You don’t know what a ragamuffin is? I didn’t either. I’d just heard of Brennan Manning’s book for over a decade and never took the time to read it. Then I got the opportunity to review The Ragamuffin Bible thanks to Booksneeze.
I thought it would be wise to read The Ragamuffin Gospel before reading the companion Bible. While you don’t have to do the same, it might be wise to read. It will enrich your spiritual journey and encourage your heart. You will identify yourself with the beat-up and brokenhearted all around.
As for the Bible published by Zondervan, it contains numerous devotions and reflections from the life and work of the recently passed Manning (just died in 2013). The NIV translation makes the Bible accessible by a wide range of ages. The font size is reader friendly, and the frequency of Manning’s writing is balanced and timely, which may help you if you’re trying to read large chunks or even get through the Bible in a year (an endeavor that generally comes to a crashing halt somewhere in Leviticus!).
There is no pretense in Manning’s words. What makes him so endearing is his honesty and transparency. Regardless of one’s translation preference, this Bible is a welcomed addition to anyone’s journey with God. Retails for $34.99