Review: Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging, updated
Originally published in 1994, this new edition reminded me why I read it years ago. It’s as relevant today, maybe even more so, as it was then. This updated version has a new cover, forward, preface and best of all a section for group study that is different from the usual Q&A format I’ve seen elsewhere. Internalizing the text is the goal. Here the idea is geared more toward application of the text than a review. A little tougher for some, but so worth the effort. I’d recommend the book for this additional chapter by itself.
The main text comes from experience and maturity, in my opinion. I found more depth here than in some other books I’ve read lately and to be honest that is what I’m looking for these days. Manning encourages his reader all along the way through the book. A look at the imposter, the Pharisee, the beloved, the child all lead toward the love of God for His children. The love that allows the use of a term like Abba freely and openly.
For those who have not read this book, please do. For those that read it years ago, pick it up and look again. I recommend this book and really like the group guide found in this issue. I am glad the opportunity to revisit this work from Manning opened for me. Don’t miss this one.
I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.