Tuesday, February 17, 2015

TBR Pile: The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning


A Furious Love Is Hot on Your Trail! 

Many believers feel stunted in their Christian growth. We beat ourselves up over our failures and, in the process, pull away from God because we subconsciously believe He tallies our defects and hangs His head in disappointment. In this newly repackaged edition--now with full appendix, study questions, and the author's own epilogue, ""Ragamuffin" Ten Years Later," Brennan Manning reminds us that nothing could be further from the truth. The Father beckons us to Himself with a "furious love" that burns brightly and constantly. Only when we truly embrace God's grace can we bask in the joy of a gospel that enfolds the most needy of His flock--the "ragamuffins." 

Are you bedraggled, beat-up, burnt-out? 

Most of us believe in God's grace--in theory. But somehow we can't seem to apply it in our daily lives. We continue to see Him as a small-minded bookkeeper, tallying our failures and successes on a score sheet. 

Yet God gives us His grace, willingly, no matter what we've done. We come to Him as ragamuffins--dirty, bedraggled, and beat-up. And when we sit at His feet, He smiles upon us, the chosen objects of His "furious love." 

Brennan Manning 's now-classic meditation on grace and what it takes to access it--simple honesty--has changed thousands of lives. Now with a Ragamuffin's thirty-day spiritual journey guide, it will change yours, too. 


Includes New 30-Day 

Spiritual Journey Guide 

" 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 AllPeople" 
"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" 
Story Behind the Book 

The world assigns value to people using measurable standards. Someone is a successful student if she receives As. Someone is a strong athlete if he runs five miles a day. The Lord, however, knows nothing of standards. "The Ragamuffin Gospel" was inspired by Brennan Manning after he discovered firsthand what it means to live by grace instead of performance. His words bring new life and sweet refreshment to Christians who are tired of never measuring up.


Published June 8th 2000 by Multnomah

Why I Want to Read This:

During college, dealing with our faith in a rubber-meets-the-road fashion, my friends and I passed this little tome around non-stop. I think I (somehow) still have my original copy despite having loaned it out to others extensively. (Some of my friends are still missing their original copies, I think.) Anyway, this book stood up and filled in some of the gaps in our understanding between what grace and truth look like mixed together. This world is ugly, but God's grace is beautiful, and nothing is going to change that! I would love to read this book again sometime soon simply to rediscover some of the insights that hit me like a ton of bricks.

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