32 Famous Brennan Manning Quotes

32 Famous Brennan Manning Quotes

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Brennan Manning was a priest, author, and public speaker. He grew up during the depression era and after highschool enlisted in the Marine Corps. He is most known for his bestselling book The Ragamuffing Gospel. He died in 2013.

“Childlike surrender and trust, I believe, is the defining spirit of authentic discipleship.”

“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.”

“Experience has taught me that I connect best with others when I connect with the core of myself. When I allow God to liberate me from unhealthy dependence on people, I listen more attentively, love more unselfishly, and am more compassionate and playful. I take myself less seriously, become aware that the breath of the Father is on my face.”

“Genuine self-acceptance is not derived from the power of positive thinking, mind games or pop psychology. IT IS AN ACT OF FAITH in the God of grace.”

“God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be.”

“Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try and find something or someone that it cannot cover. Grace is enough.”

“Hope knows that if great trials are avoided great deeds remain undone and the possibility of growth into greatness of soul is aborted.”

“How I treat a brother or sister from day to day, how I react to the sin-scarred wino on the street, how I respond to interruptions from people I dislike, how I deal with normal people in their normal confusion on a normal day may be a better indication of my reverence for life than the antiabortion sticker on the bumper of my car.”

“I believe that the real difference in the American church is not between conservatives and liberals, fundamentalists and charismatics, nor between Republicans and Democrats. The real difference is between the aware and the unaware.”

“I have been seized by the power of a great affection.”

“In Love’s service, only wounded soldiers can serve.”

“In my experience, self-hatred is the dominant malaise crippling Christians and stifling their growth in the Holy Spirit.”

“Jesus was victorious not because he never flinched, talked back, or questioned, but having flinched, talked back, and questioned, he remained faithful.”

“My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.”

“My trust in God flows out of the experience of his loving me, day in and day out, whether the day is stormy or fair, whether I’m sick or in good health, whether I’m in a state of grace or disgrace. He comes to me where I live and loves me as I am.”

“Only reckless confidence in a Source greater than ourselves can empower us to forgive the wounds inflicted by others.”

“Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weeps.”

“Our identity rests in God’s relentless tenderness for us revealed in Jesus Christ.”

“Ruthless trust ultimately comes down to this: faith in the person of Jesus and hope in his promise.”

“Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.”

“The gospel declares that no matter how dutiful or prayerful we are, we can’t save ourselves. What Jesus did was sufficient.”

“The life of Jesus suggests that to be like Abba is to show compassion.”

“The story goes that a public sinner was excommunicated and forbidden entry to the church. He took his woes to God.”

“The temptation of the age is to look good without being good.”

“The unwounded life bears no resemblance to the Rabbi.”

“Too many Christians are living in a house of fear and not in the house of love.”

“We have been given God in our souls and Christ in our flesh. We have the power to believe where others deny, to hope where others despair, to love where others hurt.”

“We should be astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that he should bother to call us by name, our mouths wide open at his love, bewildered that at this very moment we are standing on holy ground.”

“We unwittingly project onto God our own attitudes and feelings toward ourselves… But we cannot assume that He feels about us the way we feel about ourselves — unless we love ourselves compassionately, intensely, and freely.”

“When a man or woman is truly honest, it is virtually impossible to insult them personally.”

“When being is divorced from doing, pious thoughts become an adequate substitute for washing dirty feet.”

“Without exposure to potential failure, there is no risk.”