Sunday, December 15, 2013

NIV Ragamuffin Bible

Title: NIV RAGAMUFFIN BIBLE: Mediations for the Bedraggled, Beat-up, and Broken Hearted
Devotions by: Brennan Manning
Publisher: Zondervan
November 2013
ISBN: 978-0310405238
Genre: NIV Bible/devotional'

Do 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

The NIV RAGAMUFFIN BIBLE is a great new NIV Bible full of wonderful reflections, quotes, and devotions. I enjoyed reading through them, and getting a heart-ful of God’s love for us. 

I was blessed to hear Mr. Manning once when he was alive, and I remember he made a great impression on my husband. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a new NIV Bible and may need encouragement for their bedraggled, broken hearted, beat-up state of mind. Hardback with dustcover. My only complaint is the devotions or reflections are not found near the passages they refer to.  $34.99. 1472 pages. 5 stars.

Zondervan’s New NIV Ragamuffin Bible Highlights Writings of Beloved Master Storyteller, the late Brennan Manning 

Grand Rapids, MI—Many come to God feeling like ragamuffins – unworthy and unlovable. Zondervan’s new NIV Ragamuffin Bible: Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up and Brokenhearted (November 2013) is a reminder to the ragamuffin in everyone that they are still God’s beloved, no matter what they’ve done. Everyone needs grace, for ourselves and even the person who sits next to us at work, at church or on the bus. Excerpts from the life’s work of the late Brennan Manning, who passed away in April 2013, are the heart and soul of the Ragamuffin Bible. Zondervan’s immediate plans include partnering with ministry organizations and marketplace leaders in key cities to get samples of the Bible (the books of Psalms and Matthew available for free download on ) into the hands of the undervalued and the overlooked in homeless shelters, halfway houses and health clinics, etc. The e-version of the full bible is available for only $4.99 during December.

“Manning has inspired artists, poets, musicians and the ragamuffin body of Christ for decades. We are thrilled to share his wisdom and influence on the pages of this new devotional Bible,” says Chip Brown, Senior VP of Zondervan. “On the subject of grace, Manning has no equal. His words can be unsettling at times, but they are always penetrating and deserve to be quoted again and again. That’s exactly what the Ragamuffin Bible does.”

Perhaps no one welcomes the message of grace more than the marginalized of society. Yet we each desperately need it. Many accept the gift of God’s unconditional love and grace, in theory, but can’t seem to apply it in their daily lives. They beat themselves up over their own failures and pull away from God because they subconsciously believe he tallies their defects and hangs his head in disappointment. Pairing the text of the most popular English Bible translation in the world with the writings of one of the most respected authors and scholars of the last century, theNIV Ragamuffin Bible offers a collection of Manning’s raw, painfully honest, yet grace-filled devotions, meditations, and reflections of his journey limping back – like the prodigal son – to his overjoyed father.

A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, Manning’s spiritual journey took him down a variety of paths, all of them leading to the profound reality of God's irresistible grace. “My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ, and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it,” Manning writes. He spent the last forty years of his life helping others to find their own identity in the tenderness of Jesus Christ.

The Ragamuffin Bible is intended for anyone who is not living in the fullness of God’s amazing grace, including Christians whose growth has been stunted by a toxic diet of grace mixed with law. The Bible features:
  • an introduction by Brennan Manning, the “original ragamuffin”
  • the complete text of the Holy Bible, New International Version
  • 104 devotions that guide the reader into a deeper connection to God and His word
  • 250 reflections that help the reader understand what it means to be a child of God
  • quotes that offer the reader thoughtful insights into God’s kingdom
  • note pages at the end of each book in the Bible
As a writer, Brennan Manning is best known as the author of the contemporary classic, The Ragamuffin Gospel. He wrote many other influential and popular books, including Abba's Child,Ruthless TrustThe Importance of Being FoolishPatched TogetherThe Furious Longing of God, The Parable of Willie Juan and his final book, All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir.

“The NIV Ragamuffin Bible is good news for every ragamuffin – the one who sleeps on the park bench or the one who sleeps in the church pew. Both have a spot in the Kingdom of God,” says Brown.

The NIV Ragamuffin Bible
Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Brokenhearted

November 2013 | $34.99

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