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

by Brennan Manning

Paperback, 1994

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Many Christians have bought into the lie that they are worthy of God's love only when their lives are going well. If their families are happy or their jobs are meaningful, life is a success. Yet when life begins to fall apart and embarrassing sins threaten to reveal a less-than-perfect identity, they scramble to keep up a good front to present to the world, and to God. They cower and hide until they can rearrange the mask of perfection and look good again. Sadly, it is then that they wonder why they lack intimate relationships and a passionate faith. All this time, though, God is calling them to take our masks off and come openly to Him. God longs for them to know in the depths of their beings that He loves them and accepts them as they are. When they are their true selves, they can finally claim their identity as God's children and experience His pure pleasure in who they are. Brennan Manning encourages Christians to let go of the impostor lifestyle and freely accept their belovedness as a child of the heavenly Father. In Him there is life, their passion is rekindled, and the union with Him is His greatest pleasure.… (more)

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Navpress Pub Group (1994), 188 pages

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LibraryThing member foof2you
A another great book by Brennan Manning that will help you make the most of your walk with Christ.
LibraryThing member MeganZ
This book had a profound impact on my understanding of my relationship to God. Instead of being a God of punishment and judgement, God is presented as a loving and nurturing parent. For those longing for a relationship with God, but have been scarred by past attempts, this is a great book for you.
LibraryThing member tony_sturges
Is an impostor robbing you of God’s love?
We’ve bought into the lie that we are worthy of God’s love only when our lives are going well. If our families are happy or our jobs are meaningful, life is a success. But when life begins to fall through the cracks and embarrassing sins threaten to
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reveal our less-than-perfect identity, we scramble to keep up a good front to present to the world―and to God. We hide until we can rearrange the mask of perfection. Sadly, it is then that we wonder why we lack intimate relationships and a passionate faith.

All this time God is calling us to take the mask off and come openly to Him. He longs for us to know in the depth of our beings that He loves us and accepts us as we are. When we are our true selves, we can finally claim our identity as God’s child―Abba’s child―and experience His pure pleasure in who we are. Brennan Manning encourages us to let go of the impostor lifestyle and freely accept our belovedness as a child of the heavenly Father. In Him there is life.
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