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

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  7,681 ratings  ·  337 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
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Published September 19th 2002 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published 1994)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Encouraging, enlightening and positive. Our Sunday morning class (most would probably call it Sunday School but we call it "Grace Discipleship Class") just spent several weeks reading and discussing this book. Of course you can read it in less than week (at least I assume most of you can) and I'd say it's worth your time.

Mr. Manning is a Roman Catholic...I'm not. I can and do recommend this book as it (mostly) transcends denominational concerns. It is a book I believe most Christians can/may fin
Sep 30, 2008 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 someone else d
Jul 28, 2012 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
Sep 26, 2007 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
j e n n a
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2017
This really spoke to my heart. :)
Brian Stevenson
May 11, 2009 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
Nina Donkin
Mar 16, 2013 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
Samantha Barnes
It’s been a long time since a book stirred my heart the way this book did. I more fully grasp God’s love for me and yet, I feel that I don’t grasp it at all, as it is deeper than I can comprehend.
Oct 31, 2013 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
Turner Spottswood
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Must read. 50 times. Maybe even once a day?
Oct 10, 2015 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
Sarah Wolfe
Jun 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While there are definitely a few gems of encouraging truth in here, they're couched in spiritualism, encouragement to look for extrabiblical revelation, and even talk of communication with the dead (by asserting the resurrection of bodies has already taken place, no less).

I read it because my father asked me to as he found it encouraging, but I cannot recommend it to anyone and if you insist you must read it with a whole shakerful of salt.
Shari McCullough
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brennan Manning, as only he can, through his own vulnerability and illustrations from his life and other sources reminds us that we have a God who indeed loves us, like a daddy, an abba. The book is an invitation to each reader to lean against the Abba's chest, so to speak, and listen to the heartbeat of God's love.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really excellent and thoughtful book about how deeply you and I are loved by God.

He [God] anguishes over our self-absorption and self-sufficiency... God's sorrow lies in our refusal to approach Him when we sinned and failed.

When being is divorced from doing, pious thoughts become an adequate substitute for washing dirty feet.

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
Jake Fraser
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
There were definitely a few little nuggets that I highlighted, pondered, put in my journal, etc. But this was a slow moving book for me. I have 30 pages left and I'm calling it a day on this one (who quits a book with 30 pages left?? This girl. Life's too short).
Judy G
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Take time to ponder this book. I hope to read it again sometime. Lots to reflect on in this book.
Lydia Albano
yet another Manning book I’ve underlined half of. my heart has been softened and strengthened yet again by this man’s beautiful words.
Becky Giovagnoni
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I had gotten this book from the library and halfway through this book I ordered it. I cannot wait to read it again! My favorite chapter is Present Risenness ... the truth of the present risenness of Jesus Christ is so motivating and inspirational and gives new meaning to this life.

"Living in the awareness of the risen Jesus ... is the key that unlocks the door to grasping the meaning of existence."
Suzanne Carr
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
It stretched my understanding of God's grace. I used to it research the "Ragamuffin" singer, Rich Mullins. Brennan Manning was a mentor to Rich Mullins. Brennan is explaining as if for the first time what true grace is, and compares himself Ragamuffin.
David Woods
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
So, so good. This book along with Life of the Beloved by Nouwen are so necessary. Lots of meditating on and internalizing required. I have and will continue to re-read especially the first 4 chapters of this book in perpetuity. For anyone who really wants/needs to grasp the depths of God’s love for you, read this. Hint: that’s all of us!
E.C. Newman
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's so much to process and think about. I'm not sure I 'got' everything, but I don't think that matters. I think anything gained is good.

And as it's a borrowed copy, I couldn't mark it. :(
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
My assessment of this book is that it contains some helpful insights which are biblically based. We need to embrace and step into the joy of Sonship and justification by faith alone. God delights in us because our life is now hidden in Christ. On negative side, I think that Brennan misses some of the dialectical nature of Scripture that can tempt readers to relativize the pursuit of holiness. Passages such as Hebrews 10:14 bring out this dialectical approach to how the Christian should view hims ...more
Oct 03, 2008 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 sliv
Gabriel-paul Israel
Mar 25, 2010 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
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 07, 2008 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 25, 2014 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.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book shot to my top five books in the category of Christian spiritual formation. Manning's words came to me at a critical point in my own journey of struggling to grasp my Abba Father's love for me. Manning's transparency, candor, story-telling and artful rendering of his journey to receive Abba's love comprise a precious gift for those who are willing to receive it.
Apr 26, 2008 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.
Babitix Barbara
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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!
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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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