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Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin's Path to God

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(the Ragamuffin's path to God)
Paperback, 190 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published October 1st 2000)
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Cori Cook
Aug 19, 2008 Cori Cook rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most helpful books I have ever read. Brennan Manning is one of my favorite authors because of his honest, authentic approach to the gospel. In one chapter, he talks about how being grateful for our lives actually releases us to inner freedom. I loved it. Good quote from the book that is actually from Henri Nouwen:

"To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives- the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well
Dec 20, 2008 Joseph rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Great book...when I read some of it three years ago, the first few chapters impacted me heavily. This time around Ch. 9 on Humble Confidence blew me away.

It's the type of a book that I feel can and should sit on your bookshelf, impacting you in many different ways as you pick it up and read it at different seasons in your life.
May 05, 2009 Tracy rated it it was amazing
"At times however, in some rare and gratuitious moment on the road, I meet someone and experience what can only be described as a moment of mutual recognition.... In my efforts to overcome my lifelong struggle with self-hatred, the despair of ever being worthy of love, I have been aided immeasurably by trusted and trusting friends who, with no ulterior motive, see something in me that I cannot see in myself. They do not merely tel me, they relate to me in a way which shows that they find me lova ...more
Michele Koh
Jul 02, 2007 Michele Koh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone open to knowing Christ
A book that marked the beginning of my Christian life. I was ready to die when I read this. I was also experienceing withdrawel from psychiatric drugs and feeling very psychotic. I cried alot reading this book. But it kinda saved my life. A raggamufin is the nemesis of the pharasee. The ragamuffin doesn't go to church, is not well-versed in scripture and is "poor in spirit". Ragamuffins are the down-trodden, the insane, the convicts, the gamblers, the prostitutes, the alcoholics, the depressed, ...more
May 18, 2012 Christabelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: soul-stirring
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. ~ Sir Francis Bacon

I savored this book taking small bites and savoring it thoughtfully. I know God loves me, but do I trust Him? Am I willing to surrender myself to Him whatever He brings into my life? Manning writes, "It requires heroic courage to trus
Chris Canuel
Sep 29, 2010 Chris Canuel rated it really liked it
Another very enjoyable, and edifying read from Manning. After reading 'Ragamuffin Gospel' a few months ago I went out and bought everything of Manning's I could find. As in all of Manning's works I was in awe of the love of God, and His grace in not only saving me from my sin, but loving me in spite of my sin. While I believe Mr. Manning and I would disagree in some areas theologically(though we've never discussed it :)) I wish more folks from my own "camp" would preach more about the love of Go ...more
Chas Bailey
Jul 26, 2015 Chas Bailey rated it liked it
Brennan Manning is an engaging, brutally self-honest author. Here in Ruthless Trust he captures his central theme of what it mean to be a Ragamuffin and focuses on the question of trust, which is combining hope with belief. There are many great concepts in this book and they are often beautifully communicated. My criticism however, is with the organization of the book. This is a consequence of Manning's style and may be endearing to some. As for me, I struggle to follow Manning's logic and organ ...more
Bob Price
Jun 18, 2013 Bob Price rated it really liked it
How does a ragamuffin cling to God? With Ruthless least according to Brennan Manning.

In this kind of 'sequel' to the Ragamuffin Gospel, Manning once again returns to themes that is near and dear to his heart. Manning is able to hit the nail on the head when he says that something is wrong in the Church. We Christians don't understand grace, nor do are we able to really trust God and to live our lives to the fullest.

The missing link is Ruthless Trust in which the Christian must cling
Jan 07, 2011 Sharayah rated it really liked it
This book was exactly what I needed to read right now. I am facing difficult decisions, and above all I want to go where God leads me, but it's scary and takes risk. Ruthless Trust reminded me not only how much risk is involved in trust, but was also very encouraging at the same time. "My gracious Lord has shown me that the best way to strip fear of its awesome power is to be a homebody, to stay home in the palace of Nowhere." The concept of 'Nowhere' as Manning uses it is discussed in the book, ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Linda rated it did not like it
This is little more than a series of quotes and excerpts from better theologians and scholars tenuously strung together with candy floss. I felt like it was wandering aimlessly. My recommendation is to look in the notes in the back, select one or two of the other minds cited, and read their works instead.
Rob Petersen
Jun 19, 2014 Rob Petersen rated it it was amazing
Another example of Manning at his best. In Ruthless Trust, he shows the reader the tension between the glory and the approachability of God, how hardships challenge and strengthen our trust, and that despite our feeble efforts to rest secure in God's arms, his embrace never falters.
Brittany Ray
Nov 12, 2007 Brittany Ray rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Okay, this book is a life changer. Brennan manning talks about God's relentless tenderness and truely make you leave this book is awe of how loving God is. It is a good book for touch situations and talks about how we can trust God in everything becasue he is good.
Nancy Royer
Jan 20, 2017 Nancy Royer rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was good to the last drop.
Jan 23, 2017 Joy rated it really liked it
Excellent book I read and discussed with a weekly group of serious Christian women. The vulnerability and openness of Manning in sharing his struggles as a believer was so refreshing and a real challenge to humility.

