about Tom Brennan
I confess I find this exercise difficult. How can you possibly sum up an entire life within a few short paragraphs? How can you do that without sounding vain while at the same time trying to be interesting? I'm not sure at all I have the answer but here is my attempt...
I grew up in a small Midwestern town. My literate yet conservative parents refused to own a television. Consequently, from a young age I was constantly around books and I grew to love them early. They opened to me such tremendous worlds. As a boy I loved fiction, history, and biography. As a young man I discovered science fiction and the great classics of English literature. By the time I graduated from high school I had read thousands of books.
I felt the call to the ministry early. This vocation demands an appetite for reading. I happily furnished one. Of course, now my reading lists run much more to the religious side. Commentaries on Scripture, church issues and methods, preaching, family, leadership, church history, the life of Christ - subjects such as these haunt the piles of books that are scattered around the places I live my life. I read more old books than new books, more dead guys than current trendsetters. I read carefully, always from a physical book, and always with a pen in hand. I scrawl notes all over the margins of my books. Later, I go back through each book page by page and share the best nuggets I have discovered with hundreds of preacher friends.
Increasingly, over the last ten years, I have found myself thinking as I read one book or another, 'I could write something better than this.' Okay. Maybe not better but at least as good as. I began several small writing projects, none of which saw the light of day, but all of which stoked my desire to write.
As I began to contemplate writing more seriously one big thought held me back - no one knows who I am. Whatever I write would never get published. If somehow it did get published it would never sell. I have no platform beyond the simple one I occupy as the pastor of an average size church. Who in the world would listen to me?
At some point, however, I just decided that although that was (and is) all true it did not matter. I came to the conclusion that writers write. I needed to stop thinking about writing or worrying about who would read it and just begin to write. So I did. I began to spend one entire day each week writing. My blog, which I regularly update, can be found here. As I did that God began to open doors for me. The book you came to this website to examine is one of those doors.
I am not only a writer. I am a Bible college graduate. I am a husband and grateful beyond words for the wife God gifted to me. I am a father. I have three fascinating children that keep me constantly on my toes. You can meet them here on my Facebook page. I am a church planter. I am the pastor of an healthy inner city church. I am a son to aging parents. I am a friend with dozens of good albeit geographically challenged relationships. And now I have added to all of these being a writer.
I want to impact people beyond the four walls of my church building. I want to leave something to the generations that come behind me. I have and know the truth. And so I write. I hope and pray that what I write will be a blessing to you.