#ShoutoutSaturday: Rolin Bruno

We're really excited to kick off our series of interviews with published authors with Rolin Bruno! Please let us know if you'd like to be interviewed here.

Tell us about yourself!

Twenty years ago I gave up on the cruel world and escaped into the desert, intending to dig a hole and pull it in after me. But something different happened when I began to read my Bible again.

God was calling me.

He was calling me out of the desert, out to where he could use me. But what could I do? I resolved to find a Rescue Mission and get a job cleaning toilets until they found something better for me to do. That didn’t happen either.

Instead I found a church that was on fire for Jesus. I signed myself into the Men’s Rehab home, wanting a piece of whatever it was that kept those people on fire. I took all the Bible and ministry classes they had on offer. I enrolled in college and gained a Bachelor’s in religion and ministry. But I still wanted more. I continued on to a Master’s in religion and Bible before God released me to go help the people in Mississippi stricken by Hurricane Katrina.

After two years they threw us out of the town of Gulfport for the high crime of feeding the homeless. I ended up in eastern Pennsylvania as a street evangelist to pre-teen street kids. That blew me away. What did God have for me next?

I returned to California to help my family, and began helping new church plants. After five years, I still don’t know how to do that. But I’m continuing, until God gives me some other task.

When did you begin writing?

I’ve always been writing, from poetry to scholarly treatises and finally my Master’s thesis on Jude, whose short epistle is the most neglected book in the Bible. Perhaps I picked that because of my unwavering dedication to the underdog and the ignored.

But I had this story inside me of a teenage apostle, the one who untied Jesus’ sandals and found a special place in His heart. Last year God put some space in my life and released me to begin writing in earnest.

What is the title of your most recent book? What's it about?

JOHN! Episode One – AD 27 (find it at http://rolinbruno.com). This is historical fiction of “the disciple Jesus loved” (John 13:23). Like any teen, John and his friends would get in trouble at times. After a particularly unwise stunt, He and his best friend Andrew ended up at the Jordan, listening to John the Baptist. You know the rest. They met with this Jesus character that the Baptist kept going on about, and got invited to a wedding. John wasn’t even 14 yet. But his life was changed, and he’d never be the same again.

Why did you write your book?