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The Furious Longing of God

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  3,665 ratings  ·  305 reviews
Imagine a stormy day at sea, your ship yielding to a relentless wind, pummeled by crashing waves, subject to the awesome force of nature. A force that is both fierce and majestic. A power that is nothing short of furious.


Such is God's intense, consuming love for His children. It's a love that knows no limits, and no boundaries. A love that will go to any lengths, and take
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Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by David C Cook (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jim
May 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Having read some other works by Manning, I will start off by saying that this book is very similar in theme to his previous works. Manning’s essential message is the same: God loves you, and if you have to tack on any thing else to that statement then you haven’t quite gotten the gospel message.

Manning’s work is a challenge because we all have a tendency to tack on other things to that basic message. We say: “God loves you BUT…”, “God loves you WHEN”, or “IF you…THEN God will love you.” Far too
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Bart Breen
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Stirring and Focusing Read

Brennan Manning has written a provocative little devotional that will likely comfort the afflicated while afflicting the comfortable. This is a series of short devotional thoughts that should provide fodder for the thoughtful Christian to ruminate over continually.

Brennan is known by manner for his honest stream of consciousness type writing and he doesn't disappoint here. Whether tying the love of God and Christ as evidenced upon the cross back the the furious
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Katie Casey
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great inspiring book from one of my favorite authors!

Here's what is most sticking with me right now:

"Is your own personal prayer life characterized by the simplicity, childlike candor, boundless trust, and easy familiarity of a little one crawling up in Daddy's lap? An assured knowing that the daddy doesn't care if the child falls asleep, starts playing with toys, or even starts chatting with little friends, because the daddy knows the child has essentially chosen to be with him for that moment?
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Sheila
Thought provoking, and well written. This book has made me want to investigate other books by this author, probably starting with The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out. I love the authors honesty about himself and his own failings, his lack of self righteousness, and his belief in the gospel of love.
Robin
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Brennan Manning’s recurring theme throughout his 44-year ministry has been that of God seeking intimacy with us. As experienced by Mr. Manning, a recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, that message of grace and love was developed in his earlier books, including The Ragamuffin Gospel.
This newest and very small volume is a sort of love story for the brokenhearted, recounting the tender yet tenacious love of God pursuing us, especially those who feel they can never measure up. It is a
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Jeff
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Words Elude Me. Wow. I really wish I had read this book years ago. Truly one of the best "Christian thinking" books I have ever read, and so very quotable.
Samuel Kordik
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The number of highlights in a book is a good indicator for how much it hits my deep parts, for how profound or forceful I find it. The Furious Longing of God has far more highlights than any other book I've read this year. Over and over again, Manning hits hard and deep, reaching into my heart and fanning the flames of my spirit.

In a sermon I listened to a few months ago, John Piper asserts that holy affections (the passionate emotions reaching out to God) are just important as right theology.
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Sally Ewan
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brennan Manning is kind of a Richard Rohrish guy. He writes about things like God whispering to us. "You will know that you are being seen by Jesus with a gaze of infinite tenderness." Hmm. In my flesh, I would prefer a look of admiration or some affirmation of my efforts. "Good job, Sally!" Jesus cheering from the bleachers as I hit a home run.

But truly I am still learning that I am nothing. And the only kind of baseball going on would involve Jesus propping me up while helping me to hold the
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nicole viana
This was just one of those things where it's just what you needed at this point in life.
Claxton
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
a few favorite lines:

"I was speaking to the Navigators not long ago and they asked, “Do
you have a word for us?”
I said, “Yes, I do. Instead of being identified as a community that
memorizes Scripture, why not be identified as a community of profes-
sional lovers that causes people to say ‘How they love one another!’”
Why do we judge Jesus’ criterion for authentic discipleship irrelevant?
Jesus said the world is going to recognize you as His by only one sign:
the way you are with one another on
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Joe Cowan
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is truly hard to write a review that does it justice, but I've found that this book has served my spirit beyond my expectations. Sometimes I have found that timing has a lot to do with my ability to enjoy a book (is my mind in the right spot? Am I ready to read this? Etc...). If this is true, then the timing was certainly right.

