As a pastor, Matthew Rucker discovered early on that people love stories. When he said, let me tell you a story, people were connecting.
“When you use a story with a spiritual meaning attached to it, people remember it,” says Rucker. “If I had to give myself a title, it would be, The Story Telling Preacher.”
Matthew brings together stories not only from his life on the farm, but also from his experiences as a passionate disciple of Christ. He spent 40 years in the ministry before devoting himself full time to writing.
“When God created me, he cast the mold,” says Rucker. “I’m not your typical preacher, but I have deep faith in Jesus Christ.”
Life hasn’t always been easy for Rucker, between 1992 and 1995 Matthew saw his first marriage end and his son kill himself. Instead of falling into a hole of despair, Matthew decided to write about his experience.
“I don’t take life really seriously because there isn’t the slightest evidence to prove that life is serious. We make it serious. I have learned to laugh in this life through the good and the bad. “, he explains. “I was knocked out, but not knocked out.”
Matthew has written two books to share about his life experience, Pee Paw’s Life Stories and Walking my Road of Grief.
Today on Connections, Matthew shares a bit of his life story and why he’s so passionate about storytelling.