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Boy Who Cried Abba

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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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May 29, 2013 Chara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 01, 2012 Joel rated it really liked it
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
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Feb 01, 2011 Ben B rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Jul 20, 2007 Eben rated it really liked it
excellent parable. I saw Manning speak, and he used illustrations from this book. His personal trials really shine through this parable. It is well worth the purchase and time to read it!
May 04, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful little book about the power of faith and learning to love yourself as Jesus does. It's a super quick read and I would recommend it and read it again.
Apr 13, 2016 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Delightful, very quick read. This was the first Brennan Manning book I ever read after being introduced to his writing while on a mission trip in Austria. Great parable!
May 11, 2012 Alden rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story. We all carry the hurt and brokenness of the boy and can find that same kind of love from our Abba.
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Sep 17, 2011 Tracy Brown rated it it was amazing
One of my altime favorite books
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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. ...more
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