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Trade Paperback
224 pages
Feb 2004
Baker/Revell

The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus

by Brennan Manning

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Review:

The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus by Brennan Manning is an intensive study of God's love for mankind. Previously published under the title of Lion & Lamb, this new printing seeks to change the perception people have of God as being distant, cold, and judgmental. Instead, Manning says God's nature is one that invites His children to draw close to him.

“The book is divided into three sections: ‘Experiencing Jesus,’ ‘Jesus at Easter,’ and ‘Jesus at Christmas.’ Before becoming a Franciscan monk, Manning studied journalism at the University of Missouri, as evidenced in his excellent writing and solid research skills. He now leads spiritual retreats and writes books, including the previous best-seller The Ragamuffin Gospel.

“Manning writes, ‘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 instead is a rigid code of dos and don'ts, a tedious moralizing, a list of minimum requirements for avoiding the pains of hell.’ Countering this belief, Manning uses Bible passages, his personal testimony, and entertaining anecdotes to show that Christianity really is very good news.

“Although well written, this book is a little difficult to read. It's deep, so some passages have to be read more than once for the meaning to come through. However, his words convict the heart. Manning's words are honest, heartfelt, and direct. Anyone wanting to know God better and to draw closer to Him will find this book a good roadmap for that journey.” -- Jennifer Logue, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

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.