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Overview Becoming a Christian is not a magical enterprise in which we automatically become better people; a Christian must train to become the person God intended them to be. In this book, Brennan Manning teaches us how to think like Jesus, guiding the reader to discover those subjects on which Jesus did not dwell--security, sensation, and power--and revealing where Jesus focused his thought life--the Father, the disciples, the reign of God, and the world.
In the eyes of the world, Jesus was a fool. He did not abide by the rules of his day; the people he associated with were shunned by society; his Sermon on the Mount reads likea primer on being left behind, stepped on, and ignored. In order for us to truly be the people Jesus wants us to be, we too must learn to become "foolish."
Becoming a Christian is not a magical enterprise by which we are automatically transformed into better people. We must train to become who God intends us to be. In The Importance of Being Foolish, bestselling Christian author Brennan Manning teaches us how to think like Jesus. By reorienting our lives according to the gospel we may appear to be fools in the eyes of the world, but Manning reveals that this is exactly what Jesus wants.
In a powerful exploration of the mind of Christ, Manning reveals how our obsession with security, pleasure, and power prevents us from living rich and meaningful lives. Our endless struggle to acquire money, good feelings, and prestige yields a rich harvest of worry, frustration, and resentment. Manning explores what Christ's mind was truly focused on: finding the Father, compassion for others, a heart of forgiveness, and the work of the kingdom.
Coming from the gentle yet compelling voice of Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish is a refreshing reminder of the radical call of Jesus and the transforming love of God.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.16 lbs.
Release Date Dec 13, 2013
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0060834536 ISBN13 9780060834531
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More About Brennan Manning
Brennan Manning has spent the past forty years helping others experience the reality of God s love and grace. It s at the heart of everything he s written and done. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his spriritual journey has taken him down a variety of paths. He has taught seminarians, spoken to packed arenas, lived in a cave in Spain where he labored with the poor, and ministered to shrimpers in Alabama. Brennan is best known as the author of the contemporary classics The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba s Child, Ruthless Trust, The Importance of Being Foolish, and The Furious Longing of God.
Brennan Manning lived in New Orleans, in the state of Louisiana. Brennan Manning died in 2013.
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very good Dec 31, 2006
there isn't one chapter that does not leave the reader unchallenged. i truly admire the way the author makes sure that he does not cut corners or water down the gospel. the author makes sure, by the grace of GOD, that no human excuse or lie is left unexposed. it is essentially a book about repentance and Truth, because true repentance of sins and the heartfelt acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as LORD is the only way for us humans to think like Jesus. Without these two things, you can learn about Jesus in an intellectual way, but not the way we ought to, the way He desires us to and it will always be jampacked with untruth. this book, by GOD's grace, will exhort, encourage and convict.
and as I always say, read it with your Bible in hand.
Another Manning Classic Oct 24, 2006
Brennan Manning forever secured his place as an important theologian with The Ragamuffin Gospel. If he never wrote another book, he has served Christianity well with one of the most important books ever written about the faith.
But in his book The Importance of Living Foolish, Manning continues his quest to promote a belief in Christ the recognizes the folly of the modern world and its preoccupation with foolish, fleeting things.
At the same time, as in The Ragamuffin Gospel, Manning presents the unvarnished Jesus, who was loving, tender, kind, and gentle, but who spoke truth to power, was brutally honest, and was not dismissive of sin.
The Importance of Being Foolish stands on its own merits, and Brennan Manning continues to grow as one of this era's greatest standard bearers of Christianity.
Puts into words my own view Sep 16, 2006
I've always thought the Christian message to be a radical rejection of worldy values. But what's generally preached is a watered down version of this message. Manning boldly and in his familiar style asserts that what the world views as foolish is the wisdom of God. It's a tough message but a wonderful one.
Excellent Sep 18, 2005
Once again Manning calls us out beyond the darkness of pharisaical competition for heavens gate. Where the light of gods unbounded LOVE cradles us and reminds us that because we are so loved, we must love as well. Bless this guy, he has stood up after many falls, and I pray he will continue to enlighten us.
Power packed Aug 24, 2005
Although my first Manning book, I can see why he is so well respected.
This is a very personal and challenging presentation of spiritual growth that differs from sanitized Christianity. This is not the prosperity gospel.
He doesn't pretend to have all of the answers. He also doesn't spell out many of his points. The title for example is never explained. At least not directly.
A book that would challenge anybody. Can't wait to read it again.