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Boy Who Cried Abba
From the beloved author of The Ragamuffin Gospel comes a book for anyone who has ever felt left out, lonely, or worthless. The Boy Who Cried Abba is the heartwarming parable of Willie Juan, orphaned, physically disabled, and friendless. Into his lonely life comes Jesus in the guise of the wise and mysterious Medicine Man, and Willie Juan is changed forever. Through his fri ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published July 18th 2001 by Page Mill Press
(first published May 1st 1996)
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I have been looking all over the Internet to see if anyone has discussed the similarities between Manning's The Boy Who Cried Abba (orig. 1996) and Thomas Klise's classic The Last Western (1974). Both novels share a young, red-headed, implausibly multiracial protagonist named Willie who grows up in Mexico/New Mexico. In both, Willie's father is a migrant worker and his grandmother is a wise woman named either Cool Dawn or Calm Sunset. In both, Willie attempts to offer a drink of water to a paint ...more
I found this book a little on the simple side. That is not a bad thing, but it left me wanting more. Which is great, because it led me to read, Abba's Child. Anyway: this book, like the other Brennan Manning books I've read, has the power to change your life. Read it if you want your life to change. But only if you're prepared to allow Jesus to make the changes he wants, as opposed to the changes you think you want.
May 21, 2009 Connie rated it liked it
A teased, abused crippled boy finds unconditional love in his grandmother and in the Medicine Man, who helps him to forgive, accept himself, love the Medicine Man above all else and find a life transformed into joy.
Richard Francis Xavier Manning, known as Brennan Manning (April 27, 1934 – April 12, 2013)was an American author, friar, priest, contemplative and speaker.Born and raised in Depression-era New York City, Manning finished high school, enlisted in the US Marine Corps, and fought in the Korean War. After returning to the United States, he enrolled at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. ...moreMore about Brennan Manning...