All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir

Brennan Manning with John Blase, read by Maurice England. Christianaudio, unabridged, four CDs, 4 hrs., $24.98 ISBN 978-1-61045-203-8

Priest, war veteran, recovering alcoholic, author, and inspirational speaker, Manning looks back at a varied life and give thanks to the many people who guided him and enriched his experiences along the way. While reflecting on the past, Brennan acknowledges his sins, but never blames others and willingly accepts his shortcomings. Maurice England narrates with clear delivery and a wry tone. His voice is deep and powerful, smoothly shifting from the whimsical to the intimate and engaging the listener. However—perhaps because of the author’s advanced age—England fails to capture the essence of Manning. And while this disconnect may distract some listeners, England still turns in a solid performance and does justice to a long and interesting life. A David C. Cook hardcover. (Oct.)