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Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin's Path to God

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In his sequel to The Ragamuffin Gospel bestselling author Brennan Manning shows how true and radical trust in God can transform our lives.

Manning, beloved author and spiritual teacher, shows us how trust in God can transform our lives and open us up to deeper experiences of grace and love. In Ruthless Trust, he turns his focus from furious love to radical trust, revealing
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by HarperOne (first published October 1st 2000)
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Cori Cook
Aug 19, 2008 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 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 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 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 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 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
Jan 07, 2011 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
Chas Bailey
Jul 26, 2015 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
Jason Kanz
Mar 17, 2015 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
Bob Price
Jun 18, 2013 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
Apr 24, 2012 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 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 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 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was good to the last drop.
Debi Walter
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm using this book as the resource for my Ladies' Retreats this year. Having just returned from my first one, I was deeply affected at how Mr. Manning's words and insights impacted each of us right where we are.
He tells rich stories of what Trust is and isn't. He challenges us in the daily temptations we face to doubt God's faithfulness.

He quotes many others whom I respect, which helped give this book credibility since I had not heard of Brennan Manning before. Here's one by Henri Nouwen:

"To b
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
I’m not a huge fan of the rambling writing style of Manning in this book, but he did have a lot of solid thoughts and illustrations of what trusting God looks like in our lives. One of my favorite quotes from this book is, “If the night is bad and our nerves are shattered and darkness comes and pain is all around and the Holy One is conspicuous by his absence and we want to know the true feelings of the inscrutable God toward us, we must turn and look at Jesus.” If you are in a rough spot in lif ...more
Jan 23, 2017 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
Tricia Culp
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book 7 stars. The heart of this book- about finding and practicing trust in our God, is beyond beautiful and helpful. Every Christian bookshelf should have this book- and I rarely say that. The first and last chapters- his basic treatise on trusting God, are worth buying the book for and reading over and over again.
mike hatcher
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Few authors speak to my heart like Brenan Manning. I wish my mind could retain the great examples he shares that bring color to the truths he shares. Most of all, I appreciate his brutal transparency of his shame and hard lessons.
Kenneth Mortimer
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Manning may just become my new favourite spiritual author. I needed this book. Trust, as I now see it, is that key that opens the heretofore hidden treasures of God - no matter our situation or condition.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: funsummer17
Great messages from Brennan that are always so encouraging to me. I liked the new analogies and tangents in this text. The book was a little scattered and not tied together well, though, which could paint parts as contradictory for some readers and I'm not sure that's beneficial to anyone.
Laura Fissel
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ruthlessly personal, honest, and wise, as I've come to expect from this Ragamuffin author. I intend to revisit this one and, I suspect, be as affected by what I read this time even as I surely discover new applications and challenges.
Russ Cripps
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Consistent Manning

True to his manner, Manning delivers another well written, utterly life-changing book. His ability to convey deep theology with simple words is a continual breath of fresh air. Another winner from this authentic soul.
Sonja Warner
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book that I will be reading again. Brennan Manning is both intelligent and expressive, and his thoughts and insights into Ruthless Trust offered a fresh perspective to me in many ways.
Julie Girardi
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Again, Brennan Manning always helps me to see my life and my heart the way God sees me. A life-changing book :)
Brian Pannell
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Manning. His writing has a rhythm and lilt to it, that makes it feel alive. He has a wonderful way with words that inspire and comfort me. Great little book.
Lathan Craft
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You trust Him to the extent that you know you are loved by Him. Great book.
Jonathan Bullington
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the best foundational books for any person that says they are a Christian. Love the honesty and practical application.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirit-food
I read Brennan manning slow. To rest in the weightiness of his writings. He does it again here with Ruthless Trust. So unbelievably good!!!
Paul Byler
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brennan has evidently spent a lot of time processing the deep quagmires of faith, doubt, and love.
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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 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.” 61 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.” 36 likes
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