Brennan Manning

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Richard Francis Xavier Manning, known as Brennan Manning (April 27, 1934 – April 12, 2013)[1] was an American author, priest, and public speaker.[2][3][4] He is best known for his bestselling book The Ragamuffin Gospel.

Background and Career

Born and raised in Depression-era New York City, Manning finished high school, enlisted in the US Marine Corps, and fought in the Korean War. After returning to the United States, he enrolled at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Upon his graduation from the seminary in 1963, Manning was ordained a Franciscan priest.[2]

In the late 1960s, Manning joined the Little Brothers of Jesus of Charles de Foucauld, a religious institute committed to an uncloistered, contemplative life among the poor. Manning transported water via donkey, worked as a mason's assistant and a dishwasher in France, was imprisoned (by choice) in Switzerland, and spent six months in a remote cave somewhere in the Zaragoza desert.[5] In the 1970s, Manning returned to the United States and began writing after confronting his alcoholism.[citation needed]

Singer-songwriter Rich Mullins named his band, A Ragamuffin Band, after one of Manning's books.[6] Warren Barfield's music is also often inspired by Manning, as is the work of singer-songwriter Matthew Perryman Jones.[7]

The following quote appeared in the prelude to dc Talk's song "What if I Stumble?" It also appeared on an intro track for the Christian metalcore band War of Ages on its album Fire From the Tomb. Manning added: "That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.


  • Manning, Brennan (1970), Gentle Revolutionaries<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  • Souvenirs of Solitude, 1979
  • Stranger to Self-Hatred, 1981
  • Parable of William Juan, 1985
  • Prophets & Lovers: In Search of the Holy Spirit, 1985
  • Lion and Lamb/the Relentless Tenderness of Jesus, 1986
  • The Signature of Jesus, 1988
  • ——— (2005) [1990], The Ragamuffin Gospel<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  • Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging, 1994 (NavPress)
  • The Signature of Jesus, 1996
  • The Boy Who Cried Abba: A Parable of Trust and Acceptance, 1996
  • Reflections for Ragamuffins: Daily Devotions from the Writings of Brennan Manning, 1998
  • Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin's Path to God, 2001
  • Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven, 2001 (foreword only)
  • ——— (2002), The Wisdom of Tenderness: What Happens When God's Fierce Mercy Transforms Our Lives, New York: HarperOne, p. 179, ISBN 978-0-06-072446-7<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • The Journey of the Prodigal: A Parable of Sin and Redemption, 2002 (b)
  • A Glimpse of Jesus: The Stranger to Self-Hatred, 2003
  • Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes: Unmasking the Real You, 2003
  • The Importance of Being Foolish: How to think like Jesus 2006
  • The Furious Longing of God, 2009
  • Souvenirs of Solitude: Finding Rest in Abba's Embrace, 2009 (2nd Ed, NavPress)
  • Patched Together: A Story of My Story, 2010
  • All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir, 2011


  1. All Is Grace: Book Excerpt October 16, 2011 – My mother had prayed for a girl. What she got on April 27, 1934, was a boy, me, Richard Manning. My name has not always been Brennan.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Meet Brennan Manning". Retrieved June 29, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Brennan Manning Sermon". YouTube. November 5, 2007. Retrieved June 29, 2010. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Notice of Manning's death
  5. Tennant, Agnieszka (June 2004). "Ragamuffin". Retrieved June 29, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Patterson, Trish (June 2–4, 2000). "Healing Our Image of God". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved June 29, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Matthew Perryman Jones", Myspace<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.

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