“All is Grace” Review

This is a review of the book All is Grace by Brennan Manning.

At first glance I was intrigued by the title All is Grace. What does it mean when he says “All is grace”? Does he mean that God’s grace is powerful enough to forgive any sin? Does he mean that no matter what he does, God’s grace will always be there to fall back on? Even then, I was assuming alot by bringing God into the equation before I had even opened the book.

All is Grace a memoir of the life of Brennan Manning. It has been a long time since I have read a memoir, in fact, I’m not even sure if I’ve read a memoir (maybe I shouldn’t admit that). So what caught my attention immediately was the sense of honesty that I could feel behind the writing. It drew me in, and was one of the things that caused me to not put it down, so I read the whole book in one sitting on a 5 hour bus ride.

Brennan starts from childhood and by the end of the book I felt like I had traveled through his entire life. I felt like I got to see the ups and downs, but as Philip Yancey says in the foreword, we mostly see the downs,

By focusing on the flaws, he (Brennan) leaves out many of the triumphs. I keep wanting him to tell the stories that put him in a good light, and there are many. Choosing full disclosure in a narrative that might burnish his reputation, Brennan presents himself as the apostle Paul once did, as a clay jar, a disposable container made of baked dirt.

You can see this sense of honesty and closeness throughout the whole book. One example of this comes as he is telling a story of when he met who was to be one of his closest childhood friends, Joey,

I thought I’d found a great hiding spot, one nobody could find. But then all of a sudden Joey was there. As I just typed the name–Joey–I felt an ache behind my breastbone. His arrival proved to be life changing.

There was also another factor that urged me to keep reading. Along with the sense of honesty and closeness I felt with Brennan, I also felt like I could resonate with much of his story. Maybe not so much any specific events in his life, but maybe one of the reasons it resonated so well was because I am a sinner, I make wrong decisions. So when Brennan talks about his mistakes he goes to such a place that helps the reader understand not understand why we do what we do, but how God can rectify us and make us whole regardless of our mistakes.

I won’t spoil the whole book for you, but I think one of the things that drew me into the book initially was knowing that he Brennan filled many roles in his life, and I was curious as to how all of it worked out. Everything from a marine, to a priest, to an ex-priest. It is an amazing story and I would encourage you to experience it as well.

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