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That Amazing Junk-Man
The Agony and Ecstasy of a Pastor's Life

Truman H. Brunk

Foreword by Myron S. Augsburger


Summary: This book is a collection of nearly 75 stories and sermonettes drawn from Brunk’s forty years in the ministry. The stories reflect Brunk’s desire to help churches become open and welcoming, instead of exclusive and shunning. The story of Cap’n Jack, the oysterman living “outside the walls” of the Mennonite colony and welcomed into Brunk’s home church at Warwick River Mennonite Church, provides a memorable illustration of this.

Comment: "Here in these narratives--and in the presence of the seasoned pastor recounting them--we discover that the wall between this world and the heavenly realm is incredibly thin.”
Wendy Miller, Author, Jesus our Spiritual Director and Invitation to Presence: A Guide to Spiritual Disciplines

“Truman Brunk, storyteller extraordinaire, has finally committed some of his best to print. They come from his rich life as a builder of houses and more importantly as a builder of human beings. Some of his stories are part Garrison Keillor and part Mark Twain.”
—Gerald W Kaufman, L. Marlene Kaufman, Counselors and Authors

“The intergenerational framework beautifully portrays Truman’s background and reflects a gracious teacher and pastor on a journey of faith, hope, and learning.”
—John and Naomi Lederach, Marriage Therapists (retired)

“These delightful reflections reveal the heart and mind of a beloved pastor who mentored thousands of students, leaders, and congregational members throughout a lifetime of ministry.”
—Loren Swartzendruber, President, Eastern Mennonite University

“Truman steps into our lives in grace. He invites us to walk with him as together we walk with Jesus in life.”
—Myron S. Augsburger,
in the Foreword

Market: Anyone interested in simple, moving, and often humorous interweavings of a pastor’s life experiences with lessons from Scripture.

The Author: Truman H. Brunk, a semi-retired pastor, lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, with wife Betty, a retired social worker. Since his ordination in 1965 and twelve years as campus pastor at Eastern Mennonite University, Truman has served as overseer of churches in Pennsylvania and Virginia and as pastor at Akron Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Warwick River Mennonite Church, and Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. He is currently part-time pastor of students at Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

Shelving: Autobiography/memoir—religious, Anabaptist, Mennonite; Ministry; Homiletics. BISAC: Autobiography. RTM: 170 Autobiography; 690 Religion/Ethics.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House
Imprint: DreamSeeker Books
Copublisher: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA
Publication date: April 2007
Pages: 216
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 trade paper
Prices: $14.95 US, $18.95 Can.
ISBN 13:: 978-1-931038-44-7
ISBN 10: 1-931038-44-9

 

 
 

 

             
             
             
           

Copyright 2007 by Cascadia Publishing House
11/14/07