"The essence of biblical faith lies in trusting God."

"The humble woman is grateful for her successes but not disheartened by her failures. She enjoys her gifts and readily admits her mistakes. She maintains a sense of humor, whether the news from Wall Street is giddy or glum. She fac
Mar 17, 2015 Jkanz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I love Brennan Manning. The more of his writings that I am graced to read, the more I like him. Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin's Path to God (2000) was the latest treasure. In this book, Manning called his readers to live in a life of trust in the God of love. On the first page, he says that we need to learn to trust what we have received. When Jesus said, "it is finished", he meant it.

Every page, every line of this book is a treasure. Here are a few precious jewels that I hope will encourage y
Oct 13, 2016 Jordan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Just read it. It's worth it I promise. So many good truths about trust in here.
Lance Schaubert
You don’t need any more insights into the faith. You need to trust those insights you’ve received.

I remember nothing else about the book, having read it two months ago, but I remember that line and really it would be contradictory to remember that line and worry about the rest of the book.

This one line sums up the spiritual problems I’ve had personally since graduating with a bachelor in theology and preaching — I have so much in my head that I’ve learned about the faith once for all, so much ce
Beth Peninger
Jan 23, 2011 Beth Peninger rated it really liked it
If you are following what I am reading these days then you'll notice that I am making a concentrated "effort" to get through some of the classic Christian authors - Brennan Manning being one of them. So here's my second Manning book. I tackled first his "The Ragamuffin Gospel". I liked this read better than that one. I found this one easier to read, he didn't seem to be so redundant, and I highlighted a lot more which tells me I got more out of it.
We don't trust. We don't trust God, we don't tru
David Gwartney
Aug 21, 2012 David Gwartney rated it really liked it
Shelves: discipleship
Have you ever read a book that did not really grab your attention initially, only to pick it up later and have an entirely different perspective of the book? That was my experience with Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning. I actually read this book several years ago. I enjoyed it, but it was not one of my favorites by Manning. But recent circumstances prompted me to read it again and it turned out to be exactly what my soul needed to hear.

Manning calls the act of trusting in the love of God the se
Aug 09, 2010 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
POWERFUL BOOK! My first time reading Manning. His writing is so deep and bluntly honest, at times I had to stop and reflect on how what I read made me rethink what I thought about many things.

What is ruthless trust? "Living without self-pity because self-pity is the arch enemy of trust. Ruthless Trust is an unerring sense, way deep down, that beneath the surface agitation, boredom, and insecurity of life, it's gonna be all right. Ill winds may blow, more character defects may surface, sickness
Dec 21, 2015 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
There are books that come along that change how I function, and change how I think and act. This book, discovered through a local Sunday School class, creates or provides thoughts that seem to complete a journey for me.

Manning offers visages of a Jesus, of a God that wants us to trust, to love and be loved. We are sinners - they know this. Why spread fear and self-loathing as a path to either? I struggled with this for years, but in the few days it took me to read this - hearing stories of self
Apr 03, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
This book gives your heart an anthem to believe in and comfort along the way to keep moving forward. So you love Jesus and consider yourself a Christian? Good! You have faith, hope and love? Awesome! How's your trust in God looking these days? Mine was astonishingly weak and I didn't know what to do about that. This book points you to the textbook of scripture and the lives of those who have gone on before as well as some contemporary examples. You might want to have a dictionary handy if you re ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Breanna rated it it was amazing
This broken, gypsy-minded, lapsing and re-lapsing alcoholic overhauled my faith in five days. He held my hand as I searched my Savior for a reason to trust and to be loved, and found it on almost every page.

