Colorado Springs, CO–April 28, 2014–ECPA President Mark Kuyper presented the Jordon Lifetime Achievement Award tonight to Brennan Manning, thus granting the late author the Christian publishing industry’s highest individual honor.
Accepting on behalf of Brennan’s family, Alive’s president Rick Christian remarked:
“I was privileged to work with Brennan a good bit of his professional life and mostly remember him as an impish leprechaun of a man, wearing his patched ragamuffin jeans and sharing an ice cream cone.
On one of his last visits to Colorado Springs, we had breakfast together, finished it with a big fat cone, then he administered communion to me and my wife Debbie in his Holiday Inn room. Soon after, he went downhill fast; early blind, he took a lot of bad falls and got really sick. A year ago this month, Abba’s Child slipped quietly away, into the arms of the One who, as he described it, was exceedingly fond of him. Yesterday he would have been 80.
Each of (Brennan’s) books was, essentially, a love story for the brokenhearted.
Ultimately, Brennan’s life work for which he is posthumously honored tonight, reminds us that God typically doesn’t choose the A-Team through which to display his Kingdom and Power and Glory. He has a thing for the “Brennans” of the world…. The way I see it, Abba uses whatever warm bodies are available and expresses extraordinary fondness for them–right where they’re at. He did so with my friend Brennan. He did so with me . . . and with you. We can only stand back and marvel.”
BRENNAN MANNING (1934-2013) spent his life helping others experience the reality of God’s love and grace. A recovering alcoholic and a former Franciscan priest, he walked a spiritual journey that took him down a variety of paths. He taught seminarians, spoke to packed arenas, lived in a cave while laboring with the poor in Spain, and ministered to shrimpers in Alabama. His unflinching honesty about himself as a ragamuffin, an imposter, and a man in search of the undeserved love of Jesus has encouraged millions of Christians who have grown weary along the way. Brennan is best known as the author of the contemporary classics The Ragamuffin Gospel, All Is Grace, Abba’s Child, Ruthless Trust, The Furious Longing of God, The Importance of Being Foolish, and Patched Together.
The Jordon Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association to an individual for their exceptional contributions to the Christian publishing industry and is named in honor of Charles “Kip” Jordon (1945-1997), Christian publishing veteran of more than 25 years, and former publisher of Word Publishing. Former recipients include Billy Graham, Joni Eareckson Tada, John Stott, Bruce Ryskamp, Pat Zondervan, John Perkins, and Muriel Dennis. –DC