"For more than 15 years, Manning's bestseller The Ragamuffin Gospel has reminded us that Jesus did not come for the pretty, pious and powerful. Instead, he came for the ""bedraggled, beat-up and burnt-out"" ragamuffins who desperately need his grace. Dispelling the myth that you must work to receive God's gift of grace and joy, Manning, a fellow ragamuffin, reveals the true nature of a freely-given and unrelenting grace that's available to all. Drop the burden of never measuring up and revel in the comfort of a God who loves you for who you are - not for who you think you should be.
This 2005 release includes a new epilogue, ""The Scandal of Grace: Fifteen Years Later,"" and a new section ""19 Mercies: A Spiritual Journey"" of reading, prayer, and contemplation."