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The Furious Longing of God. By Brennan Manning

"I am my beloved's, and his desire is for me." - Song of Songs 7:10
Jesus, why? Why do you desire me so furiously? I will never understand it. But knowing it makes me want to cry. I so often desire other things more. I am so sorry.
"May you live with an awareness that the Father not only loves you, but likes you" Gosh, is that powerful. God likes me. He likes being around me. He likes my dumb jokes. He likes when my nostrils flare. He doesn't think I am annoying. He does not get tired of me. He would lpve to spend every waking moment of every day with me. Sheesh!
"Off and on throughout the day, you will just know that you are being seen by Jesus with a gaze of infinite tenderness." Thank you, Jesus. May I gaze back in gratitude.
"The men and women who are truly filled with light are those who have gazed deeply into the darkness of their own imperfect existence."
"For His love is never, never, never based on our performance, never condition…

So, you don't want to go to church anymore.

By Dave Coleman and Wayne Jacobsen
Okay, so. This book was really good. The plot was kinda cheesy and what not, but what the book said really spoke to my heart in a lot of ways.
It starts off with a bunch of people who just left church arguing about trivial things, accusing each other, and just being generally mean. Well- out of blue, John comes in and simply says, "You don't really know who Jesus is, do you?" It was the peaceful stillness and simplicity that caught the attention of the crowd and brought a close to the chaos. From the start, that trait in the character of John was something that make my heart skip a beat. It's the very character and spirit of Jesus himself. This stillness and quiet peace is displayed in John throughout the book. Even when the other main character, Jake, who is on a spiritual journey with God throughout the book gets really mad and defensive, John still maintains his composure. No- I take that back, he actually LOVES in a way I could …