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Adapted from Abba's Child, this book shows students how, with God's grace, they don't need to put on an act––they can just be real.
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.
Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes
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Posers, Fakers, & Wannabes
Teenage years can be brutal. There is a constant pressure to fit in and be liked. Unfortunately, this pressure often causes teenagers to conform to what they believe others want them to be. In his book, Posers, Fakers & Wannabes, Brennan Manning shows readers the problem with developing false personas, and the freedom that can be gained when this activity is stopped. His main premise relies on the fact that God loves us just as we are. There is no need to hide who we are from God, or anyone else.
Although the book is intended for teenagers, it does not read like a typical self-help book meant for this age group. In fact, most teenagers probably will not be familiar with many of Brennan’s references. For example, he only alludes to older movies such as Woody Allen’s Zelig (1983) and Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). Brennan also relies heavily on anecdotes from classic literature, a feature I personally enjoyed. At some points, the amount of quoted material distracted from Brennan’s main points. Nevertheless, Posers, Fakers, & Wannabes is a great book for teaching both teenagers and adults to remove their masks and accept who they are.
2/22/2011 2:34:29 AM
Story behind the story:
NavPress provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am under no compulsion to provide a favorable review. But I wonder, is it bad that I brought my free book and free coffee into Panera to claim my free pastry and free internet? Panera gets a positive review!!
This recasting of “Abba’s Child” for an emerging generation of readers focuses primarily on the first label in the title – “The Poser.” The idea is to realize who we are in Christ and how to live honestly with our struggles. Brennan Manning, author of The Ragamuffin Gospel, speaks from personal experience about the danger of acting like we have it all together in front of others. Some of his first declarations are opening up about the reality of sin in his life. He no longer is going to hide behind the “Christian smile” and the “everything is good with God” mindset. He shows us the better (and freeing) alternative of honesty to the world, myself, and God. He reveals that our identity is Christ is a much greater realization in my life than self-deception.
The Real Story:
I heard a pastor say recently that if you want to grow in your Christian walk, camp out on what God’s love for me really looks like. This refreshing look at the love of God and brutal honesty about myself really gave me some great things to dwell on.
I do have a word of caution. This book’s target audience is the teen generation. This message is essential for any teen generation, but there are some more mature themes and even at least one instance of mild language. We also have some theological disagreements. If a teen is encouraged to read this book, it would be important for a parent to travel this road with them and read the book (maybe even in advance).
If I were to title this book, I would leave out the “Fakers and Wannabes” as I believe this may be the only time these words are used within the pages. Keep it simple… “Posers: unmasking the real you”
However, with all that said, these authors have gained my respect as fellow believers. They have struggled, but are willing to openly share their struggles. My favorite passage is in the closing pages – the story of the dog’s dilemma. Excellent.
“My Identity in Christ” Bible Study; The Preacher’s Ecclesiastes – “Soap Bubbles, Soap Bubbles…all is Soap Bubbles.”
3 smiling masquerade masks out of 5.
2/20/2011 7:13:23 PM
Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes by Brennan Manning and Jim Hancock
Adapted from Brennan Manning's milestone book Abba's Child, this version 'translated into youth language' is wonderfully clear. It effectively communicates that as children of Jesus’ Father, we should look at our standing in him for a healthy self-assessment.
Can I just say: I loved this book. Manning has a real sense of God’s grace, and it’s so well communicated. Two characters that we have all developed but are both equally offensive to God are identified, the Poser and the Pharisee, and the book attacks each in turn, arguing from the Bible that neither should hold any weight when it comes to judging ourselves or each other.
If I had to highlight any bits of the book which disappointed me, I’d have to say that it seemed to end rather abruptly. I’d have liked a nice conclusion, but there wasn’t one.
Overall, I really liked this book. There’s a lot of very good stuff in there, I have to say I went a bit crazy with my highlighters! I’d recommend it to any Christian of just about any age from about 13 up.
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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
2/4/2011 9:22:09 AM
I have to admit, though this was a well-written book with a wonderful message, I had a tough time following it. It seemed to me to jump around a lot. I know this book is written for teens so maybe that’s why I had a tough time with it. Perhaps I went into this book with different expectations and that is what affected my reading.
It had some really great points, but it didn’t flow for me very well. I have read many other books by Brennan Manning and enjoyed them all. I just didn’t feel like this one read as smooth as the others.
The underlying message is one that teens need to hear. It is important to be yourself as a loved child of God, rather than trying to be something to please your parents or your peers. God made us to be just as we are and there is no need for fakes and masks.
The book reads quickly with important points highlighted and only being 174 pages, it seems it would hold the attention of teens.
I was provided a free copy of this book from NavPress publishers as part of their blogger review program. I was not obligated to provide a positive review. The opinions contained in this post are strictly my own.
1/18/2011 12:00:24 PM
One of the best books!
Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes has to be one of the most authentic, and realistic christian book of literature since C.S. Lewis`s Mere Christianity.
It allows the christian to feel they are most than just a sinner, but someone whom is so loved by God, and embraced by grace and pure acceptance. For anyone tired of religion or interested in learning what Christianity really means.
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