This book is an intimate reflection on a verse from song of Solomon, "I am my beloved's, and his desire is for me." I'd like to think that this book has broken walls I
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Vaida J
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First book in years that has made me listen, really listen, to what the author has to say. Maybe it’s because it’s my first book by Brennan Manning but I don’t think so. It’s not the style or the voice that I found most compelling, it’s the substance. This book is loaded with, raw, bare naked truth. All that was the surface has been removed, peeled back, and exposed. He dives right into the deep. It has definitely left and impression on me and I cannot recommend this book enough. If you are a ...more
Bob Morton
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is Brennan Manning as he usually is. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Manning can be an acquired taste. It is one I enjoy.
His basic story is this. You can not sin so much that God can not forgive you. We are all ragamuffins and God loves each one of us. We have to learn to walk in that love. For people like Brennan, this can be hard, because sometimes we do not love ourselves and we get self destructive.
I would suggest it to all as a look at what I think that Christianity is all
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Wendy
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started this book thinking I wasn't going to get anything out of it, but I was totally wrong. Recommended via friend (see bel0w) I decided to give a whirl. It did feel that it was written especially for me. Manning's whole approach to storytelling is very down-to-earth and relatable. Great read for when you need to be reminded that you are worthy and God loves us no matter what.

Recommended via a friend from this website: Books based on your Enneagram Type
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Olivia Matherne
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Manning has yet to write without leaving me feeling warm with love yet cold with conviction. His lines stay with me throughout my days. Through a combination of storytelling and theological teaching, Manning has reaffirmed my faith, especially through this book.
Gary B
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-2017
Written in the style or manner of a devotional. Brennan tackles a variety of topics around God's love for us and our response to Him. Some chapters were only a page or two long whilst others were 15-20 pages. A mixture of poetry, Scripture, commentary, observation, experience and challenge.
Ben
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic and uncomfortably convicting.
Bob
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Whenever the name of an author appears larger than the title of the book, we're being told something. And that's this: This book is more about the author than the content- the voice rather than the words on the page.

That's not always a bad thing- pick up any CS Lewis book and you'll see the name in something like 150pt type and the title in something considerably less. And honestly- it won't matter- it's all the same: good. (Of course, you don't really need the name on the cover- the voice is so
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Howard
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you believe in God or a just reading books on faith I would send you straight to Brennan Manning. In fact I would suggest you read them in chronological order. From younger Manning to his death bed. I knew this author and he keeps everything simple ,honest and straightforward. Nowadays books on faith seem to be about leadership. Manning consistently writes about God's Love for you. Oh and don't think you are going to be lectured or judged, that is not who he was. I don't know how many ...more
Debbie
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Powerful message for such a short book. The theme is easily accessible, and Manning continually reiterates it and illustrates it, which is fine - it is a beautiful message. Distilled, his theme comes from Gal. 5:6 (which he quotes): "the only thing that matters is the faith that expresses itself in love." In practical terms, does the love of God determine everything I do - the why and the how? Have I moved the idea of God's love from my head to my heart and, thus, my actions? I KNOW the concept; ...more
Ben Zajdel
Brennan Manning's latest work focuses on the yearning of God toward the human condition. Manning fills this book with short anecdotes about the life he has lived, but the stories are not the center of the book.

In this short work, Manning points out our normal stereotypes of God, including some that he has possessed in his past, and shows that the God of the Bible furiously longs to have fellowship with his children. This is not an angry, judgemental God, but one that calls all to love and
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Crystal
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Brennan shares in this volume many of the ideas and stories we have heard when he speaks at conferences and retreats. Here are those “I’ve got to remember what he has said” moments gathered in this small book that is well worth the purchase price. Brennan continues in his long line of spiritually liberating book that share the grace of God, our Abba, better than any other teacher I have heard. Brennan doesn’t pretend to be a spiritual giant but shares with his readers what he’s learned of God’s ...more
Jeff Lochhead
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
December 28th 2018 Review: I predicted correctly... Although it took me a year and a half to return! I will continue to do so as the words of Manning are a beacon of hope and my soul comes alive while sitting at his feet grasping to the truth of God’s unending love for ALL of humanity.

