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New. In the eyes of the world, Jesus was a fool. He did not abide by the rules of his day; the people he associated with were shunned by society; his Sermon on the Mount reads likea primer on being left behind, stepped on, and ignored. In order for us.
I am still devouring this book - it is not one you can breeze through in a few evenings. Almost every page contains some thought-provoking and challenging ideas about being a follower of Jesus.
Assuming that is your goal, I think this book is a must-read. It is short enough to read in a week or less, but has enough 'meat' to chew on for months, or even years. I don't agree with everything he says, but I definitely can tell he's been 'running for the prize' for many, many years and I respect his wisdom and perspective. Don't pass this one up for the rediculously cheap price you can buy it for used - well worth adding to your faith library.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-06-13 With his now classic book The Ragamuffin Gospel, Manning set a standard for powerful writing and no-holds barred personal candor that even his own subsequent books (Ruthless Trust; The Wisdom of Tenderness), however excellent, have not quite matched. Here, Manning offers a fiercely provocative call to arms that exhorts Christians to stop pandering to the things of this world (wealth, power, influence, pleasure) and instead choose to be so "foolish" as to follow Jesus. This book is not for the easily offended, as Manning pulls no punches and does not attempt to soften the radical nature of Jesus' message. He decries superficial faith and hypocrisy, and points to the unfortunate prevalence of the shallow Christianity that Thomas Merton once called "convenient spirituality." In its place, Manning upholds a Christian faith that is simultaneously hard-line about the intransigent demands of the New Testament, yet wrapped in grace and mercy, not judgment and condemnation. Drawing on the Bible (particularly the gospels and the letters of Paul), his own experiences and thinkers like Paul Tillich, Edward Schillebeeckx, Siren Kierkegaard and other heavy hitters, Manning proposes an iconoclastic faith that calls Christians to the dangerous, wild and wonderful abyss of a fully surrendered life. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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