Many times in life, we are taken down extremely different paths than we had originally planned for ourselves.
If you ask John Robert Bracamontes, he would say, “God spoke something specific into your life” and that’s how things turned out the way they did. The newly published author is leaning on his faith as a family man, following his path toward ministry.
Last April, Bracamontes released his first published spiritual work, “How to Live for God in a Hostile World: Life Applications of 1 Peter.”
What started out as a personal study for the author slowly evolved into a guidebook on making sense of the world in which we live today. A Granite City resident, Bracamontes gives the reader scriptural references on how the ancient teachings of the Bible still apply to issues we face. Released by Tate Publishing, this book can be enjoyed by both new and seasoned Christians, Bracamontes says; particularly people who have been converted but need help living it out.
“A lot of Christians who have been around a while still need help applying Biblical principles to their daily lives,” Bracamontes said. “The bottom line is you must trust God with your future, even if you are suffering now — just trust Him with your future. That is the heart and soul of 1 Peter.”
Bracamontes has been involved in ministry and teaching for years, both in his personal and professional life. During his youth, he was interested in pursuing a career in either music or science. He said God directed him to science. A graduate of Washington University, he earned his master’s degree in biology. He is employed at Washington University as the research lab supervisor for the department of anesthesiology.
While previously working at Cardinal Glennon Hospital, he said he “felt a call” to prepare for ministry work. He later attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., where he received his master of divinity degree.
The purpose of the book, Bracamontes said, is to help people live practical Christian lives in a tough world. One of his suggestions for people searching for a deeper spiritual connection is to attend a small group within their church. The author attends Grace Church East Campus in Pontoon Beach. He said there are approximately 600 members at Grace, a non-denominational church plant of Grace Church in Maryland Heights, Mo. Bracamontes is the division director of small groups at his church, where he has been leading others to a greater understanding of God’s word.
“Believe that the Lord will speak to you,” he said. “Know that when you read the Bible, the Holy Spirit actively inspired the writing and when you read it today, the same Holy Spirit will actively inspire your understanding.”
Bracamontes is a Granite City native and has been married to his wife, Diane, for four years. He has three children from a previous marriage and three grandchildren. He is teaching several groups at Grace Church and plans to eventually serve completely in ministry for his vocation.
For information about “How to Live for God in a Hostile World,” visit www.tatepublishing.com.