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The Signature of Jesus

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,068 ratings  ·  77 reviews

The Signature of Jesus
challenges the gospel of "cheap grace" and calls the church to radical discipleship. With passion and boldness, author Brennan Manning invites readers to risk living life as Jesus lived—committed to simplicity, purity of heart, and obedience to the gospel.

As a radical alternative this book is offered to Christians who want to live by faith and not b
Paperback, 252 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Multnomah (first published 1988)
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Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the first few chapters, I wasn't enjoying this book at all. I didn't like the authors writing style and flow. I also found myself not really being thrilled about the message he was sending. However, as I continued reading, I started to realize that despite not always agreeing with what he was trying to say that the overall message, while being hard to hear, was something that I needed to hear. His message of being a true follower of Christ was a hard pill to swallow, but it's the type of m ...more
Parts of this book amazed me with their simple profundity. Other parts just made me shake my head. There's a lot of worthwhile stuff in here that I took to heart, but it's mixed with a lot of theologically iffy ramblings. (Also, is no one going to talk about the fact that Manning re-uses quotes and anecdotes from his writings--sometimes in the very same book? One entire page is lifted almost verbatim from The Ragamuffin Gospel.)
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brennan Manning is the one author I cannot get enough of and that I return to time and time again. In his most famous book, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Manning introduces his readers to the concept of grace. That grace is something God gives us which we don't deserve..even if we are prodigals and go our own way. The Signature of Jesus is written as a sequel to that. Yes, there is grace which is freely given, but it is also our responsibility to practice wholehearted discipleship. In the same pattern ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read this book, which first came out in 1988, and I cannot believe how appropriate it is for today. The chapter on “the discipline of the secret” now seems totally prophetic. The chapter on discipleship is challenging and the chapter on “grabbing aholt of God” makes me want to become a hermit for a day or two. So much gold in here, written by a man who was just so kind, so it doesn’t come across as preachy, ever.
Jonathan Tysick
Manning has a unique ability to give a good kick in the pants whilst preventing you from condemning yourself. He paints a picture of radical discipleship and always leads the reader to Jesus, the Spirit and our Abba Father. A book to be savoured rather than gulped. I hope to re-read it in the years to come (not something I say very often).
Nolan Day
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Manning is one of my favorite nonfiction writers. He speaks so profoundly about love, goodness, and grace; the source of all being Jesus Christ. Discipleship is difficult at times, if we truly follow Jesus. However, He invites all of us, ragtag misfits, to join in the good life. Profound, simple. It's all about love- get religiosity out of here.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Even though this book was written years ago, it is so timely. It’s message coincides with everything I’m hearing and sensing that the Lord is saying to His Church. The last paragraph of the book sums it up so well. If you’re searching for meaning in your life, read this book!
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una vez más Brennan Manning nos presenta la fe apuntando al amor extraordinario de Dios y las demandas del Evangelio teniendo muy presente la realidad de nuestra naturaleza.
Un libro que nos llena de esperanza y nos desafía a caminar con Dios sin esconder nuestras debilidades.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The greatest need for our time is for the church to become what it has seldom been: the body of Christ with its face to the world, loving others regardless of religion or culture, pouring out in a life of service. offering hope to a frightened world, and presenting itself as a real alternative to the existing environment.

downward mobility:
path of power vs. path of powerlessness
road to success vs. road to servanthood
board road of praise/popularity vs. narrow road of ridicule/rejection

God utters m
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read! Wonderful insights on prayer and moving from a life of beliefs to a life abundant in faith. I liked it better than Abba's Child.
Karen Wong
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought-provoking, challenging, and honest are some words that can be used to describe The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning. In it, the reader is forced to strip away religion and encouraged to pursue the love of Jesus. Through beautiful writing, Manning shares with us his life with the Risen Christ and how He has redeemed his life from self-justification. At the same time, Manning in every chapter teaches us how to have the mind of Christ, how to be a radical disciple of Christ, and how to ...more
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very thought-provoking book on not so much Christian living as Christian being. The big question is, "is my life marked with the signature of Jesus?". It's not about living in such as way as to try to gain the "approval" of Jesus, but living in such as way as we would if we really understood that we already DO have His approval. So many churches and Christian leaders and pastors try to teach us to be better Christians; be more like Christ. And so often, that is supposed to be done by ...more
Curtis Lillie
I really enjoyed much of this book. Manning is widely known as the "grace guy." I started reading, intrigued by the implication of Manning's claim that "radical grace requires a response of radical discipleship."

There were several chapters and sections that I just couldn't zip through. They were so good and thoughtful that I had to pause and sit with the contents for a bit.

