There are so many Brennan Manning books and none of them are anything but life-changing. With that said, here are a few of my favorites if you are new to Brennan’s work.
The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out– This is Brennan’s key book. I think that most of what he says in his other books is basically found here. His other books just dive deeper into certain elements of this book. The heart of the book is the heart of Brennan’s work–that God loves you like crazy. We are all ragamuffins before God. We are sinners desperately in need of God grace and able to do nothing to gain God’s grace.
Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God– In this work Manning talks about the defining characteristic of a Christian faith– trust in God. This is not just an emotional reliance on God but a total dependence on God’s grace for everything. What does it mean to live a life of trust? To live without anxiety?
The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus– This is a book about changing the way we think. This may make us do things that seem foolish to the world. Power becomes unimportant. Wealth becomes unimpressive. In the end all that matters is the love of our Fathe
Reflections for Ragamuffins: Daily Devotions from the Writings of Brennan Manning– This is a daily devotional with clips from various of Brennan Manning’s books. Get ready, because Brennan had a way of saying something even in a paragraph that could make you chew it all day long.
All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir– Brennan Manning died in 2013. After his death I got his memoir on audio cd. I found it so inspiring. Manning was mistreated as a child. He was an alcoholic and fell back into drink a number of times. He tried to get to God by living in a cave, living with the poor, and teaching in college and seminaries. Through all the ups and downs he came to learn of God’s radical love and grace for him.
There are so many other good books by Brennan Manning. Start one soon.