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Brennan Manning wrote The Ragamuffin Gospel "for the bedraggled, beat-up, and burnt-out," the marginalized folks to whom Jesus ministered: the children, the ill, the tax collectors, the women. In other words, the ragamuffins. Manning understands better than most that behind our facades of order and self-assurance are inadequacies that can find healing only in Jesus. While the powerful and religious elite challenged him, Jesus embraced and healed and fed the needs of the ragamuffins. Jesus delivered love, healing, and, most of all, grace.
Grace is defined as "the freely given and unmerited favor and love of God." But, as Manning points out, we have "twisted the gospel of grace into religious bondage and distorted the image of God into an eternal, small-minded bookkeeper." In reality, God offers us grace immeasurable. Brennan Manning gently encourages us to embrace that grace in the face of our greatest needs. And Manning certainly knows whereof he speaks, having taken a journey from priesthood and academic achievement through a collapse into alcoholism. Manning came face to face with his need, finally abandoning himself to grace. And he invites us now to join him in a life of grace.
Manning is without doubt one of the most eloquent writers on the subject of grace because he openly shares his own pain and struggle to help readers deal with failure and inadequacy. And he sweetly challenges them to do the same. --Patricia Klein --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Brennan Manning was a Korean War veteran and former Franciscan priest who became the best-selling author of more than twenty books, including The Signature of Jesus, Abba's Child, and All Is Grace. Prior to his death in 2013, Manning traveled widely, sharing the good news of God’s unconditional love in Jesus Christ.See all Product Description
There was only one other book ( not including my Bible ) that I had read more than once. That book was "Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan!Published 4 months ago by David J. Gray
I got sidetracked and am not quite finished reading it yet. However, what I have read [more than half] is very inspirational and I will quote him every chance I get.Published 14 months ago by Peter Langer
I found this book very helpful with the doubts I am facing on how to act within my faith everydayPublished 20 months ago by eric g budgell
I have not even finished this book totally but so far it has been great reenforsing why and what I believe and showing us all as christians what undeserved love we have been givenPublished on May 15 2010 by Sonya E.
Fresh, poignant and critical... liked the vantage point and suggest all Christians get a hold of it and read it !Published on Jan. 18 2010 by Steve C. Wick