The Ragamuffin Gospel By Brennan Manning Essay examples

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Ragamuffin Gospel Reflection
Reading the Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning was a challenge; while I agreed with his thoughts and feeling the style in which it was written I found to be very cumbersome. Then this feeling of being critical of the writing made me feel guilty because the subject and the topic is so important and many individuals give the book very high reviews. I much prefer a local Springfield, Missouri author named Jennifer Rothschild; Jennifer is a nationally renowned author and woman’s conference speaker living in the area with her husband who is on the faculty of Missouri State university. What makes Jennifer special is that while she is blind she shares amazing truths comparing her challenge to our own spiritual blindness and the illuminating truth of scripture (Rothschild, 2002).
Along with the author of The Ragamuffin Gospel, I readily admit that though I am redeemed, I am still just an “unloving, irritable,, angry and resentful” individual and one that hurts those around me even while I want to help them (Manning, 1990). I have been around church people my whole life, taken to service the week after birth. I have seen saints who were sweet and loving or passionate and challenging… and I have seen those that are full of religious rules pulled out of context of true scriptural meaning. I had a fairly legalistic upbringing and married into a similar family, carrying on activities and rules because we were taught that these were what was “right”.…

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