Ragamuffin Gospel Paperback – 1 Jun 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
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. Michael W. Smith has been a popular figure since his debut in christian music in 1982. Smith has been awarded six Gold records, four consecutive Gold albums, two Grammy awards and six Dove awards. He resides in Nashville with his wife and five children.
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It hints at a God who is more loving and merciful than many people imagine.
I've only given it three stars because there is an annoying characteristic of the author to talk about receiving as an act of growth. This is fine and lovely when comparing the idea of 'receiving' to the idea of 'doing' to gain God's approval. But a lot of the book talks about receiving from God and simply letting him act within us. This is all very well but there is one thing that the author forgets to mention: That God is invisible. He doesn't elaborate on how to receive from God. So readers like me are stuck with the usual questions (like 'How?' - the unanswered question that seems to follow every single sermon, whether written or spoken).
How do you receive an invisible gift from an invisible God when you can't actually do anything?
I wasn't sure about some of the author's 'tough love' anecdotes either. Brennan Manning suggests that the only thing that makes God angry is believing that he is anything less than loving, graceful, forgiving and merciful.
I suppose that is better than portraying an angry God concerned only with judgment.
However, Brennan does tend to use words that I needed a dictionary which can be a bit off-putting and could spoil the context of the information being given. Generally speaking, this book is well worth reading.