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About The Ragamuffin Gospel

“This is a book I wrote for myself and anyone who has grown
weary and discouraged along the Way.”
—Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel[P1] 
Many of us believe in grace, yet we live as if we still have to earn God’s love. We picture God hanging His head in disappointment, tallying our successes and failures on a score sheet. We assume we have to do more, or be a different person, for God to be pleased with us.
Brennan Manning shows us a different, truer image of our relationship with God: We come to God as ragamuffins. Bedraggled, dirty, exhausted. But as we sit at God’s feet, He smiles upon us. He embraces us. He treats us not as failures but as the chosen objects of His love.
In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Manning’s classic meditation on grace, Manning reminds us that we don’t need to apply spiritual cosmetics to make ourselves presentable to God. We can recognize our poverty and powerlessness as what bring us closer to a God whose love embraces us no matter what.
“Brennan does a masterful job of blowing the dust off of shop-worn theology and allowing God’s grace to do what only God’s grace can do—amaze.”
—Max Lucado, pastor and bestselling author
“This is a zestful and accurate portrayal that tells us unmistakably that the gospel is good, dazzlingly good.”
—Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message

“This book is for the bent and the bruised who feel that their lives are a grave disappointment to God.”
—Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel
The Bible tells us that by grace we are saved. So why does our spirituality often start with ourselves, not with God? Why are we likely to believe in grace in theory but deny it in practice?
In The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning explores the true meaning of the word grace in all its power. When we beat ourselves up over who we are or what we’ve done, we pull away from God. When we acknowledge that it is only grace that can save us, we draw near to a God who delights in who He created us to be.
The Ragamuffin Gospel has changed thousands of lives since it was first published twenty-five years ago. In this anniversary edition, we find the timeless wisdom of a man who came to God needy and desperate again and again and found a peace that defined his life, his relationships, and his career.
You are not a disappointment to God. God does not “put up” with you. He celebrates you. God not only loves you, He likes you.. This is the joy of the gospel.


“Brennan Manning does a masterful job of blowing the dust off of shop-worn theology and allowing God’s grace to do what only God’s grace can do—amaze.” 
-Max Lucado, Bestselling author of The Gift for All People 

“I found deep comfort in realizing that Jesus loves even me, a ragamuffin, just as I am.” 
-Michael Card, Musician, recording artist, and author of A Violent Grace 

“This is a zestful and accurate portrayal that tells us unmistakably that the gospel is good, dazzlingly good.” 
-Eugene Peterson, Author of The Message

About Brennan Manning

Brennan Manning was a Korean War veteran and former Franciscan priest who became the best-selling author of more than twenty books, including The Signature of Jesus, Abba's Child, and All Is Grace. Prior to his death in 2013, Manning traveled widely, sharing the good news of God’s unconditional love in Jesus Christ.

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Product Details

256 pages | Published by Multnomah

On Sale Date: Oct 6, 2015

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 12

By Tabatha Anderson

if you aren't familiar with this amazing book, you need to add it to your collection. I enjoyed this updated anniversary edition of the ragamuffin gospel. I would recommend this book to people who are seeking mercy and grace and wanting to deepen their relationship with God. 

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By Trisha Guinn

This is easily one of the most influential books I have read in the past year. It defines the gospel as a message of grace and forgiveness independent from our own successes or failures. Several quotes within the book, both from the author and form other sources, reiterate the necessity of trust in God's overwhelming love and mercy toward us and the futility of relying on our own strength to get God's approval. It points out the numerous...

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By Ariel Arguelles

I began reading The Ragamuffin Gospel months ago, using it as a means of making my commute pass by quickly. But unlike other books I've been given the chance to review, this one challenged me in a way that was so intimate, so personal - I knew it needed to be consumed in private.On the 25th anniversary of this books release, a new edition was commissioned with a brand new afterword... yet the integrity of the words written are...

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By Noelle St John

I am born and raised Lutheran. This is what we have been taught. Manning puts it beautifully. Grace is a gift. My faith rests on God's Grace, His love, forgiveness and Jesus is my Savior. Jesus loves me warts and all. There is nothing I can do to make Him not love me. I am His. There is nothing we can do. We are not saved by works and we can't "work our way up" to heaven. It is a gift fromGod. It's grace. 

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By Brett Levy

Brennan Manning's book started off slow for me over the first two chapters.  After that it became like a deep dive into the idea of grace and the love of God.  Manning's way with words draws the reader in as if they were reading great poetry.  "The Ragamuffin Gospel" was a mix between "Grace Awakening" by Swindoll and "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan.  I'd say this is a must read for everyone.

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