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Is God a wrathful judge? A gentle healer? A father? Brother? Friend? In The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus, Brennan Manning brings you to a deeper understanding of the true nature of God. Through poignant and unforgettable stories and challenging observations, Manning helps you stretch your mind and reject simplistic explanations of who God really is. With rich insights you Is God a wrathful judge? A gentle healer? A father? Brother? Friend? In The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus, Brennan Manning brings you to a deeper understanding of the true nature of God. Through poignant and unforgettable stories and challenging observations, Manning helps you stretch your mind and reject simplistic explanations of who God really is. With rich insights you'll see how God can at once be a roaring lion, pacing the globe and seeking you out; and simultaneously a tender lamb, there to comfort you in any time of need. A unique experience, this book will forever change the way you think about God.


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Is God a wrathful judge? A gentle healer? A father? Brother? Friend? In The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus, Brennan Manning brings you to a deeper understanding of the true nature of God. Through poignant and unforgettable stories and challenging observations, Manning helps you stretch your mind and reject simplistic explanations of who God really is. With rich insights you Is God a wrathful judge? A gentle healer? A father? Brother? Friend? In The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus, Brennan Manning brings you to a deeper understanding of the true nature of God. Through poignant and unforgettable stories and challenging observations, Manning helps you stretch your mind and reject simplistic explanations of who God really is. With rich insights you'll see how God can at once be a roaring lion, pacing the globe and seeking you out; and simultaneously a tender lamb, there to comfort you in any time of need. A unique experience, this book will forever change the way you think about God.

30 review for The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus

  1. 5 out of 5

    LaRae

    Although Manning and I don't agree on everything theologically, I got so much out of this book! It has given me much to ponder and pray over. I actually marked up the book quite a bit, but here are a few quotes that really resonated with me: "For many people in the church, Christianity is not Good News. The Gospel is not the glad tidings of freedom and salvation proclaimed by Christ Jesus but a rigid code of dos and don'ts, a tedious moralizing, a list of minimum requirements for avoiding the pai Although Manning and I don't agree on everything theologically, I got so much out of this book! It has given me much to ponder and pray over. I actually marked up the book quite a bit, but here are a few quotes that really resonated with me: "For many people in the church, Christianity is not Good News. The Gospel is not the glad tidings of freedom and salvation proclaimed by Christ Jesus but a rigid code of dos and don'ts, a tedious moralizing, a list of minimum requirements for avoiding the pains of hell." "As we stand on Calvary on Good Friday, one truth we learn is not to apply to the heart of Jesus the measure of our own stingy little hearts, so mean, so narrow and so hard. If we make Him as fussy, unforgiving and vindictive as we are at our worst, we will never comprehend how good, how patient and compassionate, how gentle and extravagant Jesus of Nazareth really is." "Biblically, compassion means action."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    I will read this again. And again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patricia W. Shaw

    Manning is one soulful, deeply moving writer about the love of Jesus because he's experienced all kinds of lows, suffering in his own life so when he writes, it's his personal journey of experiencing unconditional love of his Savior. His writing always makes me weep & convicts the heart of the reader! A MUST READ!! ALL of his books are amazing! Manning is one soulful, deeply moving writer about the love of Jesus because he's experienced all kinds of lows, suffering in his own life so when he writes, it's his personal journey of experiencing unconditional love of his Savior. His writing always makes me weep & convicts the heart of the reader! A MUST READ!! ALL of his books are amazing!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

    Not one of my favorites but I did love chapter 4, "The Affluent Poor." This particular chapter really spoke to my heart. The rest of the book was ok but I didn't really understand the main analogy of the book. So if you read this book just read chapter 4 and forget the rest.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Zimmerman

    I‘ve read this book for my devotions during the past few weeks, and the way it’s changed my thinking about what it means to be a Christian is profound. I’m beginning to realize just what it means to actually be a Christian, not according to the world’s eyes or conventions, but through Manning’s insights, great quotes, and, of course, lots of Scripture. This book is one I would recommend people read slowly and let soak in. I would often pause my reading to look up a verse and read it in context, I‘ve read this book for my devotions during the past few weeks, and the way it’s changed my thinking about what it means to be a Christian is profound. I’m beginning to realize just what it means to actually be a Christian, not according to the world’s eyes or conventions, but through Manning’s insights, great quotes, and, of course, lots of Scripture. This book is one I would recommend people read slowly and let soak in. I would often pause my reading to look up a verse and read it in context, which helped me to see the bigger picture and appreciate what Manning was getting at. So what’s this book about? Jesus loves us so much and there’s nothing we can do in return but accept it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tina DePalma

    I found myself having trouble deciding on 3 or 4 stars to rate this book. I decided on the 4 stars because after reading this book it left me with much to think on and pray on. Manning's love for Christ and desire to see Christ in everything seemed so genuine and inspiring. There were times I felt like putting the book down because it was hard to push past the ideas in which we disagree. in the end, I forged ahead because of his devotion to Jesus and his desire for his readers to experience the I found myself having trouble deciding on 3 or 4 stars to rate this book. I decided on the 4 stars because after reading this book it left me with much to think on and pray on. Manning's love for Christ and desire to see Christ in everything seemed so genuine and inspiring. There were times I felt like putting the book down because it was hard to push past the ideas in which we disagree. in the end, I forged ahead because of his devotion to Jesus and his desire for his readers to experience the relentless tenderness of Jesus.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather Purvis

