Be who God made you to be. Adapted for teens and students from Brennan Manning’s best-seller Abba’s Child, this book will help you see how God’s grace sets us free to be who we really are. No more games, no acts, no masks. Discover your identity in Christ and be set free.
|Publisher:||Tyndale House Publishers|
|Series:||TH1NK LifeChange Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
BRENNAN MANNING is a writer and speaker who leads spiritual retreats for people of all ages and backgrounds. He is the author numerous books, including the best-seller Abba's Child. A resident of New Orleans, he travels extensively in the U.S. and abroad to share the good news of the unconditional love of God.
JIM HANCOCK writes, produces videos, and tells stories to groups of adolescents, youth workers, teachers, and parents on a regular basis. He lives by the ocean in San Diego with his wife, Susan.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've got to say that this book has the funniest title I've yet to lay eyes upon. Nevertheless, it goes deep into many spiritual matters that make it anything but comical. The Poser is written of as someone that is in each and every one of us. The Poser constantly has us put up a facade and prevents us from examining who we really are. He or she is like the Pharisees of Jesus' time who claim to be pious but are anything but. Through anecdotes, stories, and quotes from theological writings, the authors make their points. The Bible verses and stories that are quoted seem to be from a more modern translation. Readers can think of that what they may. While packed full of insight, my main criticism of this book is that it is not exactly a page-turner all the time. I can liken it to a physics textbook. You know what's in the book is important and that you should know it; however, sometimes you have to really make yourself read it.
Brennan Manning and Jim Hancock team together to re-create Manning's book Abba's Child for teens. This book is honest and real. It show cases a picture of how the devil tries to manipulate teens and their emotions. One of the most outstanding parts, in my opinion, was the way Manning and Hancock described the devil: the ultimate Poser. Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes addresses being who you really are in God's sight; in short, Abba's child. It talks about how God's grace sets us free to be real, the person he created. This book was really interesting. You should read it!
Posers, Fakers, & Wannabes is the youth-focused adaptation of Brennan Manning's best-selling book, Abbas's Child. This youth edition focuses on the identity-confusion many teens face as they approach a life filled with different individuals and philosophies that beg for their following. Having worked for many years with Christian youth, I have seen this identity confusion for too long and know it is a great need that must be addressed. For this reason, I initially approached Posers with great anticipation for the power it might have to change the outlooks of at least some of our youth. As I delved into Posers, however, I quickly recognized that Manning has not offered our youth any solid leads towards freedom-he has only muddied the waters. Rather than encouraging these children to seek guidance from their parents, from their pastors, or from their Bibles, he instead directs them to modern-age, "spiritual" philosophers and thinkers like Thomas Morton, Henri Nouwen, Karl Barth, Simon Tugwell, Theresa of Avila, Woody Allen and many, many more. In this one reader's opinion, Manning has failed to shed his own "poser, faker, wannabe" self. Rather than taking the unique opportunity to direct his youthful readers back to the real source of Truth, he instead uses the opportunity to try to prove to everyone that he reads a lot. He also shows that he does not understand basic Biblical truths (please contrast p.77 "all of us forgiven" to I John 1:9 or Romans 10:8-9 or any number of other passages that contradict his apparent belief of universal forgiveness), and in doing these two things, he teaches our children that the Bible (God's holy, spoken Word) is just a source like any other, to be taken or left or used as anyone sees fit. I do not recommend this book to anyone, really. I am grieved to say this not only because I fear many youth will be distracted from the authority of God's Word as they read it, but also because I greatly respect NavPress and greatly admire Jerry Bridges, a trustworthy man of God and the Word. [Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."] ©2011 E.T.