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Imagine a stormy day at sea: your ship yielding to a relentless wind, pummeled by crashing waves, subject to the awesome force of nature. A force that is both fierce and majestic. A power that is nothing short of furious. Such is God's intense love for His children. // The Furious Longing of God is the latest tour de force from beloved author and ragamuffin, Brennan ManninImagine a stormy day at sea: your ship yielding to a relentless wind, pummeled by crashing waves, subject to the awesome force of nature. A force that is both fierce and majestic. A power that is nothing short of furious. Such is God's intense love for His children. // 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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  • Jim
    2019-03-28 10:33

    Having read some other works by Manning, I will start off by saying that this book is very similar in theme to his previous works. Manning’s essential message is the same: God loves you, and if you have to tack on any thing else to that statement then you haven’t quite gotten the gospel message.Manning’s work is a challenge because we all have a tendency to tack on other things to that basic message. We say: “God loves you BUT…”, “God loves you WHEN”, or “IF you…THEN God will love you.” Far too often we reduce the spiritual life to the things we have to or should do in order to be right with God.Manning’s message, I think, is a challenge to any person of faith, whether they happen to reside in the evangelical or the progressive camp. I’ve been in both camps, and the tendency is to tack on all sorts of stipulations or to even discount the message that God might personally love (even long for) you and I.I love that Manning doesn’t just let us sit with smug satisfaction within the reality of that statement of God’s love. Instead, he asks us to consider whether or not we truly grasp God’s love by asking us to examine whether or not we live that love out in the world around us.He asks us: Who do you consider unlovable? Are they not the ones we are called to love? Are we not called to be agents of God’s healing in this world? To love those who are unlovable, responding to the love that God has poured out upon us? To be so united to Jesus that God’s love flows through us?If you have complicated the gospel message of God’s love for you with all sorts of conditions, then this is the book for you. In fact I probably ought to go read it again myself until its message has truly sunk in.

  • Bart Breen
    2019-03-28 05:12

    A Stirring and Focusing ReadBrennan Manning has written a provocative little devotional that will likely comfort the afflicated while afflicting the comfortable. This is a series of short devotional thoughts that should provide fodder for the thoughtful Christian to ruminate over continually.Brennan is known by manner for his honest stream of consciousness type writing and he doesn't disappoint here. Whether tying the love of God and Christ as evidenced upon the cross back the the furious passionate longing of the Song of Solomon or providing anecdotal yet powerful images from the acquaintances from Brennan's past, whether prince or pauper, this book serves to shake up the world of any careful reader who allows themselves to open their hearts first and their minds following.The book itself can be read in one sitting. In that regard it is a piece of devotional minimalism. The power however is found not in reading quickly and setting it down, but rather taking small bites and chewing long and hard to take it from the eyes, through the brain and into a deeper level of challenge.I came away from this read feeling I had spent time over a cup of coffee with a mature friend and both encouraged and challenged to go deeper with the issues it reinforces.5 Stars. A very moving and meaningful book which I fully recommend.Bart Breen

  • Katie Casey
    2019-04-18 10:24

    Great inspiring book from one of my favorite authors!Here's what is most sticking with me right now:"Is your own personal prayer life characterized by the simplicity, childlike candor, boundless trust, and easy familiarity of a little one crawling up in Daddy's lap? An assured knowing that the daddy doesn't care if the child falls asleep, starts playing with toys, or even starts chatting with little friends, because the daddy knows the child has essentially chosen to be with him for that moment? Is that the spirit of your interior prayer life?"It hasn't been mine, but I want to make it mine...

  • Sheila
    2019-04-19 12:05

    Thought provoking, and well written. This book has made me want to investigate other books by this author, probably starting with The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out. I love the authors honesty about himself and his own failings, his lack of self righteousness, and his belief in the gospel of love.