July 28th 2016 Review: Many people have a book they return to yearly due to the way the book impacted them or simply because they love the story and richness in its pages. This book may become mine. Not only does
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Jane
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Oh my word, what a gem of a little book. This finally arrived on Saturday afternoon, and I'd finished it by bed time. And now, on Monday, I'm halfway through it again. This book will become so tatty and rag-earred, I suspect I will some day have to replace it with a fresh copy. Brennan Manning describes so honestly, so rawly, so tenderly, but so too so confrontingly how intimate, deep, unfathomable and dependable is God's love for us. And so too, the power (which feels like too aggressive a ...more
Jennifer
It breaks my heart that there are so many harmful messages (i.e. bad theology) out there that are keeping people away from the God who IS LOVE.

Thankfully, Brennan Manning's books are refreshing water for dry and thirsty souls who so desperately need to hear of the furious longing of God for them.

Brennan reminds us that Love is not just a quality of God, but his very Identity. One of my favorite quotes from the book is this:

"Jesus spoke of the Life of Grace, amazing grace, not as some
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Holly
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
This book was amazing and just what I needed! Sometimes we get so wrapped up in trying to understand God that we forget that He already understands us completely...more than we know ourselves. And we can and should just rest in that. Knowing that He loves me (and you) SO deeply and passionately makes me feel a little wild...In a good way. :)

I love books that make you think, evaluate and challenge how you perceive things. This is one of those books for me. I'm not saying it's for everyone, but it
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Kirsten
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading and re-reading Manning's work for longer than any other Christian writer. There's a reason I keep returning: insofar as human language can describe or draw us into God's furious love and longing for us, Manning is able to do this better than anyone I've ever read. His fiercest critics decry his work as a waste of time and seem to dismiss it as total fluff. But for one who has encountered her profound brokenness again and again, Manning's words can draw for me a picture of the ...more
Debby
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The "furious" longing of God? What's that mean? To some, I'm sure, their first thought is, "Well, yeah, isn't God always ticked of?".
Furious in the context of the longing of God or the love of God, is like a furious wind storm ....INTENSEenergy. The love of God for me is that intense, that deep, that strong and it is not dependent on my behavior, my earning it or my deserving it in any way.
This is a book I'll read over and over again, as are two other Brennan Manning books, The Ragamuffing
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Mark Andrew
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this the second last of 22 books that Brennan Manning has released, the 77-year-old author doesn't waver from his basic message: God's love for us is intense, relentless, furious, and at the same time gentle and ever tender. Manning, also the author of Abba's Child, Stranger To Self-Hatred, Ruthless Trust,and his most popular book The Ragamuffin Gospel, continues to shatter our images of God as aloof, curmudgeonly, and stingy. What we are left with are words that once again pierce our hearts ...more
Aeisele
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
This is the first Brennan Manning I've read, and I like certain things about it. He's a great story teller, and he had a few very profound interpretations of what Jesus was about. I liked that.
However, his basic image and premise - that God is sort of like a raging ocean, furiously longing for us - was not actually developed so much as asserted. It might be true - and the imagery about it was really thought-provoking - he doesn't actually develop the theme, but simply repeats it.
This did,
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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, ...more
“The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creation. Not to make people with better morals but to create a community of prophets and professional lovers, men and women who would surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within, who would live in ever greater fidelity to the omnipresent Word of God, who would enter into the center of it all, the very heart and mystery of Christ, into the center of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love. This, my friend, is what it really means to be a Christian.” 187 likes
“There is the "you" that people see and then there is the "rest of you". Take some time and craft a picture of the "rest of you." This could be a drawing, in words, even a song. Just remember that the chances are good it will be full of paradox and contradictions. ” 43 likes
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