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, study questions, and the author’s own epilogue, “Ragamuffin 10 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.”
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, author, The Gift for All People
This is a zestful and accurate portrayal that tells us unmistakably that the gospel is good, dazzlingly good.
—Eugene Peterson, author, The Message
Manning’s work comes with a foreword and a testimony, both evidence of its power. That’s a heavy load, but the book largely lives up to it. Scott Brick’s delivery helps; it may even be better read aloud than silently because Manning writes so much for the ear. Sounding like an educated but folksy minister—he is pitching his account to the ‘ragamuffins’ of the world, after all—Manning piles image upon vivid image. Brick picks up this cadence and pounds away at Manning’s message of an all-embracing love that emphasizes grace over judgment, perhaps grace even over dogma. Brick’s voice is both dramatic and reassuring.
Brennan Manning is often on the road, speaking of God’s unconditional love at church retreats and conferences. A popular author, his other books include The Signature of Jesus and Abba’s Child.