Brennan Manning was a recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest who spent the last 40 years of his life helping others experience the reality of God’s love and grace. Here are 3 of his books you might want to read:
“Many Christians feel broken and angry but don’t think they can express these real feelings around others–or to God. So we put on a mask to hide our identity. Feelings of embarrassment and shame make us hide from the One who truly loves us. Author Brennan Manning encourages you to let go of this stressful, unreal impostor lifestyle and freely accept your identity as a child of God. Find the rest that you long for as you grow in character and accept His lordship.”
“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, “RagamuffinTen 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'”.
“It has been over twenty years since the publication of The Ragamuffin Gospel, a book many claim as the shattering of God’s grace into their lives. Since that time, Brennan Manning has been dazzingly faithful in preaching and writing variations on that singular theme – “Yes, Abba is very fond of you!” But today the crowds are gone and the lights are dim, the patches on his knees have faded. If he ever was a ragamuffin, truly it is now. In this his final book, Brennan roves back his past, honoring the lives of the people closest to him, family and friends who’ve known the saint and the sinner, the boy and the man. Far from some chronological timeline, these memories are witness to the truth of life by one who has lived it – All Is Grace.”
Erich’s note: Brennan died on April 12, 2013.
Your turn… Have you read any of Brennan’s books? If so, share some of your thoughts here.
- Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Brokenhearted (tbbmedia.wordpress.com)
- Brennan Manning’s Finest (crossquotes.org)
- As You Are (poetscircle.wordpress.com)
- Endurance and Perseverance. (racheladawson.wordpress.com)