- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Multnomah UK; Visual Ed edition (19 Sept. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590525124
- ISBN-13: 978-1590525128
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Ragamuffin Gospel:Visual Edition. Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out Paperback – 19 Sep 2005
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Brennan Manning does a masterful job of blowing the dust off of shop-worn theology and allowing God s grace to do what only God s grace can do amaze. "-Max Lucado, Bestselling author of The Gift for All People" I found deep comfort in realizing that Jesus loves even me, a ragamuffin, just as I am. "-Michael Card, Musician, recording artist, and author of A Violent Grace" This is a zestful and accurate portrayal that tells us unmistakably that the gospel is good, dazzlingly good. "-Eugene Peterson, Author of The Message"" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Brennan Manning has spent the past 40 years helping others experience the reality of God's love and grace. It's at the heart of everything he's written and done. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his spiritual journey has taken him down a variety of paths. He has taught seminarians, spoken to packed arenas, lived in a cave and labored with the poor in Spain, and ministered to shrimpers in Alabama. He currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. Brennan is best known as the author of the contemporary classics The Ragamuffin Gospel; Abba's Child; Ruthless Trust, and The Importance of Being Foolish. Most recently he has produced Patched Together and The Furious Longing of God.
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With these words Brennan Manning challenges us to ask ourselves if we really believe. Are we willing to cast aside our action steps, our striving human effort, and make room for the God who is present, gracious, and who does care for us? Read this book and find out why you should.
This is a must read book for Christians and for those considering becoming Christians. I have purchased several copies to give away to friends, and all who have read it have told me how much it has positively affected them.
Manning reminds us that Jesus set us free from living our lives according to a bunch of rules, - he paid the price for our sins; past, present and future so that we could live under the perfect law of freedom.
With scripture, anecdotes and personal stories he exposes the lies and tactics that we use on ourselves, or that are foisted on us by others that ultimately serve to manipulate us, or bring us back into that position where we live by the letter of the law rather than by the Spirit.
And most of all Manning helps us to see ourselves through God's eyes and understand the immense and unfathomable love that he has for each of us. And in doing so we no longer need to "act" righteous, but instead can admit our faults and struggles comfortable in the knowledge that Jesus' loves ragamuffins and that the goal of Christianity isn't to put on a facade of righteousness, but to acknowledge our struggles and truly understand and appreciate exactly why Jesus died for us. (And he points out that ironically, when churchgoers hide their shortcomings they actually create an atmosphere in which those most in need of Jesus - those with big problems - feel out-of-place).
This book is a must for those who struggle or have always recognized (or at least suspected) that many of those spit-and-polished people at church have more problems then they let on. And for those who are tired of kicking themselves and are ready to embrace Jesus' love and finally declare once and for all that there is no condemnation in Christ.
It should also be noted that Manning in no way encourages sin, but shows that accepting God's free gift without question is the first step toward living the best life that we can and facing our struggles without guilt and self-loathing.
And excellent book!
Manning's message hasn't been universally accepted. Many churches preach what has been called a "Jesus-plus" gospel: to be a proper Christian, you have to have Jesus and tithe your 10%. To be a proper Christian, you have to have Jesus and attend church three nights a week and twice on Sunday. To be a proper Christian, you have to have Jesus and pray for an hour a day.
This is a church that preaches the grace of Jesus but doesn't always practice it, and it's bringing Christians under condemnation for never being good enough. That's what Manning is saying: we will never be good enough on our own, but we are all good enough in Jesus. All we need is to accept God's grace. It's not that tithing, attending church or praying are bad--they're not--but they don't affect our salvation. God loves us unconditionally, and can't love us any more or any less.
And that's the Ragamuffin gospel. Jesus, and his grace extended to me and you. It's not what you do; it's Who you know. Recommended.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing a free ebook for review.
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Light on theolog, little reference to the Bible, but this book has heart; recommended in addition to Bible reading.Published 25 days ago by A. Smith
A 'MUST READ' for anyone ...beautiful book ..and great service as usual :)Published 2 months ago by shirley jenkins
An awesome book. What strikes me about this book is the grace that Manning describes. I cannot hear this too much.Published 2 months ago by OpelColey
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