All Is Grace by Brennan Manning

This is the first of his books that I’ve read. Planning to read The Ragamuffin Gospel soon. His life is in so much contrast to mine, but nonetheless, it was a good reminder of what the Gospel is – an overwhelming grace that covers all in the past, present, and future. That God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be. (Manning)

As I read his memoir there were many times where I thought “Man, what the heck? Get your act together! You’re representing Christ!” But then that gentle reminder came back that “all is grace.” It is only at our weakest and worst points that God’s power shines all the more brightly.

This came at just the right time – that while I am still a sinner, Christ died for me. That while I am feeling less than, and ashamed for being ashamed, Jesus comes and says “it’s all good.” And not just in a whatever kind of way, but in a way that comes to restore and make things brand new.

(Some time after finishing Life of Pi – April 2)

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