- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Multnomah (June 28, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781590525029
- ISBN-13: 978-1590525029
- ASIN: 1590525027
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 940 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out Paperback – June 28, 2005
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About the Author
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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And yet, there are a few troublesome details. I've been a member of mainline churches and Charismatic/Pentecostal churches. Manning identifies the problems of churches as a whole--but picks on the Charismatic/Pentecostal side when identifying specific issues (gifts, visions, ecstasy, etc.). A serious study of gifts from the Holy Spirit reveals they cannot be used as sources of pride but as tools to humbly share God's love--because they also stem from grace. But we're all people, and we'll use whatever is available in attempts to elevate self. The theological bent isn't the issue.
Another issue was Manning's emphasis on grace as in grace to offer forgiveness for sin--the starting point, for sure. But how about grace to overcome? He does touch on this in Chapter 10 titled "The Victorious Limp" when he deals with Peter's denial of Jesus. Yes, Peter received forgiveness--but that reality became the springboard for the overcoming power to become a powerful tool. This type of grace is also available for all Christians. Perhaps he should think about another book on that topic?
Nevertheless, I appreciated The Ragamuffin Gospel enormously. There is power in repeatedly emphasizing the message of God's unconditional love. We can never hear too much about grace