The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story

The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story

by Brennan Manning, Greg Garrett

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ISBN-13: 9780310339021
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 756,633
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Brennan Manning spent his life and ministry helping others experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his own spiritual journey took him down a variety of paths, all of them leading to the profound reality of God’s irresistible grace. His ministry responsibilities varied greatly – from teacher, to minister to the poor, to solidary reflective. As a writer, Brennan Manning is best known as the author of the contemporary classics, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba’s Child, Ruthless Trust, The Importance of Being Foolish, Patched Together, and The Furious Longing of God.

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The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Prodigal by Brennan Manning and Greg Garrett Jack Chisholm is a “peoples pastor”, that is until he commits an act even a non-religious man would say is a sin. He loses his job, family, friends and respect. His story evolves into mending bridges with his terminally ill father and becoming a better man. He is forced to make decisions and fights to prove he is not the man media has shown. This powerful story was a perfect weekend read. I was cautious when I started this book, I thought the scandal was a little too much for a religious read. After I got used to the idea I couldn’t put it down. I like to put myself in the mind-set of the target audience. I feel that this would be a wonderful read for a middle-aged fairly religious woman. No offence meant to anyone, that may have sounded stereotypical. The Prodigal never seemed to get boring or drag, in fact, I thought it kind of ended too soon. All in all I had good feelings about this story. One quote really stood out to me and made me appreciate the life that I have had growing up. “But knowing your father loves you is different. Your father doesn’t have to love you. He didn’t give birth to us. The father has traditionally been outside the home working, hunting, farming, doing tax audits. We are separate from our fathers in ways we aren’t from our mothers.” pg 232 I really loved this quote in particular because it is true for my family. My father was always my best friend growing up. I remember playing cards all day long in the summer and the candies he would bring home to me from work. I appreciate the life my parents provided me and even when I failed or disappointed they still loved me and forgave my mistakes. This is a break in tradition for my father family. His father was the working father whom took no interest in cuddles or stories. My grandmother was responsible for the warm fuzzy feelings. The pride I have for my father for knowing he wanted to be different and show his love and wisdom is overwehlming. Everyone that reads this book should have a moment of “wow, that is really an amazing thing that we all take for granted.” I encourage anyone to pick this book up. It is definately not limited to any type of person but I do encourage an open mind whenever you pick up a new read. Judging a book by it’s cover means you miss out on some great ideas. This book was provided to me free of charge by Booksneeze in exchange for my opinion. I was not told how to feel about what I read, these opinions are my own.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
The title alone is a strong clue that this novel is a contemporary retelling of the prodigal's son parable. What Manning and Garrett have done is create a modern tale of a fallen man, megachurch founder Jack Chisholm, who while he finds himself saved by his earthy father's strong love, also finally finds the true meaning of this well known parable of God's willingness to accept us into the fold despite our pasts. When Chisholm's one night infidelity is discovered and shared via social media, his life appears to shatter within hours.  His wife and child are whisked away from the press to a safe place by the church and won't communicate with Jack. Relieved of all his pastoral duties, his funds are cut off, and he is left to sink on his own.  Humiliated, Jack flees to Mexico to drink himself into forgetfulness and obscurity.  But his father, whom he had walked away from years ago, comes and takes him home to small town Texas.  There, as Jack begins to confront problems he'd left there a decade earlier, he really learns the strength of a father's love. First, let me tell you that Rev. Jack Chisholm is NOT a likable person at the beginning of the book. His father and sister have every reason to leave him in his self-made heap, but they don't and it is through them, along with Father Frank, that Jack and the readers begin to see how redemptive love for another can be.  It is clear that Jack will need to decide which life - small town Texas and the good deeds he has undertaken there or a return to the coastal megachurch with its world wide following is the path that his earthly father and his heaven father want for this restored son. Author Brennan Manning, a Catholic priest, is possibly best known for his work The Ragamuffin Gospel. He spent much time working with the poor and considered himself a forgiven sinner. I believe his personal life gave realism to Father Frank and to the townspeople of this novel.  Manning died last year. Garrett is an Episcopalian lay preacher, a professor of English, and author of over 15 books.  I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.
SarahJo4110 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book struck a cord with me about the astounding forgiveness, grace , mercy and love of the Father bestowed on me through Jesus Christ. I also am a prodigal and have experienced the cleansing forgiveness of Jesus. Thank you for a book that tells the story so well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing read. I couldn't put it down. The characters are warm, gritty, self-deprecating, and honestly flawed. The message is clearly about presenting the love of and acceptance from God in a way all of us long to experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the opening lines of The Ragamuffin Gospel I knew that Brennan Manning had a way of delivering the truth about the grace of God that I had never experienced before. In his last work The Prodigal co-written by Greg Garrett I was not disappointed either. From the opening pages Manning invites the reader into a story that we can all find ourselves apart of at some point in life. Following the public fallout of the “people’s pastor” Jack Chisholm, the reader is taken through a journey of brokenness, despair, grief, forgiveness, hope, restoration and grace. Brennan Manning beautifully shows the story of the prodigal son in the relationship of Jack and his own father. This book is a must read! I could write out hundreds of words to describe it to you and do it no justice. This book and its story of grace and how we are able to receive the restoration that we find in the arms of our Abba is a beautiful ending to the life of Brennan Manning. “A true companion piece to The Ragamuffin Gospel, The Prodigal illustrates the power of grace through the story of a broken man who finally saw Jesus not because he preached his greatest sermon or wrote his most powerful book, BUT because he failed miserably.” We have all failed miserably and we all need God’s grace to find us and let us know we can “come home.” This updated version of the prodigal son is one that needs to be read so that a new generation of ragamuffins can understand the grace and tenderness that Brennan Manning devoted his life to. He will forever be remembered sharing a message that speaks to the prodigal in all of us, “God loves us just as we are, and not as we should be”. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
The Prodigal is the last written work of Brennan Manning and as such it becomes an important legacy to his life work. I personally think it does him justice. Greg Garrett has done a masterful job of putting to paper the words that we have come to know and love from Brennan Manning. The book is obviously based on the infamous prodigal son from the Bible. The story of Jack Chisholm could belong to any of us. Jack is at the pinnacle of a successful ministry and yet a seemingly momentary decision leads to the destruction of his life and those around him. Through a very humbling and gritty tale we watch the love of a father rescue his son. This is a father that was always there just waiting for Jack to turn to him. We get to see redemption and restoration but we also see consequences to the sin that destroyed so much. The story ends but the reader is left contemplating the truths that are contained within the work. You just can't help but do some self reflection and evaluation when you turn the last page. The reader is not only left knowing that we are all in need of salvation but the Source of that salvation is clearly pointed to. I would be remiss if I didn't point you to the beginning of the book and the 'Note From The Author'. Greg Garrett's very moving tribute to Brennan Manning is not to be skipped. In fact I found it to be as uplifting as the book itself. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy via BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. Jack Chisholm is a popular pastor fallen from Grace. His is a story that even though a person might be at his/her lowest point there's still a Father who is willing to welcome us home with open arms. I laughed, and mostly cried but I found this to be an uplifting, powerful story. I liked it so much I read it in just a few hours. The only problem I had with it was the liberal use of alcohol by the pastor and other characters but it didn't detract from me enjoying the story. Check this one out!