Summary: Hubert Schwartzentrubers life has spanned dramatic extremes: farming near Lake Huron; ministry in the St. Louis, Missouri Pruitt-Igoe towers; denominational service; pastoring in diverse congregations; welcoming the tears of a young girl homesick at camp who said, They wont let me cry.. But one thing has remained constant: his love for the church and his prophetic desire that it bring justice among both the broken and those who break them.
Comment: This is
a dangerous book. If you are comfortable in your
prejudices and unshakable in your dogmas, you might be
well advised to avoid reading it. It could change you . .
. and then what?
This gentle pastor who loves John
Deere tractors, polishes pieces of colorful stone as
gifts, listens long and hard, writes love poems to his
wife Marythis man offers few pat answers. He simply
invites us to join the walk, in the company of Jesus and
of the wounded ones in this world.
From rural Ontario, to St. Louis
in the unrest of the 1960s, to working with contentious
issues in and for the institutional church, Hubert's
story is as provocative in the reading as it has been in
While he exhibits a heart filled
with love and care for the church and those he believes
are the downtrodden, Hubert also addresses controversial
issues with the forthrightness of an Old Testament
prophet. Should be required reading for seminary students
before entering ministry.
Market: All drawn to a blend of autobiography and passionate reflections on the meaning of the gospel both on Main Street and in in lifes back alleys.
Shelving: Historymemoir, Anababaptist, Mennonite; Evangelism; Urban Ministry; Social Justice. BISAC: Autobiography; Religion, Political Science and Government; RTM: 170 Autobiography; 690 Religion/Ethics, 650.
Excerpt: Follow this link to read a portion of chapter 7, "They Won't Let Me Cry," excerpted in DreamSeeker Magazine.
The Author: Hubert Schwartzentruber, Souderton, Pennsylvania, Hubert has been a pastor for over forty years in a wide variety of settings, ranging from inner city congregations in St. Louis through rural congregations and now Souderton (Pa.) Mennonite Homes. He has also served as staff person in numerous denominational settings, including Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada, Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries (where he helped establish twenty congregations), and Franconia Conference.
Quote: We both had all the credentials needed for inner city church development. We were newly married, never lived in a city, had farm experience in rural Ontario, did not know any person on a first-name basis who was not of European descent. Best of all, we were fresh out of college so still had all our answers intact. Hubert Schwartzentruber, in Chapter Two
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