That is the first and most important message you need to know about the book you hold in your hands. Secondly, you need to know that this is not your “garden variety” commentary on the Bible’s book of Genesis. Nope, not at all.
Though it may be written by your standard-model Southwestern American male (and Bible teacher of the past twenty-seven years), it’s scope is far more focused and “ordinary” compared to most other “Bible books” you’re going to find out there, or in any Christian bookstore. In his offbeat, unconventional, and conversational book, GENESIS MATTERS, author Michael L. Brunner reaches his steak-grilling, tennis-playing arms far out there, in hopes of grabbing readers who probably don’t often go to church, don’t have a biblical or religious background, and who strongly doubt if God can matter in their lives.
Filled with witty stories, humor, and illustrations, this book seeks not to be “churchy, prim, or proper,” but to be open-minded and enhance the views of all readers, especially those ordinary folks out there, like the author, who may not believe that God and Genesis have any relevance in their lives today, much less that God actually cares about them. Chock full of examples and applications current and relative to our “real-time” lives, it’s designed to provide readers with insight on why the book of Genesis is relevant right now, and how it proves God’s work in our lives matters as well.
Michael was born in Austin, Texas and spent all his youth growing up in the Texas Hill Country. After graduating from college with a degree in business, Michael became an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Once his tour of duty was completed, he found his way back to Texas, and began his business career in Houston. While there, he met his wife Stephanie, and they have 4 children; Haley, Hope, Hannah, and Holly. In addition to working, Michael has been a bible teacher for over 25 years. When he is not working and teaching, Michael plays a lot of tennis, and believes that, at 63, his best tennis is in front of him. Michael is passionate about college football , likes to fish , will barbeque anything he can fit on his grill, and is currently debating on whether or not to reunite with golf (he divorced the game in 2003).