Monday, November 14, 2011

Book review: All is Grace by Brennan Manning

Book reviews
“All is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir” by Brennan Manning.
Brennan Manning is an honest author and a Christian, and I found his book “Ragamuffin Gospel” to be refreshing in insights about his own life and how Jesus loves us, just as we are. Manning’s “All is Grace” will likely be his final book, as his health is failing, and he does not flinch from revealing truth about his life, as he looks back to survey it.
Manning reaffirms that Jesus came for the bedraggled, beat up and burnt out, which is truly Good News, since we could all be better than we are. 
This book summarizes his life, which has been rich and full. Manning was a gifted priest and writer, fell in love with a woman and left his vocation as priest to marry her, and recounts his struggles as a recovering alcoholic. He formed a group of close friends to meet once a year, dubbed “The Notorious Sinners”. You can see his ability to laugh at himself here.
If you haven't read his "Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat Up and Burnt Out" I recommend you read that one too. Written 20 years ago it remains a best seller, and rightly so.
Thank you to the Amazon Vine program which provided this book for me to review.
In this, likely his final book, Manning reminds us that “Yes, Abba is very fond of you.”


rosaria said...

I shall look for it. I could use a pick-me-up of a book right now.

Debbie said...

I'll be on the lookout for this. It sounds just wonderful.

I'm so glad that he came for the ragamuffins. Without that, where would I be?

Daisy said...

We could all be better than we are--yes indeed! Thanks for the review. :)

Nezzy said...

What a wonderful book review. I'm puttin' together my winter read list right now. Thanks!

God bless and have a beautiful day sweetie!!!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Terra,
Thanks for coming by and for your well wishes on our Anniversary,
So sweet.
I have heard of that book Ragamuffin Gospel somewhere before, and heard it was good, but have never had the pleasure of reading it. I have so many book that I still need to read, so it will probably be down my list somewhere in the future.
That lil birdie is so cute, never saw one before, and I live in Florida, we do have Robins, so he must just live in another part of Florida than me!! lol

Have a good rest of the week,
Blessings, Nellie

Amrita said...

The message of the book seems to be strong and true.

He came for the lost