Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging” as Want to Read:
Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  5,266 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
Many Christians feel broken and angry but don't think they can express these real feelings around others--or to God. So we put on a mask to hide our identity. Feelings of embarrassment and shame make us hide from the One who truly loves us. Author Brennan Manning encourages you to let go of this stressful, unreal impostor lifestyle and freely accept your identity as a chil ...more
Paperback, Expanded, 191 pages
Published September 19th 2002 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published 1994)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Abba's Child, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Abba's Child

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Sep 30, 2008 Ilona rated it it was amazing
Maybe i missed something but this book in my opinion deserves a wowzers!
it exposed the imposter within me without beating me into the ground, leaving me helpless fully aware of my wretchedness.
instead it helped me to face myself in the mirror, accept that, & feel DAD's love for me regardless who im staring at in the mirror, & then provided courage to step into the world with the good news.
the need for intimate belonging pushes us to look for it in so many different places & become so
Brian Stevenson
May 14, 2009 Brian Stevenson rated it really liked it
Self-hatred is the dominant malaise crippling Christians and stifling their growth in the Holy Spirit. The cause of self-hatred is disparaging words from family members, moralizing from the church, and pressure to be successful in the world’s eyes. Alcoholism, workaholism, other addictive behaviors, and escalating suicide rates reflect the magnitude of the problem. To complicate things, our self-rejection leads to the creation of a false self (“the imposter”) to protect us against pain. It’s the ...more
Jun 07, 2009 Stevie rated it liked it
Poignant Quotes:

The sorrow of God lies in our fear of Him, our fear of life, and our fear of ourselves.

In my experience, self-hatred is the dominant malaise crippling Christians and stifling their growth in the Holy Spirit.

Often breakdowns lead to breakthroughs.

If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others…but when we dare to live as forgiven men and women, we join the wounded healers and draw closer to Jesus.

Living ou
Jul 29, 2012 Shaun rated it it was amazing
First read, not likey. Second read, AWESOME! At first I felt the book condoned all forms of licentious behavior. Your inner King Baby compels you to commit adultery? That's okay just give ol' King Baby a hug, ask your mate for forgiveness saying "King Baby made me do it" and pray for God's grace and you're good to go! Oh but we're it that simple. It's not. What the book does not speak about is God's holiness and our need for reverence for God. A religious self-help book that speaks of both issue ...more
Nina Donkin
Mar 25, 2013 Nina Donkin rated it it was amazing
I found Abba's Child to be a very thought provoking book. It presents to us a picture of what it can look like for a Christian to truly know the love of our Heavenly Father.

One of the issues presented in the book is how, often, we create an "Imposter" - a false self who we live through, either trying to be accepted by people or trying to hide our sinful nature. But this is not how we are called to live - we are not called to live falsely, in a masquerade of "goodness" - instead we are called to
Oct 30, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
I actually didn't finish this. A dear friend, who is going through a lot of health issues, raved about it and gave me a copy. I'm ashamed that I just could not get into it. All those quotes from various writers in the first chapter was a bit overwhelming. Maybe it's me. I believe the best way to get close to God is to read the Bible, pray, and be aware of the Holy Spirit's constant presence. When I listen and open my heart, the Holy Spirit speaks, whether it be to my heart/mind or in a dream, et ...more
Oct 31, 2013 Dick rated it really liked it
A pastor friend of mine gave me this book to read. I am not sure what prompted it, perhaps he saw something in me that would be helped by reading the book.

If that was his goal, he hit a home run!

I remember the night vividly that I found Christ, really found Him. There were some days after that when I knew my life was different, richer and far better than it had been. I began feeling unworthy and said so in my daily prayer walks. Then one morning when I uttered that word - unworthy - He spoke to
Dec 15, 2010 Debby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abba's Child is a very thought provoking book about what it might look like for a Christian to truly believe and then live life as one dearly and eternally loved by God (our Heavenly Father; our Abba).

