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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. John Blase. Since that time, Brennan Manning has been dazzingly faithful in preaching and writing variations on that singular theme —. 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. Far from some chronological timeline, these memories are witness to the truth of life by one who has lived it — All Is Grace.
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Oct 22, Christopher rated it it was amazing. Brennan Manning's farewell book really got to me. Through most of the book, I thought it was interesting to read his life story and that the book was "okay. This man will never stand before the spotlights again in this lifetime, but I cannot deny how much the legacy of this broken ragamuffin has shined the light of God's grace upon my own life time and time again.
May 28, Laura rated it really liked it. As Yancey says in the forward: "I heard the details of Brennan's life: his loveless childhood, his marathon search for God, his marriage and divorce, his lies and cover-ups, his continuing struggles with alcohol addiction. As you read this memoir, you may be tempted, as I was, to think, 'Oh, what might have been Brennan then twists the knife by reminding me of myself when he talks about the frustration his wife felt at him for not being willing to be a part of the human race.
I know exactly what he is talking about. I was almost about to accept this memoir as a cautionary tale should I ever think my job is to rescue everyone while neglecting my family and myself but that is oversimplifying a real person who has thousands of layers. So by the end of the book I finally stopped looking for the trigger that dropped the trapdoor and let myself see the beauty in the wounded healer. View 1 comment. May 02, Todd Wilhelm rated it it was amazing. This is an autobiography of Brennan Manning.
While reading it I was moved to tears, not something I am prone to do. I can give no better recommendation. A grace that pays the eager beaver who works all day long the same wages as the grinning drunk who shows up at ten till five. A grace that hikes up the robe and runs breakneck toward the prodigal reeking of sin and wraps him up and decides to throw a party no ifs, ands, or This is an autobiography of Brennan Manning. A grace that hikes up the robe and runs breakneck toward the prodigal reeking of sin and wraps him up and decides to throw a party no ifs, ands, or buts.
A grace that raises bloodshot eyes to a dying thief's request - "Please, remember me" - and assures him, "You bet! This vulgar grace is indiscriminate compassion. It works without asking anything of us. It's not cheap. It's free, and as such will always be a banana peel for the orthodox foot and a fairy tale for the grown-up sensibility. Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try to find something or someone it cannot cover. Grace is enough. He is enough. Jesus is enough.
John, the disciple Jesus loved, ended his first letter with this line: "Children, be on your guard against false gods. Abba's love cannot be comprehended. I'll say it again: Abba's love cannot be comprehended. I happened upon a little notepad, the kind people used to keep beside telephones.
It was multicolored, pastels of pink and green and blue. I'd never seen anything like it. I thought it was gorgeous, surely something that would thrill my mother. Christmas morning came, and we were all there-my parents and grandparents, my brother and sister and me.
As my mother began opening my gift, I held my breath in anticipation. She tore the wrapping paper away and just stared at the notepad. What a waste of money! I felt like I'd purchased the Hope Diamond for her, but it wasn't enough. I just didn't understand. I was crushed. Yet it is there, evidence of a ragamuffin's lifelong wondering.
Here is my answer, the answer that is, as Thomas Merton wrote, "the 'Yes' which brings Christ into the world. I know that's true because of an experience I had on a November day in My mother had been dead and gone for close to ten years. As I was praying about other things, her face flashed across the window of my mind.
It was not a worn face like that of an old mother or grandmother, but a child's face. I saw my mother as a little six-year-old girl kneeling on the windowsill of the orphanage in Montreal. Her nose was pressed against the glass; she was begging God to send her a mommy and daddy who would whisk her away and love her without condition. As I looked, I believe I finally saw my mother; she was a ragamuffin too.
And all my resentment and anger fell away. The little girl turned and walked toward me. As she drew closer, the years flew by and she stood before me and aged woman.
She said, "You know, I messed up a lot when you were a kid, But you turned out okay. She kissed me on the lips and on both cheeks.
At that moment I knew that the hurt between my mother and me was real and did matter, but that it was okay. The trusting heart gives a second chance; it is forgiven and, in turn, forgives. I looked at my mother and said, "I forgive you. May 02, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: spiritual-memoir. Sometimes I get tired of being a Christian, let alone a pastor.
I struggle with doubt: Is God really there or when I pray am I just talking to myself? In this book Brennan Manning bears his soul, being honest about his struggles with alcoholism and his failure as a husband.
He does not write as a man whose life is altogether, he does not write from a tower of self-confidence. Instead, he writes as a broken man caught by the love of Jesus. As I read this book over and over again I thought, yes, I can worship the kind of loving God Brennan Manning keeps talking about. Oct 11, Josh Morgan rated it really liked it. Brennan Manning has long emphasized the importance of grace and God's unconditional love.
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