Brennan Manning is known most for his book, “The Ragamuffin Gospel”, a book that teaches those who are bedraggled, beat-up and broken-hearted that God not only loves them, but likes them as well. He attempted to convince readers that God delights in His people no matter what they say or do. He was ordained into the Franciscan priesthood and served as a theology instructor and campus minister at the University of Steubenville. He worked as the liturgy instructor and spiritual director at Saint Francis Seminary. He lived and worked among the poor in Europe and the U.S. He has written several books in addition to “The Ragamuffin Gospel”. A list of his works and a bio can be found on his website.
Zondervan has recently released The Ragamuffin Bible (NIV) that includes reflections and meditations by Brennan Manning. He takes you on a journey through the Bible, God’s personal memoirs, and proclaims the love and grace of God through his reflections and meditations.
I tried to read “The Ragamuffin Gospel” several years ago and gave up after a few chapters. I reread it in preparation for reviewing the Ragamuffin Bible and found a new appreciation for his work. If you are not already convinced that God loves you the way you are and can go so far as to believe that He likes you as well, you may not be ready for Manning’s book.
The Ragamuffin Bible is interspersed with Manning’s reflections from “The Ragamuffin Gospel”. I appreciated that the reflections and meditations were less than 1/2 a page and did not break up the Bible (inserted 1-2 pages between scripture) as some do when they include devotional works. In his Old Testament reflections, he showed how Jesus was presented even in the Old Testament.
If you are a fan of Brennan Manning and/or The Ragamuffin Gospel, you will certainly want to experience the Bible in the light of Manning’s insights. If you have never read any of Manning’s works, I strongly suggest that you read it first before deciding whether or not to purchase The Ragamuffin Bible. Manning is the kind of writer you will either enjoy or find reading his work tedious. There is no middle ground.
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