In 2013, Brennan Manning transitioned from this earth. You’ll find two of his books on my Best 100 Christian Books Ever Written List. If you don’t have them, you should.
I had the privilege of spending time with Manning in 2007. We both spoke at a conference along with N.T. Wright.
In one of the sessions, we all spent time in a living room together. I had time to talk with Manning one-on-one and I asked him a few questions about writing . . . seeing that he’s a remarkable author whom I wanted to glean from.
He said to me, “If you write something and it doesn’t move you, then throw it in the trash. It’s not going to move anyone else.”
I kept these words firmly in mind when I wrote God’s Favorite Place on Earth. A good bit of that book is in delete-land. I hope that what remained moves others.
During the course of our conversation, I also asked Manning about his photographic memory. It was a gift. He said all he had to do was read something once or twice and he could recite it.
Amazing! I saw him do just that when I heard him speak in his two sessions during that conference.
Brennan Manning knew grace, he lived grace, and he taught grace . . . even in his last day of blindness and weakness.
I’m privileged to have met this giant in the faith. And I shall never forget him.
David C. Cook, my publisher, released his autobiography – All is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir. You can order it on discount below.