My dad loves to keep us stocked with good books. He mails them to us. He gives them to us for birthdays and for Christmas presents. He blesses us with them all the time and we love it.
A few years ago he turned me on to one of his favorite authors. His name was Brennan Manning.
I had never heard of him but he quickly became one of my favorites as well. My girlfriend recently began reading some of his books.
He had an amazing life story and he was never shy about sharing it. Warts and all. Because in that life story, many times ugly and uncomfortable, he came to know the love of God and understand his grace. He didn't "play church." He was real and that made many people, even Christians, uncomfortable. Some even shunned him because of his honesty. That never stopped him from sharing what God was doing in his life.
Brennan Manning was a person who, like all of us, had many flaws. He would be the first to tell you how great a sinner he was but he never doubted the love of God and His unending grace and forgiveness.
My girlfriend found out this morning that he passed away on Friday.
He's with his Abba Father now and, if there is ice cream in heaven, I'm sure he's sharing a cone with someone.
Here is one of my all time favorite quotes by our brother:
"The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."