Brennan Manning has spent the past forty years helping others experience the reality of God's love and grace. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his spiritual journey has taken him down a variety of paths. He has taught seminarians, spoken to packed arenas, lived in a cave and labored with the poor in Spain, and ministered to shrimpers in Alabama. Brennan is best known as the author of the contemporary classics, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba's Child, Ruthless Trust, The Importance of Being Foolish, Patched Together, and The Furious Longing of God. His latest, and probably last, book All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir is a searingly honest memoir recalling the great struggles and heartbreaks of his life. And yet his message of extraordinary grace permeates the troubled narrative of this beloved "ragamuffin's" journey.

John BlasePatheos recently spoke with the co-author of All Is Grace, John Blase, about why Manning chose to write such a difficult memoir, who they hope reads it, and what they both learned about grace in the process. Blase is an editor and the author of numerous books and currently serves as a developmental editor for David C. Cook Publishing. [For more conversation on All Is Grace, including a book excerpt, visit the Patheos Book Club here.]

This is a deeply personal, honest, and raw memoir. How did Manning decide to open up and share his difficult story at this time?

As far as I know, it was a decision pressed by friends who persisted with 'you have to tell your story.' Brennan has never really understood why someone would want to read his story and I believe that humble hesitancy goes a long way. One reviewer called it 'a reluctant memoir' . . . I like that a lot.