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Ragamuffin Gospel (updated edition)
by Aleathea Dupree | Genre: Christian Living
Release Date: June 2005

Pages: 267
Format: Paperback
EAN/ISBN: 1590525027
Publisher: Multnomah Publishers

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An Interesting Book | Posted July 01, 2012

Brennan Manning's The Ragamuffin Gospel has influenced many people since it was first published in 1990.  Among these are several Christian musicians, including Michael Card, Michael W. Smith, and most notably, Rich Mullins, who named his band The Ragamuffin Band.  Manning's book puts forth the idea that we are all ragamuffins (broken, wounded, sinful, hurt, imperfect, etc. people) and God loves us because he is God.  There is no getting yourself ready to present yourself to God, just accept his love for what it is and confess your sins.  The main passage of scripture comes from the story of the Prodigal Son.  It's a good message, and I believe it is presented well in the book.  I had the opportunity to hear Manning speak several times during grad school and his simple message of God's love was consistent with The Ragamuffin Gospel.

The current edition of the book was published 15 years after the original.  It references the fact that Manning and his ideas/theology have come under attack by various other Christian/Catholic groups.  I don't know enough about all his sources to accurately judge it either way.  Additionally, this edition contains a section titled "19 Mercies: A Spiritual Retreat".

I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.

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Good book | Posted June 08, 2010
After seeing it recommended by Aaron Shust and others, I noticed it on the library shelf one day. This book is not a lifechanging stricken dumb book for me, but it's well-written.

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awesome book! | Posted April 07, 2010
i was going down the aisle of my local Christian bookstore when the title caught my eye... i wondered if it had anything to do with the Ragamuffin Band or Rich Mullins, so i pulled it off the shelf. on the cover it said 'Foreward by Michael W. Smith' that did it. immediately i opened the book and started reading it...

i've been a Christian all my life, and i'm familiar with the fact that i'm not perfect, and have made my fair share of mistakes. at times i've said the wrong thing at the wrong time, or didn't say or do something when i should have...

this book is just another simple reminder to me how much GOD loves me, even when i'm completely unlovable. :D

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