…When upon doing a Google search on quotes from the book, you receive warnings of heresy if you read this book.
Brennan Manning writes about the incredible grace God has given us, and writes it in such a way that impacts your heart. Manning, a recovering alcoholic at the time, writes about the Father heart of God for us, and how much God adores us. It’s such an incredulous concept, even in our day and age, or I suppose all time, that God is willing and wants to accept us just as we are, with our flaws and our sin, that people have written about the “heresies” this book writes about.
Manning regales us with many experiences he’s gone through, trying to pound into our hearts the truth of God’s love over us, including anecdotes from his experiences as a minister to events from his AA meetings. Many times we’re consumed by our own shortcomings and failures, and we keep ourselves distant from God because we feel that we are just wicked things not worthy of God’s love, but Manning reminds us that despite our sin and humanity, God adores us and delights in us.
I started reading this book at a time when I was completely miserable and felt that God was wholly displeased in me. Manning spoke to my heart, highlighting all the lies I believed since he had felt the same way too.
My uttermost favorite quote from the book is when Manning writes:
“If Jesus appeared at your dining room table tonight with knowledge of everything you are and are not, total comprehension of your life story and every skeleton hidden in your closet; if He laid out the real state of your present discipleship with the hidden agenda, the mixed motives, and the dark desires buried in your psyche, you would feel His acceptance and forgiveness.”
It is an encouraging read, and you should definitely read this book if you feel that God is displeased in you. It will change your whole perspective.
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