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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,436 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brennan Manning Narrator: Dan Cashman Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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Is an imposter robbing you of God's love?

Many Christians have bought into the lie that we are worthy of God's love only when our lives are going well. If our families are happy or our jobs are meaningful, life is a success. But when life begins to fall through the cracks and embarrassing sins threaten to reveal our less-than-perfect identity, we scramble to keep up a good front to present to the world - and God. We cower and hide until we can rearrange the mask of perfection and look good again.

Sadly, it is then that we wonder why we lack intimate relationships and a passionate faith. Yes all this time God is calling us to take the mask off and come openly to Him. God longs for us to know in the depth of our being that He loves us and accepts us as we are. When we are true selves, we can finally claim our identity as God's child - Abba's child - and experience His pleasure in who we are.

Brennan Manning encourages readers to let go of the imposter lifestyle and freely accept our belovedness as a child of the heavenly Father. In Him there is life, our passion is rekindled, and our union with Him is His greatest pleasure. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/19/2014

    " I picked this up during a retreat with Brennan last November -- tougher to read than others but deeper and more nuanced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustin Bagby | 2/13/2014

    " This may be my favorite Brennan Manning books. He is incredibly insightful in regard to "the imposter" and how one is to deal with the false self. After doing some work with the Enneagram, I read this book at the perfect moment! Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 2/9/2014

    " Having a hard time learning the intimacy part of my spiritual relationship with my Father. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/27/2014

    " One of my favorite books I've read in a long time. Brennan has a compelling way of speaking to the inner longings of the heart and helping us look into the mirror of God's love to find our value and worth. I highly recommend this to anyone who could use a powerful dose of the Divine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blake | 1/14/2014

    " Once again, another very influential book in my life that helped me get through my divorce. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chaeli | 1/14/2014

    " My love for this book is evident in a full journal and an encouraged heart. Some favorite lines from the book: "substituting theoretical concepts for acts of love keeps life at a safe distance. This is the dark side of putting being over doing." "We are not alone as we travel the road with Jesus. The Rabbi's word to us is:love each person along the way. What we do to them, we do to him...discipleship is not about being perfect or efficient - it's all about the way you live with each other." "In every encounter we either give life or we drain it." "He is not a refuge from reality, but the Way into it's depths." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shea | 1/12/2014

    " This book allowed me to see how desperate I need Christ's love and grace. I must accept that I am a sinner while trusting that even in my sinfulness, Christ loves me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/7/2014

    " A book to break your heart with the reminder of how loved you are. I love that Brennan Manning never beats around the bush, but says over, and over, and over, how loved we are by God, how great our call is, and how little everything else is in comparison. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 1/1/2014

    " real informative "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 12/29/2013

    " I'm in process, but I'm struck by this book. Brennan, with all his candidness reminds me of my standing as the beloved. That Jesus shocked the Jewish community with his blasphemous prayer: "Abba..." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/13/2013

    " Changed my view of God (for the better) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 10/16/2013

    " If you're struggling with God's love for you this book must be read. Manning eloquently explains the passion of God to love each and everyone of us and that only when we realize it fully will we be whole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 10/12/2013

    " Unspeakably wow! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/21/2013

    " One of my all time favorites!!! I love the characters...see people...he shares with us. I saw myself in so many of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 9/4/2013

    " Reading this book is like therapy for the soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 8/22/2013

    " Amazing and grace filled like all of Mannings works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 7/26/2013

    " Thanks for the gift, Carol! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Glaze | 4/24/2013

    " I needed a dictionary to read this book but it was worth it. Brennan's letter to his imposter was awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Honeycutt | 11/13/2012

    " I read this last year in my women's group. It is so deep that I was glad to have other women to discuss it with. It is a book that I hope to read again every couple of years to remind myself of all of its goodness. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjorie | 7/6/2012

    " My daughter introduced me to Manning, and Abba's Child is one of his best. A must read for every Christian interested in the deeper life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine francis | 6/29/2012

    " This book was so critical in my spiritual development. It is a book for the broken-which is everyone. Brennan Manning has a way of explaing how CHrist loves the broken and disgusting more than any other author I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Ripple | 5/9/2012

    " I liked the book alot....the imposter chapter was good. Highlighted some profound thoughts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikkee | 4/7/2012

    " This book helped me understand God as my father in a way that I had never understood before. It is beautifully written and challenges your perceptions of God's love in amazing ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/18/2012

    " God wants you to remove "the imposter" and become His beloved child. There is so much in this book. It would make a great bible study. I love Manning's writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/14/2011

    " THE most life-changing spiritual book i've ever read. totally transformed my walk with the Lord ... learned what it means to be the beloved of the Father, to find my identity in His love. so wonderful, so good for the soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 9/1/2011

    " good, still reading it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 7/1/2011

    " This one is marked "currently reading" by me because I don't think I'll ever stop re-reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 6/30/2011

    " This is one of the best books I've read on how to live in God's grace by His mercy as His child. I would highly recommend it to anyone who struggles like I do to walk by faith and trust in the Father's love for you - esp when your earthly experiences have been kind of crappy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 6/28/2011

    " A-maaaay-zing book! I am at the halfway point. It's got alot of meat, so it's taking me a bit longer to read; but it's totally worth taking time to digest! Brennan Manning has a special way of presenting the LOVE of GOD for us! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/19/2011

    " Amazing and grace filled like all of Mannings works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 6/11/2011

    " One of the most life-changing books I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JD | 5/11/2011

    " Awesome!
    This is definitely a book that I will read over and over again.
    Every chapter was impact-full. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/10/2011

    " I read this last year in my women's group. It is so deep that I was glad to have other women to discuss it with. It is a book that I hope to read again every couple of years to remind myself of all of its goodness. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 2/1/2011

    " Everyone should read this book every month or so. Manning brings an authenticity that shocks the reader into humility. When Manning writes about The Imposter, you know he's writing about you. If you are open, if you are willing, this contents of this book will change your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerald | 1/8/2011

    " helped me understand folks who have lived with true hardship "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 10/26/2010

    " excellent, excellent and excellent. highly recommended for all Christians. this book is definitely a keeper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 10/7/2010

    " Throughout your life you've heard you're supposed to read this. Is today the day? Excellent devotional read for shame-based self-hating doubtees "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian | 8/3/2010

    " One of my favorite Brennan Manning books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 6/6/2010

    " There are many passages to mark in this book -- a lot of good thoughts about God's love for us and our openness to accept that love. "

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About the Author
Author Brennan ManningBrennan Manning spent his life and ministry helping others experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his own spiritual journey took him down a variety of paths, all of them leading to the profound reality of God's irresistible grace. His ministry responsibilities varied greatly - from teacher, to minister to the poor, to solidary reflective. As a writer, Brennan Manning is best known as the author of the contemporary classics The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba's Child, Ruthless Trust, The Importance of Being Foolish, Patched Together, and The Furious Longing of God.
About the Narrator

Dan Cashman is an American television actor, producer, and audiobook narrator who has also appeared in many television movies such as Dangerous Women, The Invisible Man, and The Pretender.