All Is Grace
The past couple of weeks I have been reading Brennan Manning’s memoir All Is Grace. I don’t usually read memoirs, but I knew the moment I heard about this book that I would have to read this one. I have read many of Manning’s books among my favorites are Ragamuffin Gospel and The Signature of Jesus. In his books, he talks about grace and the love of God. His books are for those who recognize that many of the theological issues in the church today are neither burning nor theological who see Christianity neither as a moral code or a belief system but as a love affair. He writes for those who have not forgotten that they are followers of a crucified Christ, know that following Him means living dangerously, and want to live the gospel without comprise.
He uses his memoir to show these themes have shaped his story and talks deeply about growing up with an overworked nurse for a mother who had a hard time showing her love to her children and an unemployed drunk as a father. He writes about his dramatic conversion and his journey through the church. He writes about his struggle with alcohol how it bested him at times, yet Jesus did not give up on him. His life story shows that you don’t have to be a spiritual super-hero to follow Jesus and God uses the weakest and imperfect to bring glory to the Kingdom and not the person.
Writer Robert Benson said of this book and its author, “I learned the truth of the gospel from Brennan, the same gospel you will find in this book: That in the end, my sin will never outweigh God’s love. That the Prodigal can never outrun the Father. That I am not measured by the good I do but by the grace I accept. That being lost is a prerequisite to being found. That living a life of faith is not lived in the light, it is discovered in the dark. That not being a saint here on earth will not necessarily keep you from being in that number when the march begins.”
This book is not for those like myself who have found the words of this vagabond preacher meaningful, but also for those who want to see how the heart of God has touched the life of one man. You can expect to feel the spirit of God while reading this book as one person said, “I started to worship.” This book would make a great personal devotional and could even lend depth to a reading group. You don’t have to know who Brennan Manning is before reading this book. This would actually be a good way to discover or rediscover who Brennan Manning is and then move onto his other works.