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Ragamuffin Gospel | [Brennan Manning]

Ragamuffin Gospel

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 new edition - now with a foreword by Michael W. Smith, testimony by Rich Mullins and the author's own epilogue, "Ragamuffin Ten Years Later," Brennan Manning reminds us that nothing could be further from the truth.
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Publisher's Summary

A Furious Love Is Hot on Your Trail!

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 new edition - now with a foreword by Michael W. Smith, testimony by Rich Mullins and the author's own epilogue, "Ragamuffin Ten 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."

©2005 Brennan Manning; (P)2009 christianaudio.com

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    Jellique 03-02-13
    Jellique 03-02-13
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    Would you listen to Ragamuffin Gospel again? Why?

    I would listen to Ragamuffin Gospel again because it challenges the mind to process why someone live a Christian life and how it really affects one's character by pondering the magnificane of the love of God.


    What other book might you compare Ragamuffin Gospel to and why?

    I would compare Ragamuffin Gospel to Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. These books have a clear, strait forward, message that is very captivating for the analytical mind. God becomes more alive and real than in any other book a part from the Bible. All the fluff has been cut out and one is left to read direct thinking.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing the content needed someone who could covey this strait forward thought without a listener getting lost is a sappy tone of voice and vocal inflections.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I could not turn off the player. I almost listened to it in one setting. It is some good insightful stuff!!!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Houston, TX, United States 02-28-11
    Sharon Houston, TX, United States 02-28-11
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    "Ragamuffin Gospel"

    I'm one of those people who hates reading but on the contrary I have my iPod glued to my hand. Having this audible book was/is amazing! I would have missed out on a lot if this weren't available due to my laziness! I recommend this book to anyone; Brennan Manning is awesome and gave me a new and greater meaning of God's grace.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Eden, NY, United States 08-30-12
    Kindle Customer Eden, NY, United States 08-30-12

    Retired teacher. Hometown: Eden, NY.

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    "JUST AS WE ARE, NOT AS WE 'SHOULD' BE"

    “Manning is a former Roman Catholic priest who left the priesthood to marry. He has recently divorced his wife. He is a recovering alcoholic who lapses every so often. He is a product of pop-psychology and Roman Catholic mystics rather than Scripture. He is on the cutting edge of the contemplation prayer movement which is steadily leading evangelicals toward Eastern mysticism. He is questionably a universalist who has nothing good to say about the church but adores AA. Yet somehow he is all the rage among many evangelicals.”

    Wait a minute. What’s wrong here? I just finished reading THE RAGAMUFFIN GOSPEL, Brennan Manning’s intensely intimate sharing about God’s unconditional love for “sinners” – the broken, the lost, the bedraggled, the hopeless, the burnt-outs and the cast-offs – and found myself wondering why he is the target of such attacks. After all, I consider RAGAMUFFIN as a life-changer, and am anxious to reread it and experience chapter 19, “Mercies: A Spiritual Retreat.” Surely this man is not the heretic portrayed by Dr. Gary Gilley.

    A click quick to Wikipedia, and I found a more objective perspective:

    “Born and raised in Depression-era New York City, Manning finished high school, enlisted in the US Marine Corps, and fought in the Korean War. When Manning returned to the United States, he enrolled at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Upon his graduation from the seminary in 1963, Manning was ordained a Franciscan priest.

    “In the late 1960s, Manning joined the Little Brothers of Jesus of Charles de Foucauld, a religious institute committed to an uncloistered, contemplative life among the poor. Manning transported water via donkey, worked as a mason's assistant and a dishwasher in France, was imprisoned (by choice) in Switzerland, and spent six months in a remote cave somewhere in the Zaragoza desert.

    “In the 1970s, Manning returned to the United States and began writing after confronting his alcoholism.”

    Oh … so Manning does seem to be hornless, responsible, even loving. Apparently Dr. Gilley is one in an opposition army that sees Manning as a threat to the stale Christianity of business as usual. But the former priest’s impressive bibliography of twenty-two bestselling books is, perhaps, indicative of a militia sustaining the same if not greater strength. People don’t buy books simply because they are decorative.

