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.
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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.
With basically every sentence acting as a single quote, I found myself engulfed in the pages of Brennan Mannings' and Jim Hancocks' book "Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes (unmasking the real you). Prior to picking up this book, which laid dormant on my shelf for several months after receiving it in the mail, I had never finished a book in one day... ever. I read this non-stop... never putting it down. I walked to the kitchen to get a glass of water still saturating my mind with its pages. It seemed like every paragraph was something I wanted to share with the world.Sadly, as a product of reading this book, I've come to realize that I am probably the source of motivation for many to bring their poser to the surface because of my reactions to their lives. With this revelation comes a clear sense that I need to embrace the lives that I encounter. I need to make it an easy transaction of "real life" for "real life." Which means that when the layers come off, and the dirt is known, I react with nurture, love, and long term determination to bring belonging to that trapped soul that the "poser" has pushed out of the way. It's brought meaning to my life to intentionally pursue such a calling... one that empowers me to represent Christ, His love, and his determination to connect with the grime of this world.Here's a full review of this book I wrote directly after reading it: http://boughtandpaidfor.blogspot.com/2006/03/best-book-ive-ever-read-no-joke.html