All is Grace – Brennan Manning

All is Grace
All is Grace - Brennan Manning | Image via David C Cook

A new trailer has been released for an upcoming memoir by Brennan Manning:

From the publisher:

It has been over twenty years since the publication of The Ragamuffin Gospel, a book many claim as the shattering of God’s grace into their lives. Since that time, Brennan Manning has been dazzingly faithful in preaching and writing variations on that singular theme – “Yes, Abba is very fond of you!”

But today the crowds are gone and the lights are dim, the patches on his knees have faded. If he ever was a ragamuffin, truly it is now. In this his final book, Brennan roves back his past, honoring the lives of the people closest to him, family and friends who’ve known the saint and the sinner, the boy and the man. Far from some chronological timeline, these memories are witness to the truth of life by one who has lived it – All Is Grace.

I’ve often been blown away by the words of Brennan Manning so I’m really looking forward to this look at his life — in his own words.

As mentioned above, Brennan wrote (several years before before Love Wins):

The love of God for man is, “A union that not only transcends every political, social, cultural and religious consideration and not only infuses them with ultimate meaning, but defines the very purpose of life itself.”

“For His love is never, never, never based on our performance, never conditioned by our moods — of elation or depression. The furious love of God knows no shadow of alteration or change. It is reliable. And always tender.”

It’s a message the world needs to hear.

It’s a message I need to hear.

And it’s a message we’ve been invited to share with the world.

But until we really grab hold of it ourselves, we’ll continually struggle in sharing it with anyone else.

The book is set to release in October 2011. But you can pre-order it today on Amazon.

Until then – how have you seen this deep, deep love of God in your own life?

nicholas fiedler :: 3.36

nick fiedler
nick fiedler

this week we talk with author, podcaster, blogger and hopeful skeptic, nicholas fielder. nick talks about his journey from a “christian” towards a “hopeful skeptic” and some of the lessons he’s learned along the way.

related ::

nick’s site – the hopeful skeptic
nick on twitter
nick on facebook
the hopeful skeptic
the nick and josh podcast
hope exists

music ::

sojourn – go down moses
dj haggis – day 1
jon black – gravity (don’t let me go)

kevin hendricks :: 3.16

Kevin Hendricks and family

this week we catch up with Kevin Hendricks and what’s been going on with him and his family since our first chat in 2008. he talks about being a stay at home dad, the adoption of his son Milo, bald birthday benefit, charity:water and his new book, Addition by Adoption.

we strongly encourage you to order his new book — not only is it a great read, but a portion of the proceeds go directly to building a new water well in Ethiopia.

The book will be available from on May 11 for $9.99.

Or you can pre-order now through April 20:

Pre-order now!

related ::
kevin hendricks blog
kevin on twitter
addition by adoption
least of these
kevin hendricks first chat on the podcast

music ::
bodies of water – doves circle the sky
jennifer knapp – on love

Addition by Adoption: Kids, Causes & 140 Characters

Addition by Adoption

Love, laughter and lunacy in 140 characters.

by Kevin D Hendricks

A work-at-home dad turns to Twitter to share updates about kids, causes and life.

It’s a curated selection of bizarre quotes, funny stories and temper tantrums. Woven between potty-training woes and breakfast time songs is a family growing through adoption and learning how to change the world, one status update at a time.

You’ll find humor, parental commiseration and life-changing wonder mixed into a quick and compelling read.

Available from on May 11 for $9.99.

Pre-Order April 13-20:

Addition by Adoption will be available for pre-order from April 13-20 only. Why pre-order? Glad you asked:

  • It’s cheaper. The pre-order price is $12.99 and shipping is included. Because the shipping is included it’s ultimately cheaper than the official version will be (the book will cost $13.98 with basic shipping from Amazon).
  • More money to charity. Twice as much money will go to charity: water. Score.
  • It’s autographed. Each pre-order copy will be signed by Lexi, my 4-year-old daughter and star of much of the book. Bonus.
  • Get it early. You’ll receive pre-order copies 2-3 weeks after ordering (depending on shipping and printing times), but likely before the official launch.

Pre-order now!

Mandatory FCC disclaimer: each of the sbpodcast hosts were given a digital pre-release copy of this book for review and the advertising of the book on this site has been donated.

A new kind of Christianity

Brian McLaren has a new book coming out shortly and Spencer Burke’s already talking to him about it…

In the book, A New Kind of Christianity, Brian lays out 10 questions people seem to be wrestling with universally.

The questions include:

  • The Narrative Question: What Is the Overarching Storyline of the Bible?
  • The Authority Question: How Should the Bible Be Understood?
  • The God Question: Is God Violent?
  • The Jesus Question: Who is Jesus and Why is He Important?
  • The Gospel Question: What Is the Gospel?
  • The Church Question: What Do We Do About the Church?
  • The Sex Question: Can We Find a Way to Address Sexuality Without Fighting About It?
  • The Future Question: Can We Find a Better Way of View the Future?
  • The Pluralism Question: How Should Followers of Jesus Relate to People of Other Religions?
  • The What Do We Do Now Question: How Can We Translate Our Quest into Action?

Watch the interview:

I’ve always been impressed with McLaren’s generosity and graciousness — can’t wait to read his take on these questions — regardless of whether I agree with his answers or not.

And I love this:

“Questions can bring you on a new quest. Statements can bring you to a new state, and in the process they can create a lot of debate and sometimes that creates hate. We’ve got plenty of hate and debate. But questions can lead you on a new quest, which lead you into conversation, which can produce friendship.” – Brian McLaren

Browse the inside of the book.

The book drops Feb. 9 — and you can pre-order it now on Amazon: A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith

What’s the biggest question you’re wrestling with — especially as it comes to your faith?