a biography makes it’s way into our bookworm review lineup this week. i was eager to read the final written work of an author i’ve always admired: All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir by Brennan Manning (3.5 of 5 stars).
manning has never been afraid to expose himself as a ragamuffin soul, tattered and flawed, but wholly accepted by God’s grace and love. his autobiography is no exception.
the author takes his readers on a meandering tour of his life, offering a brutally honest recount without a trace of sugar coating. his story might feel depressing and hopeless if it weren’t coming from a man whose central theme throughout his career has always been “Abba Father is enamored with you, warts and all.”
leave it to manning to not only indirectly inspire hope with his own story, but to explicitly challenge his readers to develop a trusting heart and openly accept the overwhelming love, grace, and forgiveness of a God who is enough.
have you read any of brennan manning’s books? do you think a non-fiction author can share a message more or less effectively through his or her own story?