Brennan Manning spent the past forty years helping others experience the reality of GodÕs love and grace. ItÕs at the heart of everything heÕs written and done. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his spiritual journey took him down a variety of paths. He taught seminarians, spoke to packed arenas, lived in a cave and labored with the poor in Spain, and ministered to shrimpers in Alabama. Brennan was best known as the author of the contemporary classics, The Ragamuffin Gospel, AbbaÕs Child, Ruthless Trust, The Importance of Being Foolish, Patched Together, and The Furious Longing of God.