Points of light outshining seemingly overwhelming darkness
Damien ... courage ... perseverance ... truth
Author's narration ... excellent!
The reading of this story was wonderful. But the author's message is that God loves us as we are and NOT just as we should be. So then why doesnt God show each if us that love? Why would any of us have to settle for taking anybody else's word for it? The author might believe that he connected better to God than most but if that were so, than God wouldn't love us as we are. Manning seems to believe that he is entitled to God's special care since he was brutally abused by his mother. But many abused children's prayers for help go unanswered as his mother's did when she was a child, (evinced in his dream). The impact of abuse by his mother was more lasting than the author seem to grasp. He seems to have a low tolerance/ high discomfort around women. I understand he has a huge following but that doesn't change the fact that God does love all of us the same.
His cadence and tone was like warm water poured over my face.
Sadness. False hope.
I feel sorry for his exwife and stepchildren. They never had a chance with Manning. And I read that he saw to it that they were well taken care of financially. What about his neglect of them emotionally though? Doesn't he understand what he preaches? Money will take care of them? In light of what he values in his relationship with Jesus ( intimacy), how does he justify neglecting vows to family?
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