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Brennan studied at St. John’s, the University of Missouri, Columbia, and the Catholic University of America to be ordained a Franciscan priest in 1963. He later taught theology at the University of Stuebenville in Ohio, and served as spiritual director of St. Francis Seminary in Pennsylvania. Then, veering off the seemingly charted course of his life, he fell into the mire of alcoholism. Some would ask "How?" or "Why?" Perhaps the answer lies with the Lord, who may have allowed Brennan to walk through dark valleys so he could later lead others to the Light.

Out of his personal pain and turmoil came a powerful ministry that testifies to God’s boundless grace and mercy. When he isn’t speaking at Christian colleges across the country or directing spiritual retreats, Brennan writes. Of the works he’s delivered thus far, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Embracing the Unconditional Love of God is perhaps the most revered.


 
The Ragamuffin GospelThe Ragamuffin Gospel
Brennan Manning
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For more than 15 years, Manning's bestseller The Ragamuffin Gospel has reminded us that Jesus did not come for the pretty, pious and powerful. Instead, he came for the "bedraggled, beat-up and burnt-out" ragamuffins who desperately need his grace. Dispelling the myth that you must work to receive God's gift of grace and joy, Manning, a fellow ragamuffin, reveals the true nature of a freely-given and unrelenting grace that's available to all. Drop the burden of never measuring up and revel in the comfort of a God who loves you for who you are - not for who you think you should be.

This 2005 release includes a new epilogue, "The Scandal of Grace: Fifteen Years Later," and a new section "19 Mercies: A Spiritual Journey" of reading, prayer, and contemplation.
     


 
Reflections for RagamuffinsReflections for Ragamuffins
Brennan Manning
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When it comes to God's love, we are all ragamuffins---bedraggled sinners yearning for our Father's acceptance. Drawn from the powerful writings of best-selling author Manning, this contemplative collection of 365 daily meditations and uplifting monthly essays encourages you to open your heart to the gift of God's grace and bask in the joy of his unconditional love. 384 pages, softcover from HarperCollins.


     

 
Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging, Expanded EditionAbba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging, Expanded Edition
Brennan Manning
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Many Christians have bought into the lie that we are worthy of God's love only when our lives are going well. If our families are happy or our jobs are meaningful, life is a success. But when life begins to fall through the cracks and embarrassing sing threaten to reveal our less-than-perfect identity, we scramble to keep up a good front to present to the world - and God. We cower and hide until we can rearrange the mask of perfection and look good again. Sadly, it is then that we wonder why we lack intimate relationships and a passionate faith. In Abba's Child, Brennan Manning encourages readers to let go of the imposter lifestyle and freely accept our belovedness as a child of the heavenly Father. In Him there is life, our passion is rekindled, and our union with Him is His greatest pleasure. This expanded version includes a discussion guide (written by the author) for personal reflection.

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The Signature of JesusThe Signature of Jesus
Brennan Manning
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This book addresses radical discipleship. Discipleship is our response to grace. Whatever measure of grace we have received and to whatever degree of discipleship we are called, every Christian stands under the Cross of Jesus Christ wherein we find salvation.


     

 

 
Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin's Path to GodRuthless Trust: The Ragamuffin's Path to God
Brennan Manning
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His major work---The Ragamuffin Gospel---reminded us how furiously God loves us. Now Manning examines the major obstacle to living in that unconditional love and grace---our inability to trust God ruthlessly. A life-changing discussion of how the whole of Christian practice can be summed up in a single 5-letter word---trust. 190 pages, softcover from HarperSanFrancisco.

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Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes: Unmasking the Real YouPosers, Fakers, and Wannabes: Unmasking the Real You
Brennan Manning
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To be God's child, we've got to be real. There's no faking our way into heaven. No hitchhiking or smuggling ourselves in either. We can't fool God. The good thing is: the Father already knows us exactly as we are. He knows how we think and act. While it might be somewhat embarrassing at times, God's complete knowledge actually gives us freedom to come to terms with everything in our lives: the good, bad, and unspeakable. Taken from Brennan Manning's best-seller, Abba's Child this book helps us see how God's grace sets us free - free to be who we really are. No more games, no acts, no masks. Just ourselves, as we really are in Him.

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The Relentless Tenderness of JesusThe Relentless Tenderness of Jesus
Brennan Manning
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Discover two very different sides of God! Peruse the pages of this book of insightful meditations and you'll encounter Christ's explosive power and his incredible tenderness. You will be forever changed as Manning calls you to "adopt the astonishing life of a committed disciple." Perceptive writing flavored with tough-love honesty. (Originally published in 1986.) 192 pages, softcover from Baker.


     

 
The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like  JesusThe Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus
Brennan Manning
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From the beloved author of The Ragamuffin Gospel comes a passionate call to live like Jesus...even if the world thinks you're crazy! Learn how you can avoid the traps of money, sex, and power; orient your life according to the gospel; and gain the greatest treasure of all: God's kingdom. 224 pages, hardcover from HarperSanFrancisco.


     

 
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