A Glimpse of Jesus: The Stranger to Self-Hatred

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Following his work on the unconditional love of God in The Wisdom of Tenderness, bestselling Christian writer Brennan Manning now turns to the life and work of Jesus to find an answer to what he believes is the most pressing spiritual problem of our age: self-hatred. The damage caused by this problem is immense. We project it onto God, believing God could never love us because we are unlovable, or we expect an unattainable perfection of ourselves and are left drowning in shame. But Manning warns us that we can't look to ourselves if we want to understand God's love: "The Love of the Father for his children plunges us into mystery, because it is utterly beyond the pale of human experience."

The answer to the problem of self-hatred is better understood when we look to the life of Jesus to illuminate the mystery of God's love and compassion. Manning shows us that our persistent self-hatred is rooted in a "script" founded in a faulty understanding of the nature of divine love and a lack of clear understanding of the person and message of Jesus. "In the eyes of the Master whom we have failed, we detect the infinite compassion of the Father and see revealed, in Jesus, the human face of God," he writes. In bringing us a clearer glimpse of Jesus, he helps us to rewrite this script of self-hatred by patterning our lives after the examples of Jesus on earth: his healing work, stories of deliverance, liberating prayer, integrity of self-acceptance, and all-encompassing compassion. Manning also takes us beyond the personal predicament of self-hatred, asking, "What would the church be like if we erred from an excess of compassion rather than from a stingy and legalistic lack of it?"

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Following his work on the unconditional love of God, bestselling Christian writer Brennan Manning now turns to the life and work of Jesus to find an answer to the most pressing spiritual problem of our age: self-hatred. Manning shows how this problem is rooted in “a script” founded in a faulty understanding of the nature of divine love and a lack of clear understanding of the person and message of Jesus. He helps us to re-write this script of self-hatred by gaining a clearer glimpse of the nature of Jesus: his healing work, stories of deliverance, liberating prayer, integrity of self-acceptance, and all-encompassing compassion.

“This little book pretends to be no more than the title claims: a glimpse of Jesus. That is all I have. It is written for myself and anyone else who has been tyrannized by self-hatred. I envision a wide reading audience because self-hatred is the most persistent and prevalent spiritual problem I have encountered in my many years as a vagabond evangelist.” --Brennan Manning, from the foreword.

About the Author:

Brennan Manning is the bestselling author of many books, including The Ragamuffin Gospel and Ruthless Trust. He leads spiritual retreats in the United States and Europe for people of all ages and backgrounds.

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