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Great Insights Into Manning, But Incomplete,
This review is from: All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir (Hardcover)
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Brennan Manning's final book (as far as we know) is a memoir, and it spills light on all the years that he wasted and gave to alcohol, and does a great job of bringing the "saint" down to earth.
Some of the stories of his childhood and his rearing (or lack thereof) by his more-than-flawed parents are pretty disturbing, but at the same time, I feel like as Manning explores the depth of his own depravity, especially with regard to his alcoholism and how it destroyed his marriage, seem like they stop short. He paints himself as a pretty horrible sinner in the grip of God's grace, but the reader gets the feeling that there is more underneath, more details, more flaws, more failings.
But Manning can easily be forgiven if this insightful but uneven work keeps some of his great failings from us, because the picture of a flawed child of Abba that remains is definitely engaging, and should remind us all that "God does not love you as He wishes you were... he loves you as you are... now..."
Thank you, Brennan, for all the years of sharing yourself with us, and in the process, sharing Christ.