"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9)
How many of us struggle to truly accept the love and forgiveness of God? But it is through struggle that grace compels us to hold fast to hope in the cross of Christ and the power of God to reconcile all things. Brennan Manning has held many roles during his life--Franciscan priest, husband, recovering alcoholic, best-selling author, sinner, soldier and saint saved by grace. Born of his own struggles to embrace the love and grace of God, Manning is best known for The Ragamuffin Gospel. Brennan opens his heart to readers, sharing gritty details about his life behind the public eye in All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir. Moving and honest, All Is Grace trumpets the true magnitude of God's love-available to us in spite of our brokenness.
It has been over twenty years since the publication of The Ragamuffin Gospel, a book many claim as the shattering of Gods grace into their lives. Since that time, Brennan Manning has been dazzingly faithful in preaching and writing variations on that singular theme
"Yes, Abba is very fond of you!"
But today the crowds are gone and the lights are dim, the patches on his knees have faded. If he ever was a ragamuffin, truly it is now. In this his final book, Brennan roves back his past, honoring the lives of the people closest to him, family and friends whove known the saint and the sinner, the boy and the man. Far from some chronological timeline, these memories are witness to the truth of life by one who has lived it All Is Grace.
Brennan Manning has spent the past forty years helping others experience the reality of Gods love and grace. Its at the heart of everything hes written and done. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his spiritual journey has taken him down a variety of paths. He has taught seminarians, spoken to packed arenas, lived in a cave and labored with the poor in Spain, and ministered to shrimpers in Alabama. Brennan is best known as the author of the contemporary classics, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abbas Child, Ruthless Trust, The Importance of Being Foolish, Patched Together, and The Furious Longing of God.
Brennan's memoir is at once unvarnished and confessional, grippingly honest and poignantly tender. An unguarded peek into a life marked by foibles and blessings, gifts and pain, joy and regret. But always, in every paragraph, grace. Brennan has lived it, experienced it, and grasps the extraordinary power of God's great gift. - Max Lucado, pastor and bestselling author
Manning (The Ragamuffin Gospel) sums up this reluctant memoir: I am alive, but its been hard. Weathered and tired, Manning narrates his life through a cast of seminal players who have defined it, for better or worse, including an abusive mother. His dispassionate voice evokes trust. When attempting to articulate his relentless battle with alcoholism, he writes that the telling of it feels a weak attempt, but recounts these struggles lucidly to lay bare the thick darkness that was always behind any light in my life. The greatest regret in his life has been that he did not know how to be married. (He and his wife Roslyn were divorced after 16 years.) At points the narration feels tired and obligatory, as if he simply doesnt want to talk anymore. Conversely, that is the books appeal. Theres no cutting corners, no spinmeistering. If the book could be defined as a psalm, it would read, How pleasant it is when fellow travelers of faith can read anothers story and hear the ring of truth and, conquering that, still believe. (Oct.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.