Monday, July 26, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: The Importance of Being Foolish by Brennan Manning.

Little did I know that when I started reading Brennan Manning what a controversial figure he was. In merely writing a quote from this book on my twitter I had multiple interrogations on my theology. Yet in the book I don't find the content to be controversial in nature but surprisingly simplistic in its challenges. This is the second Brennan Manning book that I have read and I think that a common theme is the desire to push people back to getting to know Jesus.

It seems maybe, like that is stating the obvious. After all isn't a "Christian" someone that is suppose to be a follower of the man called Jesus Christ? In recent news (can't remember the link) it was reported that people don't have a problem with Jesus per se, but they do have issues with Christians. My own experience as a youth worker would confirm this. The dream that my team works under is that the youth of our community would have the means to live a healthy life: physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We are motivated by our faith to reach out to kids and help them through life, and part of that is to help them get a hold of spiritual questions that they have - not to try to convert them into Christianity. With this clearly stated young people are much more likely to open up to us about their spiritual beliefs or lack thereof. But I have seen many church workers come in and force spiritual discussions on kids and the young people will shut down.

Manning shares a lot of examples from his own experiences that help illustrate these points, but I think the one that impacted me the most was the story where he talked about the frustrations that we have with other Christians that seem to operate so far from a relationship with Jesus. He and his friends were complaining until one started to weep and said, "they don't understand" (except he said it in Latin). Manning said that phrase moved him from resentment toward compassion. That was quite a convicting message for me.

So overall the book is basic, but compelling. If you are looking to get back on track with God - it may be a good place to start.
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