"To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God's grace means…My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ, and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it…Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is an illusion."
- Brennan Manning in Ragamuffin Gospel
and Abba's Child