For Notorious Sinners

“This book is by the one who thought he’d be farther along by now, but he’s not. It is by the inmate who promised the parole board he’d be good, but he wasn’t. It is by the dim-eyed who showed the path to others but kept losing his way. It is by the wet-brained who believed if a little wine is good for the stomach, then a lot is great. It is by the liar, tramp, and thief; otherwise known as the priest, speaker, and author. It is by the disciple whose cheese slid off his cracker so many times he said ‘to hell with cheese ‘n’ crackers.’ It is by the young at heart but old of bone who is led these days in a way he’d rather not go.


This book is also for the gentle ones who’ve lived among wolves. It is for those who’ve broken free of collar to romp in fields of love and marriage and divorce. It is for those who mourn, who’ve been mourning most of their lives, yet they hang on to shall be comforted. It is for those who’ve dreamed of entertaining angels but found instead a few friends of great price. It is for the younger and elder prodigals who’ve come to their senses again, and again, and again, and again. It is for those who strain at pious piffle because they’ve been swallowed by Mercy itself. This book is for myself and those who have been around the block enough times that we dare to whisper the ragamuffin’s rumor – all is grace.

…Over the tar of my life, I have usually been headed toward something along the lines of ‘professional commitments.’ Or at least I thought they were. But those trips are over now. I am living in a different emotional direction. I am steering toward home, hardly a poster child for anything… anything, that is, but grace. These pages are my final words on the matter. Grace is everything. I am Brennan the witness.

Tout est Grâce,


Brennan Manning, All Is Grace, pages 26-27, 33.


Thank you Brennan.


2 thoughts on “For Notorious Sinners

  1. That book is for me.

    Hard as I try, I’m never able to cut it. And ofttimes, in the trying, I forget my neighbor and put all the focus on myself.

    I’ve given up (trying to cut it). I’m just going to cling to that cross with all those (mentioned in the passage above).

    He has declared me righteous for His sake…and that is good enough. It is good enough.

    Thank you, John, for a very encouraging word of grace.

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