  • Robin
    2019-04-19 07:25

    Brennan Manning’s recurring theme throughout his 44-year ministry has been that of God seeking intimacy with us. As experienced by Mr. Manning, a recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, that message of grace and love was developed in his earlier books, including The Ragamuffin Gospel.This newest and very small volume is a sort of love story for the brokenhearted, recounting the tender yet tenacious love of God pursuing us, especially those who feel they can never measure up. It is a simplified and distilled version of his life message: as if the older he gets, the more clearly he sees it.Mr. Manning, a popular author, speaker and spiritual director, says he’s discovered that real Christianity happens only when “men and women experience the reckless, raging confidence that comes from knowing the God of Jesus Christ.”Experiencing the undeserved love of God has been so disarming for him that he says if he could live his 74 years all over again, he would “devote not one bloody minute to monitoring my spiritual growth.” Instead, he writes, “I would simply do the next thing in love.” He quotes mystics and saints throughout, such as Catherine of Sienna’s bold prayers to a God who falls in love with human beings “like one drunk and crazy with love. . . . crazy over what you have made.”Some people, he says, have criticized him because his writing is “too much about the love of God and not enough about sin and judgment and hell and how to keep Christ in Christmas.” But that's because Christians too often see God “as a small-minded bookkeeper, a niggling customs officer rifling through our moral suitcase,” when in fact God wants to transform our lives through the knowledge that we are loved.Quoting Anthony Campbell, he asks, “How radically must we rework our own self-image if we accept ourselves as loveable—as deeply, passionately, and unconditionally loved by God?” Ultimately, we are called to share that love, to participate in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by affirming the good in others, even when they cannot see in themselves.“Jesus expected the most of every man and woman,” Mr. Manning writes, “and behind their grumpiest poses, their most puzzling defense mechanisms, their coarseness, their arrogance, their dignified airs, their silence, and their sneers and curses, Jesus sees a little child who wasn’t loved enough . . . How have we gotten it so screwed up?

  • Samuel Kordik
    2019-04-05 05:17

    The number of highlights in a book is a good indicator for how much it hits my deep parts, for how profound or forceful I find it. The Furious Longing of God has far more highlights than any other book I've read this year. Over and over again, Manning hits hard and deep, reaching into my heart and fanning the flames of my spirit.In a sermon I listened to a few months ago, John Piper asserts that holy affections (the passionate emotions reaching out to God) are just important as right theology. (Manning identifies a similar dichotomy in those book, writing “…theology, which is faith seeking understanding, and spirituality, which is the faith-experience of what we understand intellectually…”). Those of us with an intellectual bent, especially in the Reformed camp, tend to dwell on right theology overmuch and downplay or ignore having Godward emotions. Manning calls us out on that, noting “In the days ahead, you will either be a mystic (one who has experienced God for real) or nothing at all. In times of persecution, theoretical Christianity will collapse.” This book (along with most of his works) is a call to experience God for real.A.W. Tozer called a certain group of people “The Fellowship of the Burning Heart”, referring to those who have felt the mystical experience of communion with God, have felt the furious love, the burning joy, the light of Christ. Those are who this book is for. This book calls us to revel in God's love, to abide in it, to rest in it, to learn what it means to call God Abba, our Daddy. It is a passionately written, adjective and adverb filled work coming from his heart and pleading with us to experience God's love. Manning writes, “the gut issue is not how much theology we have studied or how much Scripture we have memorized. All that really matters is this: Have you experienced the furious longing of God or not?”.Books like this can be inspirational, but short-lived in its impact. Manning acknowledges this: “[It] is always beneficial to acknowledge that books can be deceptive. The most lyrical prose on the furious longing of God creates the illusion that we have already arrived at beatitude.”Each chapter ends with a couple short pieces of “homework” aimed at engaging with the material and experiencing it. This is where the rubber meets the road, and I look forward to journeying through this practical application over the next many days.Amidst the rush of daily life, I find that the flame of the Spirit in my heart grows dim. It never extinguishes, and there is always at glowing coal, but I am grateful for books like this to come along alike spiritual bellows and fan the flame of longing for God back to life. It is easy to forget that God fills us with greater joy than can be found in the best of earthly gladness (c.f. Psalm 4:7) and books like this are useful reminders of our inheritance.

