The Ragamuffin Gospel Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Dec 2006
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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"" --Eugene Peterson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Brennan Manning was a Korean War veteran and former Franciscan priest who became the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including "The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba s Child, The Parable of Willie Juan, "and "Ruthless Trust." His final book was his memoir, "All Is Grace." Prior to his death in 2013, Manning traveled widely, sharing the good news of God s unconditional love in Jesus Christ." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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!
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.
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This is one of those books that finds the reader when they need it most.
Honesty. Scandalous and life changing.
This and Abba Father are two of the best books I have read in years. Honest look at humanity and our condition. RecommendPublished 4 months ago by Paul
Controversial - yes. Worth a read - definitely! This is a Brennan Manning masterpiece which has challenged and inspired me and provoked many a theological debate among friends. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Emma
The most inspiring, uplifting book i have ever read!Published 7 months ago by Alisdair Iain Balfour
Light on theolog, little reference to the Bible, but this book has heart; recommended in addition to Bible reading.Published 7 months ago by A. Smith
A 'MUST READ' for anyone ...beautiful book ..and great service as usual :)Published 9 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 9 months ago by OpelColey