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Kathleen Norris

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One of the finest spiritual memoirs of the last 50 years!

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Brennan Manning, C.S. Lewis, Ann Voskamp, MORE)

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Brennan Manning

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A Witness to Vulgar Grace

A Review of

All is Grace:
A Ragamuffin Memoir

Brennan Manning

Hardback: David C. Cook, 2011.
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Reviewed by Jordan Kellicut

Brennan Manning, speaker, author and proponent of grace summarizes his life, “My life is a witness to vulgar grace – a grace that amazes and offends.” I first heard his gospel of “vulgar grace” in an early work The Ragamuffin Gospel, and some twenty years later his message is the same.  Manning’s memoir is reminiscent of the old confessions of St. Augustine and St. Patrick in which history exists only to show how God makes men out of dust.  The book is divided into three sections: Part one focuses on his childhood through him taking the name “Father Brennan,” the second part up to the death of his parents, and lastly his twilight years.  It concludes with a series of photographs and touching letters from friends, revealing the profound effect that Manning had on so many.

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A Brief Review of

700031: Patched Together: A Story of My Story Patched Together:
A Story of My Story

By Brennan Manning
Hardback: David C. Cook, 2010.

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Reviewed by Michelle Van Loon.

I am loved.

When was the last time you finished a book and said those words?

Brennan Manning, a former Catholic priest, recovering alcoholic and author of touchstone Christian titles including The Ragamuffin Gospel and Ruthless Trust, has devoted his life to mapping the intersection of human brokenness and God’s grace. His body of work shows that he is not threatened by the messy parts and gray areas found there, or is he afraid of inviting his readers to surrender to God’s transforming forgiveness.

Patched Together captures the essence of Manning’s life message. The gift-sized book contains the parable of Willie Juan from childhood through the end of his days. Those familiar with Manning’s work will recognize two of the three Willie Juan stories in the book, as the first one was previously published in The Boy Who Cried Abba, and the first two can be found in The Journey Of The Prodigal. They’ve been reframed in Patched Together along with a new final chapter about Willie Juan’s life.

Manning explains the three-act format in his introduction to the book. “The book is divided into three sections: Morning, Noon, and Night. I’ve written this book in the Night of my life. Morning and Noon have passed; I’ve grown old and feeble and almost blind. For some years now I’ve written about how much Abba loves ragamuffins. Sometimes, these days, I wrestle to believe what I wrote. Knowing that you’re reading and wrestling along with me means more than you know.”

Patched Together is simply the spiritual biography/parable of ragamuffin Willie Juan. We meet him as an abandoned, disabled, multi-racial boy in the first movement of the book, and limp with him through his hardscrabble life to his first encounter with the Man of Sorrows. The second chapter of the book, Noon, lets us tag along with the now-healed, successful adult Willie Juan as he conquers the world and nearly loses his restored soul. The new chapter in Willie Juan’s life, Night, carries his story to its shimmering conclusion. There is a gentle, pastoral afterward meant to nurture connection with the Abba that Manning knows so intimately.

Manning also knows Willie Juan intimately. He is Manning. He is you and I as well. Willie Juan’s story is the best kind of tale because it is saturated with the truth of our human condition as well as a “through the mirror darkly” glimpse into the stunning, complete nature of God’s redemption.

Is this a perfect book? No. The final chapter has a different, stuttering rhythm to it, perhaps because its story is still being written in the author’s own life. However, Manning understands the clumsy beauty of soul-in-process better than almost anyone else writing today. Patched Together would make a wonderful gift for anyone who needs to feel God’s love for him or her.

And that’s all of us.


30 Page Excerpt from

Patched Together:
A Story of My Story.
Brennan Manning
Paperback: David C. Cook.
Coming 1 February 2010.
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Book Forum: “What Would Jesus Buy?”
Two Books on Consumerism and Evangelical Culture

Books claiming to decipher evangelical Christianity for the secular reader are nothing new, but the Bush years ushered in the genre’s golden age. Following the 2000 election, scores of pundits sought to explain the rise of the Christian right, and some of their efforts were worthwhile. For The Great Derangement, Matt Taibbi went undercover at a fundamentalist retreat that culminated with a mass exorcism where he was encouraged to vomit up demons, and he walked away understanding how easy it could be to “bury your ‘sinful’ self far under the skin of your outer Christian.” D. Michael Lindsay conducted interviews with evangelicals in business and politics for Faith in the Halls of Power and (perhaps to a fault) allowed them to speak for themselves.

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Witnessing Suburbia:
Conservatives and Christian Youth Culture.

Eileen Luhr.

Paperback: U of Calif. Press, 2009.
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To Serve God and Wal-Mart:
The Making of Christian Free Enterprise.

Bethany Moreton.

Hardcover: Harvard U.P., 2009.
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Jesus Manifesto Reviews

Why should Christian radicals – ordinary and otherwise – read Brennan Manning’s books?

We need to read Brennan Manning — a former Franciscan priest and self-described ragamuffin — because, while affirming both community and action, he calls us back to that which is the universe’s lone life source: intimacy with God. In Manning’s latest release, The Furious Longing of God, he reminds us that ours is not an egotistical deity who sits back and smugly fields the praise of indebted subjects, but one who chases after creation with a fury unlike the universe has ever seen.

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Brennan Manning.

Hardcover: David C. Cook, 2009
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Movements toward the Beautiful
in the Theology of Charles Williams


In his book The Art of the Icon: A Theology of Beauty, Paul Evdokimov compares the Creator God to a divine poet who brings the world into being from nothingness, each creative act summed up with these words, “[H]e saw that it was beautiful.” Evdokimov contends that in the Greek text, the word used for what God sees is kalon (beautiful) and not agathon (good), and the word used in the Hebrew text can sustain both meanings simultaneously. What God has created, he has made beautiful; creation is fundamentally beautiful. As Evdokimov continues his narrative on the creation text, he demonstrates that in Genesis “the Hebrew word to create is conjugated in the completed mood (Genesis 1). That is to say, the world ‘has been created, is created, and will be created’ until its fulfilment.” Here we feel the pulse in language of the process of becoming: God in his divine wisdom began a drama in which he created in the “completed mood,” and in so doing, he invited the participation of his creation in its own fulfilment. As the twentieth-century Russian theologian Sergii Bulgakov teaches, all creation is longing to be revealed as what it is, as fundamentally beautiful, and “all things press towards beauty.”


But how are we to understand beauty, and what does it mean that God has invoked the synergistic and historically bound participation of his creation into its consummation? In this essay, I consider these questions using the theology of Charles Williams, an early twentieth century lay theologian and poet. As I pursue the idea of beauty within Williams, I will invoke other authors whose thinking might fructify and enhance Williams’s thought. Then I will turn to the question of sanctification. If beauty is our fundamental nature and that to which we are pressed, then we must seek to know how “beauty saves the world,” as Fydor Dostoevsky once said. To explore this question, I will examine Williams’s understanding of the poetic and its relationship to the life of the church.