  • Sally Ewan
    2019-04-15 06:20

    Brennan Manning is kind of a Richard Rohrish guy. He writes about things like God whispering to us. "You will know that you are being seen by Jesus with a gaze of infinite tenderness." Hmm. In my flesh, I would prefer a look of admiration or some affirmation of my efforts. "Good job, Sally!" Jesus cheering from the bleachers as I hit a home run.But truly I am still learning that I am nothing. And the only kind of baseball going on would involve Jesus propping me up while helping me to hold the bat and to swing and most likely miss, then cheering for my feeble attempt. Lately I feel like I can't even rise up to get out on the field. Yes, it is a season of being humbled. Who wants that? Not me, ever. But God knows what I need. And in my weakness I see His strength ever more clearly. And His grace and mercy. And even--shh, listen, can you hear it too? He is whispering to me of His love. So I am grateful for this book that reminds me.

  • nicole viana
    2019-04-12 13:18

    This was just one of those things where it's just what you needed at this point in life.

  • Bob Morton
    2019-03-23 11:12

    This book is Brennan Manning as he usually is. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Manning can be an acquired taste. It is one I enjoy. His basic story is this. You can not sin so much that God can not forgive you. We are all ragamuffins and God loves each one of us. We have to learn to walk in that love. For people like Brennan, this can be hard, because sometimes we do not love ourselves and we get self destructive. I would suggest it to all as a look at what I think that Christianity is all about, it is not about religion but relationship. Still, that will shock some people and they will not be able to handle it. Guess what? God still loves them anyway.

  • Gary B
    2019-04-21 05:06

    Written in the style or manner of a devotional. Brennan tackles a variety of topics around God's love for us and our response to Him. Some chapters were only a page or two long whilst others were 15-20 pages. A mixture of poetry, Scripture, commentary, observation, experience and challenge.

  • Bob
    2019-04-12 12:23

    Whenever the name of an author appears larger than the title of the book, we're being told something. And that's this: This book is more about the author than the content- the voice rather than the words on the page.That's not always a bad thing- pick up any CS Lewis book and you'll see the name in something like 150pt type and the title in something considerably less. And honestly- it won't matter- it's all the same: good. (Of course, you don't really need the name on the cover- the voice is so distinctive you could tell within a few paragraph who was writing)To a certain extent, that's where Brennan Manning is finding himself. The Furious Longing of God is the latest Brennan Manning book first. It's a book about the love of God second. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but again...Here's what it comes down to: If you love Manning, you'll love this book. Better written and a bit more cohesive than some of his others, it's still vintage Manning. Personal stories interwoven with theological insights- all centered around the love of God. At times overly simplistic, at other times stop-and-ponder deep, it's Manning doing what Manning does- pushing towards a simple just-let-God-love-you kind of faith.Desperately needed for some.But in some ways, as I read, I felt as though I read this before. I'm not saying that if you have read one Manning book you have read them all- but close. His voice and style is so distinctive, and his subject matter so narrow in scope that he runs the risk of leaving readers feeling as though they are reading the same books in different packages.I also found myself thinking: "You know, IMHO, Brennan would benefit from reading someone like John Piper" - a great mental picture, btw. Also, I think Piper would benefit from reading Manning, but that's another post!It's just that in the drive to reduce everything down to "God loves you!" I can't help but feel some important nuances are lost. There's a great, solid, Trinitarian perspective represented in this book, there's much about loving each other because of God's love for us... but I'm left wondering: what does a loving, worshipful response to God look like? Beyond loving others, how do I respond to God's love for me with love for Him? Is God jealous for His own glory at all? Or is He simply all about ME?The big question for me these days: Will the book find its way onto my shelf or be given away/sold?Verdict: On the shelf- but just barely.

  • Howard
    2019-04-16 13:07

    If you believe in God or a just reading books on faith I would send you straight to Brennan Manning. In fact I would suggest you read them in chronological order. From younger Manning to his death bed. I knew this author and he keeps everything simple ,honest and straightforward. Nowadays books on faith seem to be about leadership. Manning consistently writes about God's Love for you. Oh and don't think you are going to be lectured or judged, that is not who he was. I don't know how many writer's I will end up suggesting here but none can top my choice of Manning. This book alone should make you want to go back and read the others. The passion he writes about God's Passion for you is intense like you have been placed in in a torrid love affair. I have given this book to those who have tried suicide and they told me if they had read it before that thought would never have entered their mind. Atheists have enjoyed it some changed their views and others have told me this was as close as they came to doing so. Save his final book as he is dying for last. Get to know him first. Like all of his books the man his patched jeans and the mess that was his life will make a huge difference in yours!

