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Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging Expanded Edition: New Preface and Discussion Guide by the Author

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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
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Published November 6th 2009 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published 1994)
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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
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
Brian Stevenson
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
Nina Donkin
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
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
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
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
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
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
[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
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.
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
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.
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.
Once again, another very influential book in my life that helped me get through my divorce.
Jeremy Wetherell
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
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
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
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
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.
joe kim
Tender, academic, integrative. Manning weaves together the arenas of psychology, biblical theology, and spirituality, with a deep concern to address humanity's broken sense of self, rejected identity, and religious tendencies towards legalistic-rule-based-spirituality. His writing style may be hard to get used to at first; it was for me. But after you pass the hump of his intellectual style, the heart of his book is powerful. Absolutely a must read for those hungering for a deeper Christian spir ...more
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.
Todd  Capen
A beautiful memoir of personal reflection that funtions like a spiritual theology. It is a fantastic read and best read slowing with pen in hand. I was taken in line by line and found Manning's understanding of our Heavenly Father's love to be profound and exposing the places within us we rarely admit are there. This book brought me into a profound understanding of God's pursuing love for sinners.
Gabriel-paul Israel
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
Bob Flores
Absolutely amazing! I love Brennan Manning and especially the Ragmuffin Gospel, but this book touched my heart in a deep way. Every page was filled with nuggets of wisdom and life. There were many places where my eyes filled with tears and I said more than once "this guy knows my heart." Highly recommended!
I pulled a lot out of this book. Especially about how much He loves us just the way we are, even if we don't always love ourselves or if others don't love us. The way to tap into that love is through our time with Him not trying to please other people or blame others for our failings.
Mar 23, 2011 Lori rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are tired of religious rhetoric and looking for more
Shelves: faith-building, 2011
Wow! I thought I had read Brennan Manning before, I suppose because I know so many who have referred to so much of his work, but this was my first experience with reading his work in person. Wow! I listened to this one first, but kept re-winding and wanting to savor more of what he said, so I went out and found a used copy so that I can underline and ponder it more in depth. It was an excellent listen, initially and can easily be listened to in segments. I thought the narrator captured just the ...more
May 28, 2015 Olivia is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The concept of unconditional love goes questioned overtly and covertly by every mind. it is such an abstract concept that baffles minds and transforms hearts. Manning glimpses it in the pages of his book as he draws the reader straight into Abba's arms.
Rob Petersen
This is Manning at his best. In Abba's Child, he takes the reader through a path to authenticity, with the premise that authenticity is the means by which we can truly enter into the presence of God and rest in his love. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with being real or feeling God's love.
A wonderful and inspiring read by one of the best modern Christian authors. God's love is made clear, unambiguous and real through the words of this gifted author.

It’s a book to be taken slowly, savouring each paragraph, absorbing the wisdom and letting go of the false images and ideas we so often cling to. It’s written from a strongly Christian perspective, of course; but I would recommend this to anyone exploring the faith as well as those who have been committed to God for years. Too often C
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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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“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.” 327 likes
“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” 322 likes
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