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In Patched Together [Brennan] carefully weaves words that penetrate your soul and change you from the inside.”

Tom Davis, author of Fields of the Fatherless, Red Letters, and Scared


 

 



“Brennan Manning is a master storyteller, and he has once again used his marvelous gift to remind us of the one story that bears repeating.”
Ashley Cleveland, Grammy-winning gospel singer and songwriter



“Absolutely beautiful.”
Candi Pearson Shelton, singer, songwriter, and author of Desperate Hope

From the Back Cover

 “Patched Together is a very special story to me. It is, in many ways, my story …”

 
These words begin this rich story from Brennan Manning, the beloved author of The Ragamuffin Gospel. Follow the character Willie Juan, a lonely boy who finds belonging in the eyes of the mysterious Man of Sorrows, through three distinct seasons of his life: morning, noon, and night. Each season is filled with memorable characters, significant wounds, and lingering questions.
 
More than a charming tale, Patched Together is a remarkable story in which readers will see themselves. Willie Juan and readers alike will be connected by the thread that ties all the patches together—the everlasting truth that in the end, only Abba’s love remains.
 
From much-loved author Brennan Manning, comes a book for those who long to believe in the God who sees beauty in imperfection.

 

 

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; Original edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434700038
  • ASIN: B0045JL7O0
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,949,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Brennan Manning is a writer and speaker who leads spiritual retreats for people of all ages and backgrounds. He is the author of more than ten books, including Abba's Child , Ruthless Trust , The Ragamuffin Gospel , and Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes. A resident of New Orleans, he travels extensively in the U.S. and abroad to share the good news of the unconditional love of God.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Raquel S. VINE VOICE on December 3, 2009
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Patched Together is the second book by Brennan Manning I've read. The first book was The Furious Longing of God which left me breathless. Brennan's innate desire to deliver the message in a book format of our Abba Father's love for his hapless little children is akin to trying to capture a Category 5 hurricane in a bottle - but that does not stop him from trying! His efforts are not without results - his books have left me weeping more than once.

Patched Together is a fictional novel - a parable, if you will - of a boy named Willie Juan, a diversely racially mixed child with red hair, a body full of scars, and a bad leg. The boy's walk through life is depicted in three sections: morning, noon, and night.

The Morning part was clearly my favorite. It starts the book off strong as you learn about who Willie Juan is and how he became crippled and scarred. Because of his odd looks and bum leg, no one befriends him. If anything, the children, except one, are cruel to him. Then comes the Medicine Man during one of their festivals. No one wants to hear what the Medicine Man has to say, except for Willie Juan. And on that day, Willie Juan has made his first friend in Medicine Man - a friendship that would last a lifetime. What Medicine Man offers to Willie Juan, while seemingly too fantastic, impacts Willie Juan greatly and sets him on a journey for the rest of his life. (While clearly allegorical and symbolic, I truly wished I could have a bottle of amourine of my own!)

Noon depicts Willie Juan during his adult years; his successes and his incredible heartbreaks. Yet, when it seems Willie Juan doesn't want to deal with life anymore, despite being in the pinnacle of fame, his old friend Medicine Man appears again to comfort, encourage, and set him back on the path.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson VINE VOICE on December 1, 2009
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Patched Together-A Story of My Story is a merger of two previous works, The Journey of the Prodigal and The Boy Who Cried Abba. If you've read those books, most of this book is familiar to you. If not, it is a treasure trove of grace stories and Godsightings. Thus the three star rating. If you're familiar with those books, a short third chapter is the primary new material and you'll possibly be a little out of sorts. If you're unfamilar with his work, you will have found a new friend and possibly seen God in a new way. It all depends on your point of view.

The book is a semi-autobiographical parable of grace, the story of Willie Juan and his struggles with identity, faith, the church and life. It is divided into three portions; Morning, Noon and Night. This book is an honest exploration of the life of grace lived over time and the struggles to believe. It is great introduction to the writing of one of modern Christianity's greatest spiritual guides, and for the uninitiated a great value. With those caveats I recommend
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mayflower Girl on December 4, 2009
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I read Manning's "Ragamuffin Gospel" in the early 90s, and it totally transformed my relationship with God... so when I saw this book, I just had to order it. It's a very short book--so if you value things based on size, then perhaps you might not like it. However, if you value it based on the content--you will love it.

It tells the story of Willie Juan, a small boy of mixed origins being raised by his Grandmother in a border town called Hopi, Mexico. Willie Juan has scars from a fire he was in, as well as a bad leg. His hair is bright coppery red from some Irish ancestry. As a result, he is often teased and the brunt of jokes. His Grandmother, known as Calm Sunset, had a transforming experience at the Cave of Bright Darkness... and Willie travels there and has a transforming experience as well.

I don't want to give away too much--as the story is rather short. But it's a tale of God's enduring love. We see Willie Juan forget about God through success, and then come back to him. We see God continue to bless him and love him no matter what. We see God's love for Willie through Ana.

One of the recurring messages of the book is that God wants you to enjoy life...live with gratitude for all of God's gifts... enjoy your fajita. Live in the moment.

(On a side note.. I'm not sure about the facts of the story. I don't think fajita was even used as a term for food until the 70s...and my understanding is that it was a TexMex invention...not authentic in any way. But that in no way takes away from the story. :))
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel B. Ramey (blogger/author) VINE VOICE on March 18, 2010
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Growing up a cripple in a poor town in Mexico, Willie Juan is the subject of frequent ridicule. One day at a local festival, he meets his grandmother's friend, the Man of Sorrows/Medicine Man. This is the first time Willie Juan has had a friend!

Throughout the rest of the book, we follow Willie Juan throughout his adolescence and adulthood as he gets wrapped up in himself and in material things and loses sight of the Man of Sorrows, then rediscovers his friendship.

The book is a bit mystical in places, and clearly more allegorical than biopic, but it's an endearing story. I wouldn't base my theology on it, but it drove home an important point: God loves us and enjoys blessing us. He wants us to enjoy Him and His gifts. One line that really hit home for me is when the Medicine Man shared a meal with Willie Juan. He told Willie Juan that one day his father would ask him (Willie Juan) one question, and asked if he knew what that question was. Willie Juan, picturing Abba as a harsh judge, assumed the question would be about the bad things he'd done, but the question was, "Did you enjoy the tamale?" Certainly, there is more to pleasing God than whether we enjoyed a good meal, but I know that I often miss this aspect. God wants us to slow down and savor his gifts. That message - that God loves me so much that He wants to bless me with good things to be enjoyed - was the strongest theme I picked up from this book, and one of which I needed to be reminded.
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