    The thesis of THE RAGAMUFFIN GOSPEL is that God’s love for all of us is relentless … intensely raging through Jesus Christ who unabashedly loves us ragamuffins. This Jesus accepts us just as we are – sins, warts, blemishes, ugliness, sexual darkness, disobedience, and every other brokenness to which mankind is prone. He invites himself to our dinner table, and in turn insists on eating at ours. He calls the worst of us to accepting the truth that we are his beloved, and fanatically insists that nothing can ever change that. He tells us that the source of this immense and accepting love is the grace of his Father and not the man-made country club rules that stink of rejection. He is constantly throwing dinner parties for us, seating us at the best places … and he never stops saying, “I love you. Do you love me?” He urges us to lay our head on his shoulder.

    Yes, the Jesus of the four gospels is the Jesus who can do all things- all things except one: stop loving his ragamuffins. He says to us, “My grace [love] is sufficient for you,” and we respond to this transforming love by developing a passionate need to be just like him, giving away healing love without charging for it, sucking up the reality of our acceptance and newness in him, and loving every single minute of it.

    The country club set – those walking refrigerators who insist on strict adherence to their admission rules before outsiders can even darken their doors – have more need of a ragamuffin gospel than anyone. Open those refrigerator doors and you will see shelves neatly packed with containers of food and drink. Sadly, most of them are stamped with an expiration date long past.

    Saint Brennan closes THE RAGAMUFFIN GOSPEL in thoughtful and profound appreciation of the grace that has consumed him:

    “Sitting in bold relief on a navy-blue sofa in my office is a little polka-dotted rag doll. Over the last ten years, the ragamuffin mystery has laid hold of me with uncommon power. After long hours of prayer and meditation on the Scriptures and reflections on the nagging question ‘Who am I?’ a gracious God has given me the light to see myself as I really am. I now have a primary identity and a coherent sense of myself. It affects my intimacy with God, my relationships with others, and my gentleness with myself.

    “Thus I want the epitaph on my tombstone to read:”

    BRENNAN MANNING
    ABBA’S RAGAMUFFIN

















    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Penny Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 01-30-12
    Penny Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 01-30-12
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    "Uplifting and Inspiring"
    What made the experience of listening to Ragamuffin Gospel the most enjoyable?

    It was a favourite of a late pastor friend so as I listened I sensed his presence.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He read very well and I would listen to him again.


    Any additional comments?

    The main point is that each and every one of us is special to God. I think it's something one can't hear enough which is why I've listened to this twice already!

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    CINDY MCCARTHY 07-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "God is love and mercy !"

    this is a great tool ,a reminder to me of how i should live for god . i well recommend to anyone willing to listen , i rated it 5 stars because thats as high as i could .

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    Michael 04-17-15
    Michael 04-17-15
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    "A word for the world"

    Very well written. It's what God has been telling us the whole time. I will listen to it again and again

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    Chad Eddy Aldergrove, BC 02-25-15
    Chad Eddy Aldergrove, BC 02-25-15
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    "Just what I needed to hear"

    I've been struggling for a long time to know the love that God has for me, specifically. My struggle is not yet over, but better framed and helped limping along thanks to Brennan Manning and this audio book.

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    levi 02-13-15
    levi 02-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow"

    All around great book. The narration was well done. The story is very thought provoking and life changing. If you haven't heard or read this book please do so as soon as you can. It will challenge and change you if you listen with an open mind that is ready for the best change in the world.

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    2544 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    Listening to this book was like worship... Took me closer to the presence and love of God. I'm going to listen to it again right now!

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    Alan Weston, FL, United States 01-08-15
    Alan Weston, FL, United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2008

    66 Years of age: Air Force 66-70, Former pilot and ATC Operater..Married over 40 years, three kids, seven grandkids. Christian. 5K runner.

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    "You don't have to be perfect...!"

    No one puts it better than Brennan. Once I become His, His love pours out to me. He has me in His heart and His love is always there for me to experience. Being a Ragamuffin is a good thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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