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Overview Profiles what the author terms the "tenderness of God" as a model for spiritual growth, explaining how readers can relate to God as a loving and non-judgmental parent in order to let go of worry and live more fully in His grace and mercy. Reprint.
A Stirring Invitation to Accept God's Unfathomable Tenderness
Community Description This profound exploration of Christian living presents the argument that, by relating to God as a loving parent with a heart of tenderness, the development of a rich spiritual life can begin, allowing the release of worry and the growth of the ability to live fully in the awareness of God's infinite grace and mercy.
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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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Believing self-acceptance and God's grace Jul 9, 2005
Brennan Manning at his best: tenderly revealing the loving parental role that God is. The freedom Manning suggest from setting one's sail into parental grace, mercy, and love from God dispells the often lack of these qualities shaped by an increasingly dysfunctional family. Even the hard liner, "don't confuse me with the facts, my mind's made up" can see the radical transformation of one's life. Manning cuts across denominational, and non-denominational, dogma that is summed up in his restated theme from Luke 3:21-22, "You are my Son, the Beloved; my favor rests on you", and that we are adopted Sons into the family of God. I like Manning's one-liners through out his writing; among the best: "infinite tenderness limits rational finite thinking". Be prepared to live in trust, transparency, and compassion once you've bathed in this spiritual message.
Thankfully, more of the same from Manning! Jan 31, 2003
Manning sometimes gets criticized as a "one trick pony". He is indeed a one-trick pony. I don't say it as a criticism, though, because his message is so consistently powerful. MANNING CONTINUES TO FIND KNEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE MIGHTY GRACE OF GOD TOWARD IMPOVERISHED PEOPLE. What could get old about that?
Manning has two core messages: 1) We are depraved people in need of rescue, and 2) God's grace is relentless in delivering that rescue. Since he first wrote "Ragamuffin Gospel", he has continued to explore these two themes from different angles. "Ruthless Trust" focused on the nature of true trust and our need to trust God. "The Signature of Jesus" focuses on what true discipleship looks like, the stamp of this loving God on the ragamuffin soul.
"The Wisdom of Tenderness" focuses on our need to "let go and let God", as John Wimber used to say. It is about living a life of letting God minister his love to us. The chapter titled "Fierce Mercy" is worth the price of the book alone. By the end of this chapter, when Manning wrote, "We're so poor that not even our poverty is our own," I felt as if I had *finally* grasped Manning's message (with my heart) to quit trying to earn God's grace and just let him give it to me.
I'm wired such that I'm trying to earn God's approval even when I think I'm not. Manning's message is such a breath of fresh air in our performance-based society. And its repetition in his various writings is a critical reminder of its importance. If we would be free, we must breathe this message frequently.
Passionately & Courageously Written Nov 30, 2002
Passionately written, the words are aflame across the page. His most searing and thought-provoking work to date. Succinct statements that hits straight to the jugular and forces a reaction from the heart.
Yet, written and expressed with tenderness, compassion, not mawkishness, not soft love.
An unusual call upward to God. An unusual revelation of what our God really is like. A book to be read, pondered, meditated upon, reflected, and absorbed deeply.
It is a book for those who have been overfed with "Hollywood" Christianism and are now bloated with its false claims and retarded images of God and Jesus Christ.
It is a book that will warm your heart and draw you back to the flame of which you once were touched by, that of God's fiery and awesome love for you.
It is a book that will transform hearts that are ready and open for its message.
Brennan Manning fearlessly drives the stake into heartless religion, exposing its fraud and emptiness behind all its glitzy claims and glittering candy-trash.
This is a book written with courage. A timely message for our generation. It is not a "how-to" book emphasizing steps you have to take to experience change, but a book, that by exposing one's soul to its message without reserve, will cause a transformation.
It will shake your beliefs about a God you thought you knew. It will rebuild a foundation of what God's love is like for you. It will restoke, rekindle, and rebirth a fiery love for Jesus Christ.
It is not a message of Christianism and all its laws. It is finally a message of Jesus Christ, Him and Him alone.
A must read...for all, especially Christians.
living as the people of Abba Jul 23, 2002
Brennan Manning writes: "Instead of a light volley of divine love followed by the heavy artillery of rule-keeping, Jesus' love for the unlovely must pierce the heart of every Christian."
In the "The Wisdom of Tenderness" Brennan Manning once again discusses the unfathomable love of God. By discussing the tender, pursuing love of Jesus, as well as the fierce mercy of our Abba, Manning seeks to point the way to how we should live as God's people in the twenty-first century.
Manning begins by giving the lie to the all too common, overly optimistic self-evaluation modern Christians have been giving themselves. In an era where many live by legalism instead of grace and love, it has become too easy to skew the holy "stat sheet" by moving the goal posts into a more favorable position.
Manning's main argument is that the Church at large has become so self-involved and inward, that we squabble while the world around us spiritually starves to death:
"When the primacy of love is subordinated to doctrinal correctness and orthodox exegesis, cool cordiality and polite indifference masquerade as love among theologians, biblical scholars, and faculties across the land. When absolute control and rigid obedience pose as love within the family and the local faith-community, we produce trained cowards rather than Christian persons."
What Manning suggests as solution to the horrid state of things is a return to Christians living as a people of tenderness. The example and presence of Jesus and his loving Abba are to be a model and motivation for believers:
"Because of the mysterious substitution of Christ for the Christian, each encounter with a brother or sister is a real encounter with the risen Lord, an opportunity to respond creatively to the gospel and mature in the wisdom of tenderness."
As usual, Manning's writing is top notch. He is a very talented author. More importantly, Brennan has fearlessly laid bare his soul in parts of this book. Others will no doubt find great healing and motivation in this book as a result. I know I did.
I give "The Wisdom of Tenderness" my highest recommendation.
The Tenderness of Jesus Wrapped in the Fierce Mercy of God Jul 17, 2002
I am a rabid Manning fan. Unfortunately, his latest book does not quite measure up to his previous greats, such as The Ragamuffin Gospel and Ruthless Trust. In this book, the reader can feel the frustration and sorrow of Brennan Manning. Manning's convoluted critique of religion, christians, church and America borders on a tirade. Fortunately, such ramblings do not denigrate the wonderful message of a life of tenderness, gratitude, and mercy also found in the book.
The book teaches us that our lives as ragamuffins are transformed when we receive the infinite tenderness of Jesus, and give that same tenderness to others. Open your heart. Experience warm, caring and affectionate relationships. Your heart will grow tender. You will learn to live in the wisdom of accepted tenderness -- letting go of your cares and concerns and living each moment in awareness of the tender, loving and merciful God. Enjoy God's gift to the fullest. Read this book. Focus on its message of warmth and compassion.