Brennan Manning

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Brennan Manning (christened Richard Francis Xavier Manning) is an author, friar, priest, contemplative and speaker.[1][2]

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. When Manning returned to the United States, he enrolled at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Upon his graduation from the seminary in 1963, Manning was ordained to the Franciscan priesthood.[1]

In the late 1960s, Manning joined the Little Brothers of Jesus of Charles de Foucauld, a religious order 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.[3]

In the 1970s, Manning returned to the US and began writing after confronting his alcoholism.[4]

Singer-songwriter Rich Mullins called his band A Ragamuffin Band after one of Manning's books.[5] Warren Barfield's music is also often inspired by Manning, as is the work of singer-songwriter Matthew Perryman Jones.[1]

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


  • Gentle Revolutionaries, 1970
  • 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
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel, 1990, 2000, 2005
  • 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)
  • The Wisdom of Tenderness: What Happens When God's Fierce Mercy Transforms Our Lives, 2002
  • The Journey of the Prodigal: A Parable of Sin and Redemption, 2002
  • A Glimpse of Jesus: The Stranger to Self-Hatred, 2003
  • The Importance of Being Foolish: How to think like Jesus 2006
  • The Furious Longing of God 2009
  • Patched Together: A Story of My Story Feb 2010

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