“The Impostor” by Brennan Manning

Currently I’m reading Brennan Manning’s Abba’s Child, and I have been pierced to the soul by his chapter “The Impostor.”  I thought I’d share Mr. Manning’s summary of “The Impostor”:

The impostor is the classic codependent.  To gain acceptance and approval, the false self suppresses or camouflages feelings, making emotional honesty impossible.  Living out of the false self creates a compulsive desire to present a perfect image to the public so that everybody will admire us and nobody will know us.  The impostor’s life becomes a perpetual roller-coaster ride of elation and depression… The impostor is a liar.”  (pp. 34, 35)

Mr. Manning’s next two chapter’s are “The Beloved” and “Abba’s Child,” where the healing begins…

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