in your face...
I have been a student of Brennan Manning and the Ragamuffin Gospel for years. His writing creeps into your soul and comes right up into your face; to challenge and encourage, to melt your heart with joy and humility as you seek to be forgiven by a loving Savior.
Now more than ever, I think the church/"body of Christ" needs to read this book and allow it to drive us to the gospel message in order that the gospel message can drive us out of our comfort and out into the streets where Jesus lives and moves and breathes!
“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” ― Brennan Manning
“The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creation. Not to make people with better morals but to create a community of prophets and professional lovers, men and women who would surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within, who would live in ever greater fidelity to the omnipresent Word of God, who would enter into the center of it all, the very heart and mystery of Christ, into the center of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love. This, my friend, is what it really means to be a Christian.” ― Brennan Manning, The Furious Longing of God