  • Debbie
    2019-03-30 10:13

    Powerful message for such a short book. The theme is easily accessible, and Manning continually reiterates it and illustrates it, which is fine - it is a beautiful message. Distilled, his theme comes from Gal. 5:6 (which he quotes): "the only thing that matters is the faith that expresses itself in love." In practical terms, does the love of God determine everything I do - the why and the how? Have I moved the idea of God's love from my head to my heart and, thus, my actions? I KNOW the concept; do I ACT on it, consistently? One story he told resonated with me when he asked himself (after he callously pushed a young woman away), "how can others believe in the love of a God they cannot see if they do not see it in me?" This short volume inspires me to "move beyond theoretical abstractions" of my faith and make them LIVING experiences.

  • Jane
    2019-04-01 08:16

    Oh my word, what a gem of a little book. This finally arrived on Saturday afternoon, and I'd finished it by bed time. And now, on Monday, I'm halfway through it again. This book will become so tatty and rag-earred, I suspect I will some day have to replace it with a fresh copy. Brennan Manning describes so honestly, so rawly, so tenderly, but so too so confrontingly how intimate, deep, unfathomable and dependable is God's love for us. And so too, the power (which feels like too aggressive a word, but nevertheless, it works) of us daring to love others, out of the wellspring of being loved by God. The chapter on healing is just perfect. But I suspect at other times in my life I will pick other chapters as being utterly perfect.

  • Crystal
    2019-04-08 05:22

    Brennan shares in this volume many of the ideas and stories we have heard when he speaks at conferences and retreats. Here are those “I’ve got to remember what he has said” moments gathered in this small book that is well worth the purchase price. Brennan continues in his long line of spiritually liberating book that share the grace of God, our Abba, better than any other teacher I have heard. Brennan doesn’t pretend to be a spiritual giant but shares with his readers what he’s learned of God’s grace and “furious, longing” through his imperfect life… much like the rest of ours …. we ragamuffins. Any of Brennan’s books are must reads for those who feel they will never be good enough, and ready to find out that they don’t have to be.

  • Ben Zajdel
    2019-04-14 08:12

    Brennan Manning's latest work focuses on the yearning of God toward the human condition. Manning fills this book with short anecdotes about the life he has lived, but the stories are not the center of the book. In this short work, Manning points out our normal stereotypes of God, including some that he has possessed in his past, and shows that the God of the Bible furiously longs to have fellowship with his children. This is not an angry, judgemental God, but one that calls all to love and repentance. This book reads almost like a devotional. The chapters are short, and the prose at times reads like poetry. It is full of quotes by other authors. Manning has done a superb job of articulating his view of God's love. I recommend this for a quick read.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-31 06:21

    It breaks my heart that there are so many harmful messages (i.e. bad theology) out there that are keeping people away from the God who IS LOVE.Thankfully, Brennan Manning's books are refreshing water for dry and thirsty souls who so desperately need to hear of the furious longing of God for them. Brennan reminds us that Love is not just a quality of God, but his very Identity. One of my favorite quotes from the book is this:"Jesus spoke of the Life of Grace, amazing grace, not as some theological abstraction or concept. For Jesus, Grace was relationship - the presence of Abba himself in our hearts through the gift of the Holy Spirit."

  • Holly
    2019-04-11 12:20

    This book was amazing and just what I needed! Sometimes we get so wrapped up in trying to understand God that we forget that He already understands us completely...more than we know ourselves. And we can and should just rest in that. Knowing that He loves me (and you) SO deeply and passionately makes me feel a little wild...In a good way. :)I love books that make you think, evaluate and challenge how you perceive things. This is one of those books for me. I'm not saying it's for everyone, but it was definitely right for me in this part of my journey. If anyone wants to borrow it, let me know! I'd be glad to send it your way. As long as you don't mind my notes and scribbles.

  • Kirsten
    2019-04-11 13:10

    I've been reading and re-reading Manning's work for longer than any other Christian writer. There's a reason I keep returning: insofar as human language can describe or draw us into God's furious love and longing for us, Manning is able to do this better than anyone I've ever read. His fiercest critics decry his work as a waste of time and seem to dismiss it as total fluff. But for one who has encountered her profound brokenness again and again, Manning's words can draw for me a picture of the heart of God like no one else's can. After finishing this, I want to be utterly ravished and caught up in that reckless raging fury they call the love of God.

