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  1. Winn Collier on June 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    That’s really powerful, John. I’m glad they did it so artfully, fitting. Can’t wait to read.

    • thebeautifuldue on June 16, 2011 at 12:47 am

      Winn, thanks…yes, I believe they really did a nice job.

  2. Stephen W. Smith on June 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Beautiful. I can’t wait!

  3. Susie Finkbeiner on June 16, 2011 at 1:08 am

    What a beautiful clip. Thank you for sharing this!

  4. Applied Love and Mercy | Seth Haines on June 16, 2011 at 11:47 am

    […] was this video that started me thinking yesterday. An aged Brennan Manning sits in obvious deterioration eeking […]

  5. Roslyn on June 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    John…words fail me as I view this clip. Tears flow as I view this gifted man both in his prime and in his present state. An awesome work.

    • thebeautifuldue on June 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Roslyn, he is a gift…I’m so glad you like the clip.

  6. whimzie on June 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I know I’m tired because I was up with a sick boy last night, but I don’t think that fully explains why this clip just makes me an emotional mess.

    I don’t know if Meredith mentioned it to you, but I met Brennan Manning at a Christian booksellers conference over a decade ago. I had never read a word he’d written and didn’t even spend any real time in conversation with him, but I was greatly impacted by him just the same. I think it was his eyes. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who said as much through his eyes as he did. And it was just something about his presence. He just seemed “realer” than most.

    Since then I’ve read and have been impacted by his words. Thanks for continuing to whet our appetite for the book’s release. I can’t wait to read it.

    • thebeautifuldue on June 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      Whimzie, I like your word – ‘realer’ – you’re right on the money. Its cool that his presence alone made such an impression…

  7. Kathy on June 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    John, thanks for your tender care with Brennan. This is a beautiful clip.
    The book title is fantastic. I can’t think of a better phrase for summing up Brennan’s life.

  8. Ali on June 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I clicked over from Meredith’s blog. I’ve never heard of Brennan Manning but, I loved that video clip and I now want to read this book! 🙂 I’m very curious read a book about God’s deep love. I struggle to believe God loves me as deeply as the clip discussed God’s love. Can’t wait to read this book!

    ~ Ali

    • thebeautifuldue on June 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      Ali, thanks for clicking over! This book is his memoir…two of his previous titles that really speak to God’s love are The Ragamuffin Gospel and Abba’s Child…I’d direct you to those two books, they’re excellent!

  9. on June 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    can you tell me the name of the song and the artist playing behind this trailer…beautiful. You could not have picked a more fitting tribute song! Love Brennan and his books…what an inspiration to all! God Bless!

    • thebeautifuldue on June 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      The song’s from The City Harmonic…the title is ‘Coming My Way’…glad you like it and thanks for stopping by!

  10. Tim Bergren on June 17, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Brennan led a retreat for the Multnomah crew when we lived in Oregon. He was a combination of swirling, righteous anger and gentle serenity—all in one sentence. And while you probably won’t say it, I will. If anyone can capture a human being in words, you are that writer. And I’m not saying that because I want a signed copy either…

  11. Winn Collier on June 17, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I want a signed copy.

  12. simone on June 17, 2011 at 2:40 am

    All I can say is WOW!!!!! Brennan has been an inspiration to me…….he used to be my stepfather and he is one of the most loving and caring men I have ever known. John, thank you for writing this book..

    • thebeautifuldue on June 17, 2011 at 3:30 am

      Simone, thanks so much for taking the time to comment…your words are a wonderful surprise!! Thanks again…

  13. Ed Moise on June 17, 2011 at 6:44 am

    As Jesus spoke “Love God and love one another”…Abba as Daddy and Do you believe God loves you as you are? are fitting tribute to the simplicity of Brennan’s message. Well done. I miss my friend.

  14. Butch Farabow on June 19, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I too loved the clip and am sure the book will be a fitting tribute to our dear friend

    • thebeautifuldue on June 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you, Butch…in the short time I’ve known him he has become a dear friend of mine too.

  15. Fil Anderson on June 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm


    Well done…very well done. I’m so grateful for your sensitivity and kindness. Grace and peace to you friend!

    • thebeautifuldue on June 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      Fil, thanks for stopping in…hope to see you soon.

  16. Julie Todd on June 22, 2011 at 12:39 am

    John, You probably don’t remember me, I met you back in 2005 when I came to Colorado from Georgia to attend Captivating with Meredith and Julie Glenn. My oldest daughter, Hannah, (who house sat for you guys when you were out of town when she lived in CO) told me about this. I was blown away when I saw it. What a great book I know this will be. You both are amazing writers…. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. If you need anyone to do a review for you I’d love to be on the list…

    I know this will be amazing… you are truly a gifted writer…

    (from Georgia)

    • thebeautifuldue on June 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Julie, sure I remember you…thanks for the note…the book releases in October, so as we get closer we’ll ask for/get reviews and I’ll keep you in mind.

      Thank you again for the kind words.

      • Julie Todd on June 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm

        Thanks John, It would be my pleasure to give reviews on my blog, Amazon (where I have a storefront), Barnes and Noble, Facebook and wherever else you can think of… Thank you for keeping me in mind!

        Can’t wait to read it!

  17. Amanda on July 12, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I love Brennan’s heart as seen through his wiriting, and it has been the way to so much healing in me. I choked up watching this video, it’s amazing. I can’t wait for this book! (and I’ll most definately lurk around your blog!)

  18. Ron on August 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    My heart was so moved. I was unaware ofhis condition. Can someone fill me in?

    • thebeautifuldue on August 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      Ron, he’s back in Belmar, NJ, near his sister and bro-in-law…old age, alcohol, etc. are factors in his current condition.

  19. K Helmers on August 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I can’t help thinking of the hot topic I began hearing about years ago from (especially male) Christian leaders: “finishing well.” I always wondered about that phrase. Brennan’s life stands in contrast to the American Christian norm of an upright, Bible-study-attending family man who keeps his nose clean and his pants zipped while continuing to make disciples into his old age. When you’re so broken that God’s grace is the only reality that gives your life meaning, at least you’re not susceptible to the righteous pride of a self-consciously godly person. And if any light shines out of you, it is indeed only the light of Christ that can do so.

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