Book Review: The NIV Ragamuffin Bible

31 Dec

405238Do you believe that God not only loves you, but that he also likes you? It’s just one of the soul-searching questions posed by bestselling author Brennan Manning who confesses he has been ‘John the beloved, Peter the coward, and Thomas the doubter all before the waitress brought the check.’ The NIV Ragamuffin Bible offers a collection of Manning’s raw, painfully honest, yet grace-filled devotions, meditations, and reflections of his journey limping back to—like the prodigal son—his overjoyed father. When you journey through this Bible, you will likewise find yourself returning to your Heavenly Father, basking in the knowledge that God not only loves you, he delights in you.


* Complete text of the world’s most popular modern-English Bible, the NIV

* 104 Devotions guide you into a deeper connection to God and his Word 

* 250 Reflections help you understand what it means to be a child of God

* 150 Quotes offer short but thoughtful insights into God’s kingdom

ManningBBrennan Manning spent his life and ministry helping others experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his own spiritual journey took him down a variety of paths, all of them leading to the profound reality of God’s irresistible grace. His ministry responsibilities varied greatly – from teacher, to minister to the poor, to solidary reflective. As a writer, Brennan Manning is best known as the author of the contemporary classics, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba’s Child, Ruthless Trust, The Importance of Being Foolish, Patched Together, and The Furious Longing of God.

My Impressions:

The NIV Ragamuffin Bible includes the writings of Brennan Manning (1934-2013) perhaps best known for his Ragamuffin Gospel. This Bible is subtitled Meditations for The Bedraggled, Beat-Up and Brokenhearted, and if you are not there now, you will be sometime in your life. Fresh and bold, the reflections and meditations will bring you to a new sense of who God is. A good devotional volume, this could be just the Bible you need to start 2014 off right.

Giveaway! Want a copy of this Bible? Just leave me a comment to be entered to win.

(Thanks to B&B Media and Zondervan for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To purchase this book, click on the image below. The Kindle version is only $4.27!

3 Responses to “Book Review: The NIV Ragamuffin Bible”

  1. Susie Sellner December 31, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    This Bible sounds like the perfect one to give to my daughter, who has many struggles in her relationship with God.

  2. Rhonda Cooper December 31, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Sounds like great way to start the new year!
    Grace and Peace

  3. January 3, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    I’d love to read this one, it keeps popping up on my radar. Thanks for the giveaway! MarieBurton2004 at yahoo dot com

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