    Excellent! I want that all should read it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Diann

    An interesting book in the tender nature of God; dispelling the commonly held view of God as wratful and vengeful. A great book for group discussion and reflection

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wylie

    Another inspiring and comforting, yet challenging, book by Manning

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lori Galaske

    Definitely a good book: encouraging and faith-building. It just felt a little choppy as there didn't seem to be a solid theme nor was there a progression of truth or thought. Each chapter seems to be separate from the other chapters. You could start anywhere in the book and read any chapter in any order and not be lost. I'm sure I'll refer to it from time to time and check my notes and underlinings. Regardless of the choppiness, I like the heart of the man, Brennan Manning, that comes through in Definitely a good book: encouraging and faith-building. It just felt a little choppy as there didn't seem to be a solid theme nor was there a progression of truth or thought. Each chapter seems to be separate from the other chapters. You could start anywhere in the book and read any chapter in any order and not be lost. I'm sure I'll refer to it from time to time and check my notes and underlinings. Regardless of the choppiness, I like the heart of the man, Brennan Manning, that comes through in his writing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Humphreys

    It wasn't my favorite of Manning's books but he does bring up some important points on how we have habitually seen Jesus and challenges those beliefs. He infers too many of us, this includes me, live under the works first before the love of God. He brings up different ways Jesus is a reflection of a loving God. My favorite thought was when he asked...how seriously do I take my following Jesus. After knowing what Grace and tender care he takes of me...am I SERIOUS about my following. Worth the rea It wasn't my favorite of Manning's books but he does bring up some important points on how we have habitually seen Jesus and challenges those beliefs. He infers too many of us, this includes me, live under the works first before the love of God. He brings up different ways Jesus is a reflection of a loving God. My favorite thought was when he asked...how seriously do I take my following Jesus. After knowing what Grace and tender care he takes of me...am I SERIOUS about my following. Worth the read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ben B

    I discovered this book long after Abba's Child and Signature of Jesus. So it did not transform my life quite the same way those did. But still, you've got to read it to believe it. I graded it four instead of five, because it contains one theological assertion that I think is plainly wrong. But it's not a book of theology. It's a book about Jesus. And it brought the reality of Jesus closer than before.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    This book was really challenging, really inspirational and helped to continue my journey of questioning the primary image of God that I have held on to for most of my life. Instead it calls me back to Scripture and see how God is much bigger than I have imagined and recapture the wonder of the person who is God. The exercises at the end of each chapter are quite worthwhile for all to read and question their view of God.

  14. 4 out of 5

    stacie

    this book is awesome...although i must admit this is my opinion the second time through. the first time, i rushed through it and it didn't strike me much. this time it had me crying, on my knees. i went out and bought 5 copies to distribute to people. read it prepared to mull it over and read it slowly. it is worth it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I have really enjoyed reading Brennan Mannings beautiful writing, however, I found this particular book quite disjointed and lacking focus. I will read it again, but having first read the Furious Longing of God, which is so succinct, poignant and striking, this was comparatively hard work to be honest! I'll see how I go on a 2nd read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mikkee

    Brennan Manning has been a pivotal writer in my life. This was either the last or close to last book he wrote, and it rambled a bit more than other books of his. And it felt a little harsher than his other books. He revisits many of the same themes in other books, so I would recommend reading Abba's Child or The Ragamuffin Gospel first if this is your first foray into Manning's work.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Very readable, not quite as incredible as 'The Ragamuffin Gospel' by the same author, but still thought-provoking. Brendan Manning looks at Jesus from various viewpoint, focussing each time back to his love and tenderness. Recommended, at least for Christians who like to think.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Deitra

    Brennan Manning does it again! He always gets me to think more deeply about God and my relationship to Him. Some great truths in this book so far. I love the way he is so real about his failings and stumblings but still God adores him. Good news for all of us.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    I thoroughly enjoy reading anything by Manning. It's hard not to come away with a deeper appreciation for God's kindness and compassion in these grace-filled pages penned by a former alcoholic and priest.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Whenever I read anything by Father Brennan I feel washed afresh in grace. This one was not an exception. He gushes--GUSHES--about the paradoxical way Jesus pursues those He loves and desires (me! and you! and us!). Yay.

  21. 4 out of 5

    George Knoechel

    Brennan doing what Brennan does. Leading readers where he has gone spiritually. Manning expounds on the loving, soft hearted God that pursues us through His tender mercies. Great stuff and highly recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    The best "Christian" book I have ever read. Best theological book I have ever read. Best Brennan Manning book I've read. What an incredible author! I aspire to write with even a fraction of the anointing he had for touching the heart of his readers. Gone to glory. Well done, faithful servant.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Currently I'm rereading this with a small group.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Anything by Manning is great. I liked this one a lot.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lee F.

    Please take a look at this if you want to see JC in a new way

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Must Read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Con

    ahhh, the title speaks volumes (so to speak.)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jason Glaze

    This book portrays the humanity of Jesus in a way that helped me call him my friend.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I like the book; however, the author is a bit out there for me. The general theology of the book is exceptional!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anna Jonesi nelson

    This book changed my life.

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