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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 Jennifer Clay

What is grace? I've learned that it is "unmerited favor from God." But do we really believe it? Do we really believe in a God of grace? This book is about how we are "ragamuffins." We are ignorant, dirty, sinful creatures who do not deserve what God lavishes on us. Brennan Manning says, This is the God of the gospel of grace. A God who, out of love for us, sent the only Son He ever had wrapped in our skin. He learned how to walk, stumbled and...

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Having heard of Brennan Manning and the term he uses Ragamuffin after watching the film Ragamuffin ad coming across this book after it was listed on blogging for books. I became immediately interested in reading it because of the extreme impact it had on Rich Mullins during his life. I received my copy from Blogging For Books for review. I very pleased with Manning's book as he went into how Christianity is not something easy or clean.... In...

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By Amy Harber

I thought this book by Brennan Manning was life changing.  It shatters the myth that churches are full or perfect people.  It shows you that the church is full of wonderful and deeply flawed people just like YOU.  Sometimes it is very easy for us to get discouraged and think that our fellow pew sitters don't struggle with sin as much as we do. Read it!

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By Kenson Gonzalez

This book helps us to grow. Christians are fighting the world and our desires, and many times we feel like we can not go on. And it is refreshing to find books like this, because they remind us that it is the gospel and that we are in Christ. The gospel is not a set of norms but it reveals a new relationship with God.

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By James Pate

I first heard of Brennan Manning in 2013, right after he passed away.  People posted quotes of his that were meaningful to them.  I learned more about him when I watched the movie Ragamuffin, which was about Christian musician Rich Mullins.  In a powerful scene, Rich and his friend are listening to a sermon by Brennan Manning about how God loves us as we are, not as we should be.  After hearing that, Rich Mullins broke down in...

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