The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-up, and Burnt Out

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by Brennan Manning

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 newly repackaged edition - now with full appendix, study questions, 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."

Are you bedraggled, beat-up, burnt-out? Most of us believe in God's grace - in theory. But somehow we can't seem to apply it in our daily lives. We continue to see him as a small-minded bookkeeper, tallying our failures and successes on a score sheet. Yet God gives us his grace, willingly, no matter what we've done. We come to him as ragamuffins - dirty, bedraggled, and beat-up. And when we sit at his feet, he smiles upon us, the chosen objects of his furious love.

Brennan Manning's now-classic meditation on grace and what it takes to access it - simple honest - has changed thousands of lives. Now with a Ragamuffin's thirty-day spiritual journey guide, it will change yours, too.