The Furious Longing of God is the latest tour de force from beloved author and ragamuffin, Brennan Manning. Hold on tight as you discover the most powerful force in the universe: God's furious longing for you. There is nowhere God won't go to find us. No country too distant. No terrain too treacherous. No risk too great. It is a Father's search for His lost son, His lost daughter. And there are no boundaries to where His love will take Him in order to find us, embrace us, and carry us home!
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I purchased this audiobook with the sheepishness with which one might purchase a fluffy romance novel. Surely it would merely be the source of sweet, easy, idealistic remarks about God and His Love-- why was I buying this? Would I even be able to believe what the author was saying?
How wonderfully wrong I was. With apologies to Brennan Manning-- I didn't realize who you were, or what you stood for. Readers, this is a man who has both attended the opera with millionaires, and lived in a garbage dump in Mexico. He has been voluntarily incarcerated in Switzerland, and voluntarily exiled to a cave for months on end. He has served as a respected priest, and he has woken up barefoot and hung over; homeless and soaked in his own vomit.
It may be fair to say that Manning is an Everyman of sorts-- and he manages to emerge from this human-all-too-human experience, not only with his faith intact but with his heart ablaze, luxuriating in the ecstasy of his very tangeable, direct, and real experience of God's love.
I hope it makes sense when I say that this isn't trying to be a 5-star book. It doesn't philosophize, or even really explain its ideas in detail. It doesn't address every what-if that might arise. It doesn't even really say anything that hasn't been said before.
Like many liberal Christians, Manning equates loving God with loving people. Unlike many of these same writers, he doesn't stop there. I felt that he was giving us all permission to want something more-- something much much more-- something compelling to the point of being physical-- in our act of relating to God and to God's love.
I don't doubt that Manning's willingness to serve God and humanity in extreme ways is directly related to the soaring heights of rapturous joy he experiences in prayer. My own life is much more conventional in both repsects. However, I take a certain delight in knowing that a faith like Manning's is even possible-- that it exists at all, albeit not for me.
My title says it all really. I love the way Brennan is so honest and lays his life out for his readers to relate to. This is a little treasure and I'll be listening to it again when I need to be encouraged about God's love for me. Thanks Brennan!
I have had audible now for about 8 months and have enjoyed expanding my reading into books I would have not read before!
I have listened to it 3 times since purchasing it a few weeks ago. The concept and participation of receiving God's unconditional love for me and His most awesome grace is always a battle within our human condition. Brennan speaks so clearly to that.
There is a chapter called "Healing" that steps out at this time from the rest and really hit me. Brennan speaks of how God is calling each of us to participate in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. He goes on to say, "Healing is the response to a crisis in the life of another person. It's enough of a response, a satisfactory response to a crisis in the life of another. And wherever the word "crisis" is used in the Greek New Testament (krisis), it is translated in English as "judgement". That's right - judgment. Healing is a response that I make to a decisive moment in the life of a brother or sister; whether I respond or not, I have made a judgment. Healing becomes the opportunity to pass off to another human being what I have received from the Lord Jesus; namely His unconditional acceptance of me as I am, not as I should be. He loves me whether in a state of grace or disgrace, whether I live up to the lofty expectations of His gospel or I don't. He comes to me where I live and loves me as I am."
In a world of condemnation and doubt, we need to judgment like this to share with one another! It reminds me a bit of something C.S.Lewis said in a sermon years ago called "The Weight of Glory". How we either can bless a person towards God or curse a person further away from God by our words, thoughts, and deeds as we interact with that person. It has been a while since I have read that, so I am paraphrasing from my memory. But that whole idea of acceptance and blessing which we cannot do until we have received the same from our Lord Jesus, and made it a part of ourselves - not just head knowledge - is so good!
I like his voice - it sounds like Brennan.
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