I really liked the section about living falsely as The Imposter vs. the truth that as a Christian, it is Christ's life, Chist's love that is to flow through me to others, no matter who they are or in what condition I meet them. He talks a lot about living in the present reality that Christ is slive
Gabriel-paul Israel
Mar 26, 2010 Gabriel-paul Israel rated it it was amazing
I read Brennan's book at a point in my life when I was extremely wounded by religious institution after having an incredible spiritual experience. I was still wounded several months later read Brennan's book because I missed God. As a contemplative, I breathe the name ABBA and the title of the book is what initially caught my eye. As I read the book, I was returning to the ABBA that I once new and was able to return to a new relationship with the ABBA I knew to be God and not the one so oftenly ...more
Jun 24, 2016 Babitix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, popsugar
This book is really good.

My fiance borrowed it to me, because he said it would help me to realize that God loves me, as his daughter, with my sins.

There is no character here, but I'd like to say that I love my "me". She is selfish, angry, but she!
J. Brett Glover
Brennan Manning brings brand new meaning to what it means to be the Beloved. Leaning on classic and influential authors like Henri Nouwen and Thomas Merton, Manning adds his own unique journey to bring readers a fresh, and encouraging perspective on what it means to be a child of God. My favorite chapter was "Come Out of Hiding." Highly recommend this book and this author. He writes from the school of hard knocks, suffering, and pain that leads to an authentic and heart felt conversation of how ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Marie rated it it was amazing
Do you have a background of little to no love as a child and have always been searching for it? Are you a perfectionist with thoughts of I’m just not good enough? This book might be for you.

God’s love (and grace) has nothing to do with not living up to your own or other’s expectations. It is simple in its complexity. It has little, to nothing, to do with you/me and everything to do with the One who forgave every complex bit of ourselves on the cross. We are so wrapped up in what we think is expe
Nov 13, 2015 Don rated it did not like it
We live in a crazy, experience-driven world. This empirical philosophy has crept into the church and is, unfortunately, gaining ground. This has been introduced by droves of pastors and popular authors, none more prolific than Brennan Manning. In the updated version of Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging we have the best, if that can be said, version of his cave-dwelling, mind-emptying, experience-hungry mysticism.
Manning, like his pastoral counterparts, has enjoyed a popul
Sep 07, 2015 Juanita rated it it was amazing
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Tyndale House book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

41C8MaOV3bLAbba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
by Brennan Manning

Abba’s Child enables the r
Jul 15, 2015 James rated it really liked it
Many of the books I review are new (or new to me). I don't often have an opportunity to return to a book that has been personal influential. Abba's Child by Brennan Manning is a book that has been used by God to help me move past pretense to my true self. Manning was at one time a Franciscan priest and a monk who broke his vows to the church. He was also an alcoholic, a compulsive liar and a divorcee. In a lot of ways his resumé disqualified him as a writer on the Spiritual life. Yet I've read f ...more
Nathan Albright
May 31, 2015 Nathan Albright rated it it was amazing
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Tyndale Press/Nav Press in exchange for an honest review.]

It was the title of the book that first drew me to reading it, and then when I got the book I was concerned because I hated the other book I had read from the author with a passion. What is bad theology, though, often springs from the legitimate longings of the heart, and such is the case with this author. To be sure, Brennan Manning lived a complicated life, with a struggle against alcoholi
Feb 07, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
My friend Julie recommended this to me last fall to help me along my "journey of self-discovery." I really appreciated Brennan Manning's insight in the first few chapters. His thoughts on the imposter helped me come to terms with my break up, and were a real turning point in my ability to move on. Toward the end he gets a little too preachy, but given how good the rest of the book is, I will forgive him for the last few chapters.
Jul 26, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
I first read this book as a college student around the time of my father's sudden death. The message of being Abba's child, that my Heavenly Father was there loving me fully and completely, came through loud and clear during a very difficult time. I have since reread this, or parts of it, several times. This book is a treasure and my favorite of Manning's.
Jun 21, 2015 Ainsley rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
The right book at the right time for me.

