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

Book, 2007, 211 pp
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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.

See also the sequel The Singing Junk-Man
"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

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