The NIV Ragamuffin Bible offers a collection of Manning’s raw, painfully honest, yet grace-filled devotions, meditations, and reflections of his journey limping back to—like the prodigal son—his overjoyed father. Features:
- Complete text of the world’s most popular modern-English Bible, the NIV
- 104 Devotions guide you into a deeper connection to God and his Word
- 250 Reflections help you understand what it means to be a child of God
- 150 Quotes offer short but thoughtful insights into God’s kingdom
What I liked:
- Many of the reflections were well-chosen. I have many of these “annotated” bibles so I flip through each of them to see if they highlighted the specific passage I’m working on. Manning’s reflection on Ten Virgins and the preceding “keep awake” sections of Matthew 24-25 was particularly powerful.
- The quotes cover the breadth of Manning’s books: 15 books from 1976’s Prophets and Lovers to the 2011 memoir All Is Grace
- Most quotes are referencing the Psalms and the Gospel of Matthew. I guess we know which Gospel was the Ragamuffin’s favorite, huh?
What I didn’t like:
- 504 snippets covering a 1400 page Bible isn’t much, just about 1 every three pages. The People’s Bible has the same issue at an even more astounding rate: less than 100 references in a 1700 page book. Better is the Spiritual Formation Bible which has a devotional or a guiding reflection on every single page.
- Some of the snippets just didn’t fit. On page 41, Zondervan pairs Manning’s conversion story with the story of Jacob wrestling with God…even though Manning’s was less about struggle and more about being struck unconscious for 3 hours. Odd. Also, on page 40 (referencing the same passage), the title reads “Grab Aholt.” Is that a word? Aholt? Shouldn’t it be “Grab Ahold”? Typo? Annoying.
- The NIV. It really doesn’t jive with the 21st century’s level of scholarship. I can’t handle it. But I guess for devotional reading, it is okay.
So there you go! Anyone else have it that want to sound off?