Accepting Abba’s Affection

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.

Categories Attachment, Connection, Faith

7 thoughts on “Accepting Abba’s Affection

  1. Forest, we really are soul brothers of a sort. Your appreciation of Brennan Manning is well earned. The two books I most recommend of his are “Ragamuffin Gospel” and “Abba’s Child” (as I note in: – and I can see Manning’s fingerprint all over many of your articles. It is his honest and hard won struggle to personhood and childhood as Abba’s child – and he gives us such a winsome vocabulary to borrow – as men – to go to Abba without shame or fear of recrimination. Thanks for your courageous honesty in this, and some of the other articles I’ve been browsing. rusted.


    1. Rusty, it is so encouraging to connect with you through writing. The amazing thing about all of this is that I found “Abba’s Child” at a free library at a campground a couple of years ago….maybe it found me? So, God is at work and continues to be. I’d love to connect with you and I have a question. Feel free to email me at Thanks!


  2. Great sources. No doubt, you’re an authority in the industry.


    1. I’ve done my research and practiced what I write about but I am not an “expert” in spiritual connection.


  3. Thank you so much for sharing this, my heart needed to heart it today.


    1. Jeff,
      You’re so welcome! I’m so grateful that God used this to touch someone else besides me 🙂
      Curious, did you watch the video?


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