  • Debby
    2019-04-01 13:26

    The "furious" longing of God? What's that mean? To some, I'm sure, their first thought is, "Well, yeah, isn't God always ticked of?". Furious in the context of the longing of God or the love of God, is like a furious wind storm ....INTENSEenergy. The love of God for me is that intense, that deep, that strong and it is not dependent on my behavior, my earning it or my deserving it in any way. This is a book I'll read over and over again, as are two other Brennan Manning books, The Ragamuffing Gospel and Abba's Child. Life changing freedom from religion performance oriented thinking/behavior.

  • Mark Andrew
    2019-04-04 13:14

    In this the second last of 22 books that Brennan Manning has released, the 77-year-old author doesn't waver from his basic message: God's love for us is intense, relentless, furious, and at the same time gentle and ever tender. Manning, also the author of Abba's Child, Stranger To Self-Hatred, Ruthless Trust,and his most popular book The Ragamuffin Gospel, continues to shatter our images of God as aloof, curmudgeonly, and stingy. What we are left with are words that once again pierce our hearts and help us dare to believe once more in the reckless, raging fury that they call the love of God.

  • Aeisele
    2019-04-19 10:33

    This is the first Brennan Manning I've read, and I like certain things about it. He's a great story teller, and he had a few very profound interpretations of what Jesus was about. I liked that. However, his basic image and premise - that God is sort of like a raging ocean, furiously longing for us - was not actually developed so much as asserted. It might be true - and the imagery about it was really thought-provoking - he doesn't actually develop the theme, but simply repeats it.This did, however, make me want to read more of him.

  • Barb Terpstra
    2019-04-03 09:25

    I always like Brennan Manning books. This one was a good reminder of how much God longs to be in relationship with us. He always reminds us that: "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.

  • Amberlee Bixler
    2019-04-02 13:08

    This is the first book by Brennan Manning I've read, and he is such a simply beautiful gift. The book is not long, it is not filled with haunting, romantic language; it is simply, staggeringly, hauntingly true. The theme, found in the title, resonates that God's love for each of us rages in its ferocity like a storm at sea, and we have the option of hiding in what is known and familiar, or thrusting ourselves fully into the raging, cleansing, extravagant love of God.

  • Banner
    2019-04-01 10:26

    Manning continues the themes that I read from the The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out God's immeasurable grace. A short yet powerful read. Reminding us that the Love of God is a powerful force in a broken world.

  • Deborah Boutwell
    2019-03-31 06:09

    I read the ebook and listened to the audio...at the same time. It was life-changing for me. It made me look at God as my ABBA, which in all my Bible study and relationship with God, I have ever done.I run to my physical daddy at the moment of need...why haven't I been doing that with my spiritual Daddy. I'm learning more and more about the true love (not a fairy tale love) of ABBA. It's changed how I pray.It's the first I've read anything of Manning's and I'll be going back for more.

  •  Gloria MariaVazquez
    2019-03-25 13:09

    This is my first read by author, Brennan Manning. I absolutely loved the book. It is a very short book, just a little over 100 pages, but the size of the book does not match its depth. Brennan dives deeply into the radical concept of God's furious love for each one of us. He loves us just as we are, not as we should be.

  • Rob Petersen
    2019-04-01 06:17

    This is a shorter-than-usual, but typical Manning book. Some may tire of the same message, and Manning can often sound like a broken record, but for those of us yearning for grace and acceptance, no one proclaims the heart of God like this man. The bonus to this book is that it has questions for reflection after each chapter.

  • Robin Koshy
    2019-04-07 05:31

    Not much different from his magnum opus the Ragamuffin Gospel, but as Lewis said, "We need to be reminded more than instructed." Great little book on being loved by God (what else will Manning want to ever talk about?!).

  • writer...
    2019-03-31 10:17

    Challenging chapters to one's faith outlook and life application. Each perspective ends with two relevant questions to contemplate the thoughts personally.Recommended addition to a reader's faith/life library.