Manning opens the book with a statement of concern about the current state of Western spirituality, and recommends as an antidote the Biblical wisdom which is personified in Jesus Christ and His essential tenderness toward "us sin-scarred ragamuffins." It is not suggested that God's justice is negated by this tenderness, but rather that it is "because He is just that He is compassionate…for He knows our weakness." The author shares personal experiences that have led him into a deeper relationship with God as a loving father with a heart of tenderness and invites the reader to embrace our Lord's unfathomable mercy and grace.
Manning contends that "every change in the quality of a person's life must grow out of a change in his or her vision of reality." The insights shared in this book have life-changing potential for the reader who comes to it with an open heart and mind, willing to re-examine the sometimes distorted popular image of God
I would encourage the reader to find a quiet place to read and reread this book slowly, carefully, prayerfully, and in small increments, allowing time for the simple but powerful truth of God's tenderness to saturate his spirit.