Completed shortly before Manning’s recent death, this book lays out a month of honest prayers to God -- whom Manning affectionately calls “Abba” -- in a devotional format designed to guide and inspire the reader’s own prayers. The morning and evening entries each present a Scripture passage, a select excerpt from Manning’s contemporary spiritual classics, and a concluding “Dear Abba” prayer.
These morning and evening devotions contain poignant cries for help, expressions of wide-eyed wonder, and invitations into the comforting mercy of God. As Manning writes in his preface, “My prayer is that these words will push you closer to that place of quiet rest, near to the heart of Abba, just the two of you.”
Michael W. Smith
"Brennan Manning's Dear Abba will lead you on an intimate prayer journey, bring you to a greater awareness of God's abiding presence, and restore your weary heart."
-- author of the Divine Hours prayer manuals
"If ever there were an embracing, joyful, health-giving collection of daily devotions and prayers, this one most surely is it. Offering beautiful exercises for the soul and consoling counsel for the mind, Dear Abba is a treasure to hold close to one's life day after day after lengthening day."
-- author of Fully Alive and The Papa Prayer
"From heaven Brennan speaks again with raw honesty, unassuming humility, and passionate thirst. His prayers lift my mind and soul into the wonder of grace."
Congregational Libraries Today
“Dear Abba is inspiring, encouraging, thought provoking and life affirming. . . . It is appropriate for clergy and for congregational libraries; it should be included in all devotional collections. It would make an excellent choice for individuals seeking to enrich their prayer life and for those in need of spiritual encouragement.”
“Dear Abba by Brennan Manning is a 31-day sharing of some of Manning’s personal devotional thoughts expanding on Scripture portions. . . . Using this small volume for morning and evening devotions made me want to read his other books.”