However, I struggled throughout the book to see where it was heading. There wasn't a coherent narrative or movement (not tha
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't have high expectations when I began this book. However, it didn't take long for me to gain a huge respect for the author and the book itself. The Signature of Jesus addresses many parts of the Christian life, and challenges readers to want and pursue more out of their relationship with Christ. Brennan Manning offers insights on prayer, discipleship, service, the darkness of the Christian walk, and many more aspects of our walk with Christ that we will all have to face. It is highly conv ...more
May 07, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
Just when I thought it was weird to always give good ratings to books I read this one. I didn't agree with most of the theology in this book. I think there is a problem today with so much being talked about Jesus the Son of God and not enough talk about what his message actually was. There was a small part in the middle of this book that I did really like. It touched on an idea that I often wondered about as a child. If Jesus wanted us to be kind to the poor and giving of ourselves and helping o ...more
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after reading a Dallas Willard book and so this book doesn't seem as rich and full as I normally find Manning. But, Manning always makes me cry, and this book made me stop and pause a few times, and think about the implications of what he was saying. As always, Manning's books make me uncomfortable. He is so emotional and raw, and he challenges me to rethink many of my assumptions. I have highlighted many other books from his reference list and will continue to use the "personal ...more
Eric King
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Manning. His pure understanding of the Gospel of Christ is so refreshing. The way this book points out the love of God sending us the ultimate portrait of how He desires us to live in and through His very own Son, is amazing. Manning never disappoints to portray the heart of God in his writing. And the best part is that unlike many other Christian (i use this term loosely) authors, Mr. Manning writes with only one agenda, Gods love, not personal gain or promotion. He never misses a chance ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A book that touched my life on contemplative prayer. I have been blessed by following the silent prayer and the prayer where I would listen to Christ's voice. Towards the end of his book, Manning brought me to believe that the many experiences of people I had thrashed in the past as mere imaginations and dreams, to be real when the relationship with Christ deepens! I really loved this book.
I'd recommend this to all of those who are beginning to follow Christ, and to those who want to be radical
Brandon Stiver
Very good insight into discipleship. I had started to read The Ragamuffin Gospel at one point but had trouble getting into it. This book however was more challenging as far as life and thought patterns go, so that was an enticement to dig in. His insights are golden and he is incredibly articulate. He tells some great stories and really models what living out that discipleship looks like. Definitely a good read for people that are looking to go deeper with the Lord. I think that Manning himself ...more
Fernanda La Salye
Nada é tão desconcertante — e, ao mesmo tempo, mais cativante — quanto a mensagem da cruz. É no caminho do Calvário que o poder da vida, traduzida na simplicidade do coração humilde e compassivo, se manifesta de forma eloqüente. É o segredo que levou o próprio Rei Jesus a optar pela coroa de espinhos, ainda que toda a ostentação dos reinos do mundo lhe fosse oferecida. Qual a explicação para essa escolha radical? Contradição? Não. Apenas graça.
I have read this book over and over and over again. Every time there is something else that is life changing.
Brennan's, what can only be described as emerging, views on the church are not only poignant but filled with the grace and love of Christ. He is an author that cuts straight to the nitty gritty, leaving all traces of jargon and over spirituality on the wayside.
I would hit the five stars a million times for this book.
Jane Glen
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious-faith
Absolutely loved this book. A most refreshing and challenging read about living out our Christian life within the shadow of the cross. Understanding and valuing that great sacrifice should change our attitudes, action and interactions. But as we all know, we are human and frailties beset us- just another reminder of why the cross is important. A must-read for anyone interested in growing their spiritual lives.
I read this when I was 15 or 16. It was my first encounter with Brennan Manning- a man who I had heard many wonderful things about from people I admired. After finishing it, I remember thinking "THAT was "THE Brennan Manning?!". It wasn't bad, by any means...but I don't remember finding anything overly profound, or anything that would make him worthy of the hype surrounding his stuff.

Decent book, but a bit underwhelming after hearing how incredible his stuff is.
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No matter what Brennan Manning book I pick up my spiritual life is impacted. This book was no different. Almost every page has been highlighted, underlined or contains a note. The personal stories he shares helps you to relate it to your own life. The quotes from others add immensely to the content of this book. It is a must read and one to go back to again and again.
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good summary of the journey from knowledge to experience. My favorite part was the chapter on contemplative prayer as a way beyond mere devotional spirituality, the latter of which which tends to lead toward a new way of doing but not necessarily of seeing. "I spent so much time doing the things that would please God that I had no time left just to be with God."
Aug 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I took quite a bit away from this book. The author's style is a bit formal. I doubt anyone will breeze through without a dictionary, but it's worth the effort. My 2 favorite themes: centering down in contemplate prayer & moving from intellectual belief to faith in action. This is a good companion to Chan's Crazy Love.
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed some of what Brennan had to say, most of it seemed like random thoughts thrown together into a book. I could not pick out a running theme through his writing and I finished the book and immediately began to wonder, "What have I just read? What was it about? Can I even take anything from this?"
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A call to radical, passionate discipleship! Loved it. Christians really do need to turn up the heat on their love of Jesus. We need a real relationship with Him if we are to be changed and if we are to help change our world. As a sign in front of one of my local churches said, " Lose your religion, follow Jesus." Amen and happy reading!
Eli Suddarth
Sep 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: christian
this book was excellent. if you've never read anything by manning, i highly suggest picking up one of his books. not only insightful, but well-written and enjoyable to read. this book takes a hard look at what it means to find purpose, or rather leave ideas of purpose behind, in light of God's insurmountable love.
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Manning is a good write with a passion for Jesus and he conveys this very well. I like his focus on experiencing Jesus and not just believing in him. This is my second book by Brennan and I'd like to read another. Some good stuff too on contemplative prayer. I heard Brennan years ago when a pastor in North Vancouver and he was a very good communicator.
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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
“The gospel will persuade no one unless it has so convicted us that we are transformed by it.” 4 likes
“For the Christian one dislocating, self-impoverishing hour spent with a child living in a broken-down dump is worth more than all the burial mounds of rhetoric, all the enfeebled good intentions, all the mumbling and fumbling and tardiness of those Christians who are so busy cultivating their own holiness that they cannot hear the anguished cry of the child in the slum.” 3 likes
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