If you’ve browsed around my blog, you’ve likely noticed a theme throughout my writings. My focus is often on “attachment” or connection with God. This is a theme with those I work with and is also a key element of my spiritual journey – learning to connect with God as a responsive, caring Father. Attempting to connect with Him in this way has been incredibly rewarding. Certainly, my relationship with my earthly father was far from ideal, even abusive at times. So, experiencing God as loving and affectionate, rather than a manipulative, punitive, or angry authority figure has been a challenging journey….and I’m still walking down that essential path.
One gift on this journey was a book that found me last year. On a camping trip with my family a year ago, Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning sat amongst many random books that were offered for the taking. It was only recently that I began reading it with any consistency. Manning speaks bluntly about the imposter in us that seeks outward praise yet keeps us disconnected from God. Our identity as God’s “beloved” is expertly explained.
Manning writes, “When I draw life and meaning from any source other than my belovedness, I am spiritually dead. When God gets relegated to second place behind any bauble or trinket, I have swapped the pearl of great price for painted fragments of glass.” Click here for more valuable quotes from this book.
Ultimately, this is a book about restoration, transformation, and connection. I believe those who have suffered abuse – whether in relationships or religions – will find this book to be like fresh water, quenching the soul’s thirst for real, lavishing Love. May Manning’s wise words usher all of us into a deeper intimacy with the God who Jesus taught us to call Abba.
*I hope you invest some time in watching the above video – it is powerfully healing.