Book Review: The Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow

the-wit-and-wisdom-of-pastor-joe-brumbelow.jpgI was not sure what to expect when David Brumbelow sent me a copy of his book The Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow. What I discovered was a special little volume that has been a real encouragement to me.

The book is about a son sharing his late father’s life with the world.

It contains “favorite illustrations, personal stories, humor, history, folklore, and lessons learned from over 50 years in the ministry.” You will even find some family recipes in the appendix. The whole project is marked with warmth and character.

Within its 12 chapters and 240 pages, I found a small piece of the Baptist tradition that does not usually make it into the history books. While reading, I could imagine sharing dinnertime memories with this Texas preacher’s family.

I felt a strong personal connection with these stories from page one. I am still new in the ministry. However, Pastor Joe, a very different man from a very different place, had so many experiences that relate to my own. It helps me to learn of our common struggles and joys in ministry.

I am still new as a father. However, this book has encouraged me to live the kind of life (and ministry) that would be worthy of a similar tribute from my own son.

The book is definitely full of wit. One of my favorites was this story from page 137, as told to Pastor Joe by a funeral director:

The funeral director conducted a funeral for a veteran. At the conclusion of the graveside service they gave a 21-gun salute. When the guns sounded, an older woman at the front was so overwhelmed with grief, she fainted and fell to the ground. A little boy in his coat and tie cried out, “Good God, they shot Grandma!”

I am glad I found time to read this book. In a world with too many preacher superstars, these stories about an ordinary Texas preacher strike me as wholesome and real. They give me hope that God might still be calling regular guys (like me) to preach the Gospel.

This book is available at Amazon and Hannibal

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7 Responses to Book Review: The Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow

  1. selahV says:

    David’s book is one of the most endearing books I’ve read about the ministry. So much of his dad’s wit and wisdom found its place in our ministry, also. Such a great read. selahV

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  2. David R. Brumbelow says:

    Thank you so much for your gracious comments. I’m honored that you would feature my book on your blog. I pray that “The Wit & Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow” will be a help and encouragement to many ministers and others.
    I’m glad God is still calling regular guys to the ministry; otherwise I’d not be able to serve. May God do great things in your life, your family, and your ministry.

    Thanks for your thoughtful words. A number of preachers and their wives have told how they could relate so well with many of these stories. Thanks for your encouragement.

    David R. Brumbelow

  3. Tony Kummer says:

    Thanks for dropping by to leave a comment. I really enjoyed the book. There were several funny parts I marked and them read to my wife. She got a kick out of it too. I’m still working on her cooking something from the recipes.

    Overall it really encouraged me to leave a legacy of faithful ministry for my kids to celebrate when I’m promoted to heaven some day.

  4. Brother Hank says:

    God bless Texas preachers! Thanks for reviewing this book Tony. I’m definitely going to grab a copy for my summer reading list…!

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  6. Looks like have have another books to pick up. Thanks for the review.

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