Getting friendly with the impostor within as well as the little girl inside me, practicing letting God love me and living as the Beloved, believing "my Abba is quite fond of me"...all these things would've felt too woo-woo for me at one point. Now I'm all in. Right now, I'm pretty much only interested in those who share from transformative, authentic, and relentlessly practical experiences with brokenness, relationships with real people, and with a God wh
Apr 26, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing
Great book to read when struggling with understanding how we relate to God and how God relates to us. The book helped undo some of the fundamental do's and dont's of religion and helped me understand grace.
Aug 07, 2012 Thomas rated it it was amazing
Frist book of his I read, the year was 1997 it was a gift to me by my mentor Dave Rodriguez
I have re-read it a few times.
Joy Lenton
May 03, 2016 Joy Lenton rated it it was amazing
Brennan Manning's work is sublime. He has a real knack for getting to the heart of the matter in such a moving way. Somehow, I seem to have missed reading this classic book in his collection. And then it came to me just when I needed it. God was whispering His fierce love for me, pleading that my insecure heart finally paid attention to it.
When I first came to faith, I was overwhelmed by God's unconditional love for me. Then along the way, I bought into the lie that I had to try to earn it. How
Oct 15, 2009 Blake rated it really liked it
Once again, another very influential book in my life that helped me get through my divorce.
Nov 06, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it
Vintage Manning.
Jeremy Wetherell
Oct 06, 2014 Jeremy Wetherell rated it it was amazing
This book has been trans-formative for me as a powerful reminder of the heart of God toward's me. The "Abba experience" cannot be overlooked in the Christian life.

At the end of the day, all we are is just a bunch of bedraggled 5 year-olds with an absolutely incredible Daddy!

Getting over job loss and addictions to cope, it has been the love of God that I needed to hear in my shame. His love changed my life because its undeserved and frees me from the tyranny and harshness towards myself. Only in
Todd Wilhelm
Jun 16, 2013 Todd Wilhelm rated it it was amazing
Another great read by Brennan Manning. The man speaks to my heart!

“Looking at Jesus through the prism of Johannine values offers unique insight into the priorities of discipleship. One’s personal relationship with Christ towers over every other consideration. What establishes preeminence in the Christian community is not apostleship or ecclesiastical office, nor titles or territory, not the charismatic gifts of tongues, healing, prophecy, or inspired preaching, but only our response to Jesus’ qu
Georgia Herod
Oct 18, 2015 Georgia Herod rated it it was amazing
Brennan Manning's dominant theme is that God longs for us to know deep in our hearts that He loves and accepts us just as we are. God declares, “This is my Beloved, Abba’s child, in whom Christ dwells and delights.” His message is “that sin has a greater grip than we realize on our hearts, and that God loves us far more than we realize.” This definitely goes on my reread stack! It contains truth I need to internalize.
I've really been failing at my goal of reading and REVIEWING 52 books this year, so this review is written way after I read this book, and will hopefully be an accurate summary of my thoughts on this book. :)

Brennan Manning is a passionate writer who includes pieces of his own story with vulnerability, even when they don't reflect well on him. I appreciate that authenticity very much. This book is mostly about allowing God to determine our identity, rather that controlling it ourselves. This is
Vaughn Bender
Mar 10, 2015 Vaughn Bender rated it it was amazing
Another great book of his collection that describes a clearer image of God and developing a healthy and a real alive growing relationship with our creator/saviour. This book can also be used in a group setting with questions in the back for discussion. This was my 4th book I read of Mr. Mannings and each one of his books no matter which one you read first, really reinforces what he says about a true real authentic passionate love affair with our God. A very good read. I find that reading a chapt ...more
Shelly Hendricks
Jul 09, 2015 Shelly Hendricks rated it it was amazing
This marvelous book tells the story of the unrelenting love of a Father for His treasured child. That child is you. Brennan Manning has such an in-depth and complex understanding of the relationship God longs for with His children. He explains it in a way that is unmistakable and inescapable.

This is a beautiful love story of each of us, just as we are. I'm happy to recommend it.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Snippets That Ins...: Amazing Grace? 1 2 Mar 19, 2016 03:08PM  
  • Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home
  • The Inner Voice of Love
  • True Faced: Trust God and Others with Who You Really Are
  • Surrender to Love: Discovering the Heart of Christian Spirituality
  • Renovation of the Heart
  • Messy Spirituality: God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People
  • The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath
  • The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We Always Dreamed of
  • To Be Told: Know Your Story, Shape Your Future
  • The Bible Jesus Read
  • Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ
  • Rich Mullins: A Devotional Biography: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven
  • Inside Out
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
More about Brennan Manning...

Share This Book

“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.” 374 likes
“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” 373 likes
More quotes…