Fifteen Faces of God
A Quest to Know God Through the Parables of Jesus
By Michael Father Manning
(Doubleday Religion, Hardcover, 9780385531610, 208pp.)
Publication Date: March 16, 2010
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The parable, a short story told to impart a lesson to the listener, was the chief teaching tool of Jesus Christ. In this delightful and inspirational book, author Michael Manning, the TV host of The Word in the World, takes readers on a journey through fifteen of the most beloved parables from the New Testament, in order to enlighten the many different ways seekers can understand God’s presence in their daily lives.
From the parable of the talents to the stories of the wedding feast and the Good Samaritan, Manning shows us that God has many faces to meet the diverse challenges we all experience. Certainly God can be seen as a parent or an authority figure, but as the parables demonstrate, God is also a humble servant, a conversationalist, a friend, a risk taker, and an optimist, to name just a few. Knowing this and experiencing God’s many faces can dramatically change your life forever.
In our fast-paced, hectic society, Manning’s practical guide for walking a spiritual path is an illuminating, multidimensional work that will help readers to slow down, stop, look, listen, and gaze upon the beautiful faces of God and all his creation.
MICHAEL MANNING is a Catholic priest who has served as high school teacher, vocation director, provincial, prison chaplain, and pastor. He is a popular speaker at parish missions, conventions, and international retreats and is the founder and president of Wordnet Productions. His program, The Word in the World, is seen weekly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. He is also the host of the daily iPhone app commissioned by the Vatican Observatory Foundation, Daily Sermonettes. Each sermonette is a five minute video with scripture teachings and commentary from Michael Manning. To learn more about this app visit www.DailySermonettes.com. To learn more about Michael Manning, visit www.wordnet.tv.
Praise for Fifteen Faces of God
“There are times in our lives, and especially in the life of our country, when we are all enduring unusual stress. At such times, there are special gifts that come along which provide a glimmer of hope, of comfort, of strength, in the realization that, even though times are bleak, there is reason to hope. One of those gifts is a little book entitled, Fifteen Faces of God, by Michael Manning. He is a gifted writer and has the gentle ability to reach into the human heart, especially the hurting heart, and bring comfort and healing and hope, a hope that comes from the reality that God is nearby.”
– Father Joseph F. Girzone, author of Joshua: A Parable for Today and Jesus: A New Understanding of God’s Love
“Michael Manning reveals the stories of Jesus as ones which highlight the activity of God in our everyday lives. Through Manning's expert guidance we see the many faces of God that we encounter each day but sometimes miss. We are in Manning's debt for lowering the Divine veil and making God's presence more accessible.”
– Father Edward L. Beck, author of God Underneath, ABC News Contributor
“Jesus is the face of God turned toward us. In these reflections on fifteen Gospel parables, Michael Manning gives us a glimpse of how Jesus himself saw the face of the One he called Father. Ponder these pages and behold the luminous traces of the God who is toward us, for us, with us, and in us.”
– His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles
“In Michael Manning's Fifteen Faces of God, I had hoped to see Christ's parables in new, challenging, encouraging ways and I did. But then something even more wonderful happened: as I reflected on each brief chapter's questions, I found that as I was seeking to better know God, He was asking me if I really knew who I was eyes and what would be possible if I embraced His parables more fully. This book is a gentle companion in tough world.”
– Robert J. Wicks, Psy.D., author of Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fullness of Life
“Just as Jesus was a master storyteller, Father Michael Manning is a skilled interpretor of the parables, adept at translating the wisdom, insight, and love that lives at their core.”
– Therese Borchard, author of Beyond Blue on Beliefnet.com
“What a gift Father Manning gives us in his book Fifteen Faces of God. This is a book for everyone who wants to hear and see the parables in a fresh way and so recapture who God can be for them on their journey of faith.”
– Father Dominic G. Grassi, co-author of Living the Mass: How One Hour a Week Can Change Your Life
“In Fifteen Faces of God, Father Michael Manning interprets key parables of Jesus for contemporary readers. By bringing these ancient stories to new life, Manning invites us to recognize God as ever-loving and ever-present – here and now. His engaging commentary, prayers for reflection and questions for discussion are firmly grounded in today’s realities. Great for individuals as well as scripture study groups.”
– Meredith Gould, Ph.D., author of The Catholic Home and Why Is There a Menorah on the Altar?