Review – The Ragamuffin Gospel
When I read the section that described who the book was written for; I felt I was in the right place. I have always said that religion is going to be the “death” of Christianity and Brennan Manning says it beautifully when he stated “the bending of the mind by the powers of this world has twisted the gospel of grace into religious bondage”.
This book is a must read for persons who are tired of the status quo; tired of the way the Christian community is resembling Wall Street rather than a place of refuge.
The premise of The Ragamuffin Gospel is simple grace; something that too many Christians neglect. The author is concerned that too many Christians only pay lip service to grace. Manning states “though lip service is paid to the Gospel of grace, many Christians live as if only personal discipline and self denial will mold the perfect me”.
I could not put the book down because Brennan Manning was saying what has been on my mind for months now and I wanted to read what he had to say about it.
“Our huffing and puffing to impress God, our scrambling for brownie points, our thrashing about trying to fix ourselves while hiding out pettiness and wallowing in guilt are nauseating to God and are a flat denial of the Gospel of grace”. Wow! Manning’s way with words had me eager to see what was on the next page.
Brennan Manning is raw and honest about a subject that should be at the center of Christianity but unfortunately it is not. According to the author grace “has become trite and debased through misuse and abuse.
Every Christian should get a copy of this book and read it over and over again.
I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review