The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

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Crown Publishing Group, Aug 19, 2008 - Religion - 267 pages
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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, and the author’s own epilogue, “The Scandal of Grace: Fifteen 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 a 19-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 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

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.
 

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Manning is a gifted writer. - Goodreads
A little hard to read. - Goodreads
The prose are simple yet powerful. - Goodreads
I loved this simple-but-not overview of the gospel. - Goodreads
Some of the illustrations were good though. - Goodreads
manning is a very engaging and passionate writer. - Goodreads

Review: The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

User Review  - Joe Stout - Goodreads

Manning is a gifted writer. What he gets so right in this book is precisely what he gets so wrong. What does he get right? Christians stop trying to make yourself acceptable to God. You already are. What does he get wrong? He applies that message to everyone, not just the bride of Christ. Read full review

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User Review  - Carole Sorensen - Goodreads

I was given this book as a gift and will forever be thankful. Brennan Manning brought the love of the Trinity to life for me as no other study. There were passages I reread several times because they ... Read full review

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Brennan Manning was a Korean War veteran and former Franciscan priest who became the best-selling author of more than twenty books, including The Signature of Jesus, Abba's Child, and All Is Grace. Prior to his death in 2013, Manning traveled widely, sharing the good news of God’s unconditional love in Jesus Christ.

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