As we examine history, Bill Bruster writes, we find that some of the greatest leaders lived on the edge: Moses, David, the prophets—all willing to risk their lives to speak a message from God. Jesus’ willingness to take risks cost him his life; Paul was willing to risk everything for the sake of spreading the gospel. Secular history, too, is filled with the stories of people who changed the course of events because they were willing to take risks.
In Living on the Edge, Bruster uses examples from his own storied life to examine the many forms of risk-taking and their intersection with—and impact on—leadership. From the first risks he undertook in childhood to his most recent risks after retirement, Bruster’s breadth of experience lends the reader a unique view of this risk taker of faith.
A wonderful read! Personal. Honest. Authentic—and it asks good questions for the reader to think about. If you don’t already know Bill Bruster you quickly will: a warm, humorous, open-hearted lifelong learner and religious trailblazer whom you would be happy to call your friend or pastor—whether you’re a believer, nonbeliever, or a bit of both.
—J. Harry Feldman
Bill Bruster faced a challenging life from the beginning with a childhood in poverty and struggle ending as a resident in the Oklahoma Baptist Children’s Home. With hard work, determination, God’s guidance and the support of family and friends he was able to make those wise but sometimes risky decisions that led to college and seminary degrees and a successful Christian ministry as a pastor and denominational leader. His risk taking while living on the edge will encourage his readers to learn to take a stand rather than simply going along to get along.
—Dr. Larry W. Fields
Pastor Emeritus Central Baptist Church of Bearden,