up in externalities, the author helps bring us back to focus on a relationship with Christ as the center of faith. Well written and reasoned, in an engaging style.
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Without dismissing the benefit of community or Church-based worship, Pastor Manno presents clear, bible-based reasoning to free ones self from the dogma of formal religion and its cultural expectations and instead, establishing a direct relationship with Christ. The message in this book will resonate among church leaders as well as both practicing and non practicing Christians. Pastor Manno's writing style is clear and lively and the delivery of his message is realistic and in tune with the current challenges every individual Christian faces in today's society. Read this book !
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The author writes an easy to read and very indentifiable book for those of us who, at least once if not more in our walk have gotten complacent. This book will speak and enlighten your spirit to again realize the price that was paid for salvation and the promises that were made. It will reach into the depths of your soul and make you deal with the truth of the relationship God wants with his people. The author uses his own life experiences as examples of how we all tend to get on the train and just ride it out. It awakens your spirit and sets your heart on fire to live the life we were meant to live. A MUST read for all new or long time believers. It will feed your mind with spirtual nourishment at such an affordable price. You will be lending it out after you read it. Trust me or better yet trust what this fine writing says to you.
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"Spiritual Sobriety" is a very important book, in my opinion, on several levels. First, author Frank Manno provides a very personal journey that had led him to worship on deeper levels of faith as he has evolved and grown as a man, and a follower of God. It also breaks down what he calls "Cultural Christianity" and the pitfalls of following the filtered forms of "pop culture values" religion. But perhaps most importantly, he frames and writes about relationships with God in honest, forthright ways that make it possible for both true believers and skeptics alike to accept the challenges presented by religion and then go forth as a better person.

I read something recently in an interview with Manno that really got to the heart of this marvelous meditation. When asked for his favorite Bible passage, Manno responded: "A new one that means a lot to me: 1 John 4:9-11:
"By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."
What a tremendous passage! There are so many beautiful and profound concepts packed into those few, short verses. Think about:
- God loves us!
- He expressed His love by sending Jesus into the world.
- God has given us eternal life though Jesus.
- God loves us before we ever loved Him.
- Jesus paid for our sins.
- We ought to love one another.
Just think if people could live by that tiny passage alone. We would receive God's love and salvation and, at the same time, love others with that divine depth of amazing love! Spiritual sobriety is a beautiful thing!"

Those basic tenets are what Manno celebrates and makes sense of in "Spiritual Sobriety" - in a thoughtful, meaningful tone that is as welcoming and engaged as it is knowledgeable.
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...this is the book for you! Whether a baby Christian or more mature Christian, this book gets our eyes (re)focused firmly on Jesus. Developing a relationship with Jesus is much more important than getting sidetracked with rituals and traditions. This book changed my walk and I would certainly put it right up there with Experiencing God by H. Blackaby. In Spiritual Sobriety, there is truth that can transform a ho-hum Christian life into a vibrant relationship with our Savior. Told in an easy to understand way, Manno has the gift of speaking from his heart, which is evident in his writing. By the way, this book makes a wonderful group study!
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Whether you are a Christian or just someone interested in Christianity, you will find this book to be a powerful expose on religion. It examines the nature of "Cultural Christianity" and how that contrasts with being a true disciple of Christ. Author Frank Manno does not merely pontificate; he uses solid scriptural references to make his points and relates them to the growing movement of modern Christianity that does not always adhere to the strict messages in the Bible.
This book will open your eyes to the true, sometimes shocking, but always loving nature of being a real Christian.
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