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The Furious Longing of God

God's love won't let us go.

The Furious Longing of God<BR><BR>
The Furious Longing of God
Author Brennan Manning is a recovering alcoholic and a former Franciscan priest whose spiritual path has led him down many different roads — living in a cave, working with the poor in Spain, teaching seminarians, ministering to shrimpers in Alabama and speaking about the Christian faith to large groups. He also is the author of 15 books, and, in this one, he writes about a subject that has grabbed hold of him for 44 years: the miraculous love and grace of God for humanity. He describes the Creator's desire for us as a furious longing� and finds evidence of it in Song of Songs 7:10: I am my beloved's, and his desire is for me.�

Whether writing about his encounter with a dying woman in a leper colony, pondering the prayers of 14th-century theologian Catherine of Sienna, or reflecting on the negative fallout on Christian believers of low self-esteem, shame and self-hatred, Manning makes a good case for the love that won't let us go. He has no trouble identifying with Don Quixote in the musical Man of La Mancha whose life is set on a new path by love. He ends with a celebration of grace (the great and wondrous things that God has dreamed of and achieved for us in Christ Jesus�) and to the ineffable Mystery� that surrounds this great gift (David C. Cook ).


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