Ruthless Trust


Ruthless Trust examines the major obstacle to living in unconditional love and grace, our inability to trust God. Manning writes, “Unwavering trust is a rare and precious thing because it often demands a degree of courage that borders on the heroic.” Trust is the only way to live unfettered by the guilt of the past or anxiety for the future. Trust makes us live fully in the present, the only place where we can experience God.

Manning argues Trust is our gift back to God, and he finds it so enchanting that Jesus died for it. That the splendor of a human heart that trusts and is loved unconditionally gives God more pleasure than Westminster Cathedral, the Sistine Chapel, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, the sight of 10,000 butterflies in flight, or the scent of a million orchids in bloom.

Key Topics or Truths

Trusting God
Experiencing God

This Book is Good For...

Who struggle with trust because of their past or who struggle with enjoying the present because of anxiety of the future.

How I Use this Book to make disciples

This book is solely used for its singular focus on wholly trusting God and demonstrating that God is trustworthy. It helps disciples realize that they can trust God to have forgiven their past, to heal it, and to use it for good. Ruthless Trust helps disciples release anxiety over near and far future events.

We have disciples read the entire book and then review it in the week following their completion. The topic matter is focused and sufficient and needs little input from the leader.

I often use it as an additional read for Discipleship One because its message is true, important, and relevant to the first phase of discipleship. Many disciples get much help from the simple truth – we need to recklessly abandon ourselves to God, trusting him in the good and the bad knowing that He is true and with us.

Real Life Story

Know Issues or Controversies

Many men have a more difficult time connecting with the writing style. The book has a more touchy-feely feel. Brennan uses many words to say a few important things. With that said, men can get over it because the focus of the book is valuable.

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Reading Time
One Week Maybe Two
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Sit Walk Stand is a good compliment to this book. It provides a more solid feel while dealing with many of the same topics. The Shack has a similar “vibe”, is more well written, but focuses more on experiencing forgiveness.

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