This is one of those books I feel like I've been looking for my whole life. Brutally honest, heartbreakingly relatable and never misses a chance to try to explain the unfathomable implications of Jesus's death for us. I've been trying to "get" the gospel, therefore God's love, and the haze h
Dave Johnson
Mar 02, 2010 Dave Johnson rated it liked it
probably more like a 3.5

this is a hard book to judge, because it seems like it's all over the place. at least, it did to me. i really enjoyed the first half and thought that Manning had a lot of great things to say about trust. but it seemed like he went on several tangents to explain what he means, but it didnt seem like it fit. probably the hardest chapter for me to read was the one on God's transcendence. and it may just be my experiences and aversions to Emergent philosophy, but it sounded a
Aug 05, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
Great book. Convicting, encouraging, challenging in regards to my spiritual life. This is the first of Brennan Manning's books that I've read, so I don't know how it compares with others. Although it's a short book, I took a long time to read it, a little at a time, giving me time to digest what I was reading.

I was afraid it would be all about how we "should" trust God more, which of course I know I should. But one of the most helpful things it showed/reminded me was that it's not about me and
Apr 19, 2013 Sammi rated it it was amazing
This book is blowing my mind!

Everything comes down to ruthless trust nowadays... Believing that God is for you, believing that he has plans and purposes that a far beyond your expertise, believing that he chooses YOU to be in on the action. Believeing is one thing, but belief won't push you into the unknown, belief on it's own won't move you into action and build momentum. Trust will! If we can capture the Truth behind trust, we will put our beliefs into action. We will see our feet march on to
April Lyn
Jan 11, 2012 April Lyn rated it really liked it
Recommended to April Lyn by: Tim Mauriello
This was an excellent book. My husband is reading it for discipleship training that he's going through, so I thought I'd read it too. It starts out slow, and after reading the intro and first chapter I didn't think I'd be able to finish it. But I kept plugging away, and the night I started it I read about 70 pages. You get caught up in Manning's zeal and his desire for complete transparency in your relationship with Christ. If you aren't willing to be honest and transparent, then you can't compl ...more
May 08, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Reading Brennan Manning is a balm to my soul. He reminds me of why spending time with God is so vital to living, it is like breathing. We are made for it. Manning does a wonderful job of letting himself be a conduit for God's truth, to stop trying to figure out why and simply trust that God is God and working all things good for them that love Him. The central message of the book is one we are all familiar with, to stop trying to wrest control of our lives away from the one who knows best. Howev ...more
May 09, 2007 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Xians who "get" Jesus, "get" it's good, "get" grace, but are still learning to trust what they know.
The title is the thesis, that our faith requires a "ruthless trust" in what is true and good. Manning's writing, as always, is lucid and engaging, expertly weaving insight with stories to help us to understand on a deeper level the internalization of grace.

His chapter on gratefulness has impacted my faith since I first read it in high school and I return to it often as a reminder that i am exceedingly ungrateful and am trapped and crippled by my sense of entitlement and the bitterness that grow
John Yarbrough
Aug 01, 2012 John Yarbrough rated it it was amazing
My second reading was thorough this time. His chapters push you from one idea to the next and you think they are not tied together but they are interwoven. I would laugh at how Manning loved the turn of a phrase and I could see his pride swell u at a sentence or paragraph. This book means alot more to me now then when I first read it.

We are called to dive deep and allow God to breath the air into us as needed. Called out trust and we stop ourselves by the lack of humility or not being present i
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Richard Francis Xavier Manning, known as Brennan Manning (April 27, 1934 – April 12, 2013)was an American author, friar, priest, contemplative and speaker.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. After returning to the United States, he enrolled at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. ...more
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“The way of trust is a movement into obscurity, into the undefined, into ambiguity, not into some predetermined, clearly delineated plan for the future. The next step discloses itself only out of a discernment of God acting in the desert of the present moment. The reality of naked trust is the life of the pilgrim who leaves what is nailed down, obvious, and secure, and walks into the unknown without any rational explanation to justify the decision or guarantee the future. Why? Because God has signaled the movement and offered it his presence and his promise.” 57 likes
“The splendor of a human heart that trusts it is loved unconditionally gives God more pleasure than Westminster Cathedral, the Sistine Chapel, Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony”, Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”, the sight of 10,000 butterflies in flight, or the scent of a million orchids in bloom. Trust is our gift back to God, and he finds it so enchanting that Jesus died for love of it.” 33 likes
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