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  1. The Ragamuffin Gospel
    The Ragamuffin Gospel
    Brennan Manning
    Multnomah Books / 2005 / Trade Paperback
    $9.99 Retail: $15.99 Save 38% ($6.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 33 Reviews
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  1. North Dakota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Saving me!!
    April 13, 2012
    judykayrocks
    North Dakota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love it, I needed it & want to share this with others. Especially those of us with brokeness & have (or are) caught in the hopelessness of addiction, whatever it may be? Thanks!! J.
  2. winder, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Simplicity of the Gospel
    February 12, 2012
    Ina Givens
    winder, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ragamuffin Gospel was a reading that I would recommend to others especially young people. It presented the Gospel message in the most simple yet profound way. I especially enjoyed the spiritual retreat section. This section gave a lot of inspirational insight to help during anyone's hour of meditation and prayer. It gave a clear picture of living in the liberty which Christ has given us without one feeling inadequate for the Kingdom. It teaches one to live the life of righteousness with simplicity. I thank God that my mother in ministry recommended this book a long time ago; however I was not able to obtain a copy at that time but I certainly am glad that Blogging gave me the opportunity to gain a copy and review the book. I highly recommend this book. "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review".
  3. Ohio
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Breathtaking . . .
    January 30, 2012
    PastorDave
    Ohio
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Manning does a remarkable job revealing the true nature of grace. It's not an easy sell for many of us who have been raised to think that God is sitting in a cloud keeping score, hoping we are good enough to join Him someday. God's love is pretty tough to describe, but this book does it better than any other I have encountered.

    One more thing . . . God does not hate anyone, especially not us "sinners." Romans 5:6-8 is the perfect scripture: 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (1)

    Buy this book. It's the truth!

    (1) The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1996 (electronic ed.) (Ro 5:6-8). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  4. Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Overall Solid Book
    January 12, 2012
    mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Brennan Manning did a phenomenal job on his book, The Ragamuffin Gospel. His wit and wisdom are one of a kind. Using words that go straight to the heart, Manning has packed this edition with real life stories told in such a well-formulated manner and figures of speech that rival that of contemporary Anne Lamott, but told in a respectful way.

    This book specifically speaks to the broken down, burned out, and, well, ragamuffin. Jesus spent most of his time with such people and Manning pleads with the reader that this is how it reflected Jesus' ministry. The gospel is for the poor and needy. It is for the outcasts of this world. This book is about grace—the relentless and unmerited grace of God. It is by grace we have been saved and by grace we live, moment by moment. Every breath we take is by the grace of God. Reading this book will open any reader's eyes to the marvelous and awesome gift of grace. If reading this book does not leave the reader even more lost in with Creator God and his grace and love, they have yet not experienced that grace and love.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  5. Louisville
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Raggamuffin minus the Gospel
    March 24, 2011
    The Reformed Reader
    Louisville
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Book: Review

    I was initially excited about reading the book. My excitement was because the book has sold so many copies, because it was accepted well by many Protestants, and because Michael Card blurbed on it. I am not a crazy fan of any of the people who blurbed on the book, but I have always heard good things about Michael Card and it made me curious whether the book would be good or not. I also was really confused as to why so many protestant would blurb on a former Catholic priest's book that seeks out to define the gospel. The book is about Raggamuffins. Raggamuffins are ""the burdened, the wobbly and weak-kneed, the inconsistent, unsteady disciples... the smart people who know they are stupid... the honest disciples who admit they are scalawags." The book seeks out to demonstrate that Christ loves you, no matter where you are in your life and no matter what you are doing/ have done. The gospel according to Manning is that Jesus Christ so much loved these Raggamuffins that he would do anything to be in relationship with them. Manning then calls the reader to love others in a similar fashion.

    Reflections:

    "To evangelize a person is to say to him or her: you, too, are loved by God in the Lord Jesus"(The Ragamuffin Gospel p. 120).

    "You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you, and the name of which you do not know. Do not ask for the name now. . . . Do not try to do anything now. . . . Simply accept the fact that you are accepted." If that happens to us we experience grace. (p. 29).

    This is not a proper form of evangelism or even evangelism at all. Sinners need to be confronted by the fact that they are sinners and that they need an alien righteousness in Christ Jesus. Sinners are not loved by God they are actually hated (e.g. Romans 5:6-8, Proverbs 6:17, Proverbs 6:19, Ps. 139:22, 2 Peter 3:9, Romans 9:13, Proverbs 11:20, Psalms 5:5, Ps 16:6-9, Hosea 9:15, Lev 23:23). The gospel is not that you are accepted by God, but that you are alienated from God and an object of his wrath unless you repent and turn to Christ as Savior. Manning's gospel is a gross misinterpretation of the bible gospel. I recognize with Manning that Christ came for the sick, but the sick recognize that they were sick and need a doctor. Without the realization that one is alienated from God and that God hates his sin, one would be hard pressed to find a reason why we would even need Christ. Manning's gospel makes Christ apathetic to sin. For Manning, Christ does not care about your sin. This is problematic for the fact that the majority of the NT addresses the seriousness of sin, especially in the life of the church. 1 Cor 5 discusses what the church is to do if sexual sin is found within the church and that involves excommunication of an unrepentant sinner. In the story the woman at the well, Jesus forgives her sins, and calls us to sin no more. This story is not an example of the Christ being carefree in regards to sin, but Christ forgiving sin and calling for righteous living out of thankfulness from His grace.

    Here are some other problematic issues within the book

    Manning says, "God is a kooky God who can scarcely bear to be without us" (p. 165).

    Acts 17:24-25, Job 35:6, Psalm 50, Rev 4:11 demonstrate that God needs nothing and that only by his good pleasure did He create us. Creation was not out of necessity, but out of his good pleasure.

    Manning says: "The Story goes that a public sinner was excommunication and forbidden entry to the church. He took his woes to God. ‘They won't let me in, Lord because I am a sinner.' ‘What are you talking about?' said God. ‘They won't let Me in either (p. 30)."

    This is another example of Manning critiquing a scriptural command given to the church to discipline those who are living in unrepentant sin (1 Cor 5).

    Manning says: "Something is radically wrong when the local church rejects a person accepted by Jesus: when a harsh, judgmental and unforgiving sentence is passed on homosexuals; when a divorcee is denied communion; when the child of a prostitute is refused baptism; when an unlaicized priest is forbidden the sacraments" (The Ragamuffin Gospel, p. -28-9).

    Yet another example by Manning of God's apathy toward sin.

    Summary

    To be brutally honest, I did not enjoy the book at all. The book is one of those books that drags along. I found myself fighting to pick of up the book and looking forward to it being over. I did not struggling reading the book because of the bad theology as much as because it was bad writing. I often thoroughly enjoy reading bad theology or heresy, much like people enjoy reading the National Inquirer. I had to beat myself up just to read it. I think the reason that it has sold so much is probably because it is filled with one-liners and cliché sayings. I think there are some serious theological issues of concern in the book. I do not believe Manning understands the gospel or sin. I would not go to the extent to say Manning is an unbeliever, but just a believer who misunderstands scriptures teaching in regards to the gospel. I am still confused as to how Manning was a Catholic priest in light of his continual re-iteration of justification by faith alone apart from works (I do not believe he even explains this well). I think Manning's gospel makes Jesus out to be a cuddly Teddy Bear who wants to hug everyone. When I think of Manning's Christ I think of Barney the dinosaur dancing around hugging little kids. My language may seem harsh, but I truly think that it is fair to his arguments.
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