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Brennan Manning

Brennan Manning is an author born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

After high school, Brennan enlisted in the US Marine Corps, where he ended up fighting overseas in the Korean War. When Manning returned to the states, he enrolled at St Francis seminary[?] in Loretto[?], Pennsylvania. Upon his graduation from the seminary in 1963, Manning was ordained to the Franciscan priesthood[?].

In the late 1960s, Manning joined the Little Brothers of Jesus of Charles de Foucauld, an Order committed to an uncloistered, contemplative life among the poor. Manning then spent time transporting water via donkey, a mason's assistant, a dishwasher in France, a prisoner in a Swiss jail (by choice), and six months in a remote cave somewhere in the Zaragoza desert[?].

In the 1970s, Manning returned the US and began writing.

Singer-songwriter Rich Mullins became such a fan of Manning's work, that he named his band, A Ragamuffin Band, after one of his books.


  • Gentle Revolutionaries, 1970
  • 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 Ragamuffin Gospel[?], 1990
  • Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging, 1994
  • 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 (forward 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

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