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Craig Harline

He was christened Richard Francis Xavier Manning, but you probably know him as Brennan Manning, the author of The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba's Child, and many other inspirational books. Manning was a Franciscan priest who spent time all over the world in service to the poor, outreach to the lonely, invitation to the lost, and contemplative communion with his Abba. Shortly before his death in 2013, Brennan Manning's book Dear Abba was completed with the help of John Blase. Dear Abba is a series of honest and insightful morning and evening prayers.

Dear Abba

Manning commended to the world this affectionate familiarity with God as our heavenly Father in all sorts of ways, from his time serving among the poor in Europe to campus ministry in the United States. During his campus ministry in Florida, Manning suffered his first major battle with alcoholism. After six months in rehab that put him on the road to recovery, he began to write in earnest. His message about the good news of the grace of God began to reach audiences in book after book. Then invitations to speak and lead retreats began to pour in. By the time of his death, Manning had touched countless lives. Those who have acknowledged his influence include Rich Mullins, Michael Card, Dallas Willard, Eugene Peterson, Michael W. Smith, and many more.