Ronnie’s Books

Signing…Some in Ronnie’s family can’t believe he can even read, much less write, but write he does. Order a book (or a few dozen) and get busy reading!

You can purchase books at Ronnie’s Amazon Page here.

Below you will find more information about his individual titles:


Wild Wild WaltonJust a few generations ago, Northwest Florida was one of the most challenging frontiers in the whole United States. Still, the settlers came, as the bounty and potential of the Panhandle were far too alluring. Yet, in every paradise there are fallen angels, and Florida’s backwoods had its fair share of those. Post-Civil War, these bayous and timberlands became a haven for moonshiners, outlaws, and bandits as mean and wretched as any desperado of the American West. Walton County, the absolute heart of the Florida Panhandle, may have been the wildest community of all.

Inspired by the 2015 “Grit & Grace” production by the same name, Wild, Wild Walton is Ronnie McBrayer’s exploration of pioneer justice in Florida’s Panhandle. Combining the elements of historical fact, oral storytelling, and narration, this is an exceptional look at the good guys and gangsters, the posses and picaroons, the devils and deputies who shaped Walton County’s past – and who continue to forge its future.

Read more and purchase “Wild, Wild Walton” here.


Fruits of the Cotton PatchIn honor of what would have been Clarence Jordan’s one hundredth birthday and the seventieth anniversary of Koinonia Farm, the first Clarence Jordan Symposium convened in historic Sumter County, Georgia, in 2012, gathering theologians, historians, actors, and activists to celebrate a remarkable individual and his continuing influence. Clarence Jordan (1912-1969), a farmer and New Testament Greek scholar, was the author of the Cotton Patch versions of the New Testament and the founder of Koinonia Farm, a small but influential religious community in southwest Georgia.

Fruits of the Cotton Patch,Volume 2 contains Symposium presentations that interpret Jordan’s storytelling and the meaning of his prophetic voice in the areas of peacemaking, the future of the affordable housing movement, and the direction of the New Monastic movement – including Ronnie McBrayer’s provocative work entitled, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?” These essays invite the curious, the student, and the teacher alike to experience the life and work of Clarence Jordan and its powerful connection to the present.

Read more and purchase “Fruits of Cotton Patch, Volume 2” here.



“We don’t need more of the church; at least not more of the church as we have previously known it. We don’t need more straight-laced, behavior-management obsessed, bottom-line focused, boundary-drawing corporations calling themselves the Body of Christ. No, we need this thing we call church to look more like a local diner – more like a neighborhood bar – more like a Waffle House restaurant – then, people might feel welcomed at ‘church’ once again.” – Ronnie McBrayer

In The Gospel According to Waffle House, Ronnie McBrayer employs his years of experience as a pastor, chaplain, and syndicated columnist, to challenge people of faith to rethink how they “do church.” This is essential reading for those who wish to do “simple church” in a time when Christianity is increasingly fragmented and complicated. If you have been looking for a back-to-the-basics model for your church, then the table is spread. The Gospel According to Waffle House is for you.

Purchase “The Gospel According to Waffle House” at Amazon (including Kindle) here.


WIPFSTOCK_TemplateBy exploring the “kingdom parables of Jesus” Ronnie finds in them an urgent challenge for Christians to reassess the gospel they believe and the role their professed faith plays in the world. The gospel audaciously enters the sufferings of this present world with transforming love, as Jesus can never be locked away “in our hearts.” Thus, the gospel according to Jesus is not just about harp-playing, cloud-riding, pie-in-the-sky heaven. It is holistic, all-encompassing, redeeming deliverance for people today – right here where we live, work, love, and serve – because heaven is far closer than we think.

“To read this book is to be re-commissioned in that great enterprise of being sent into the world, to bear the image of God, and to announce to everyone that his reign is peaceable, just, and beautiful – and near!” – MICHAEL FROST, author of The Road to Missional, The Shaping of Things to Come, and ReJesus.

Purchase “How Far Is Heaven?” at Amazon (including Kindle) here.


The Jesus TribeWe operate under the notion that America belongs to us Christians and that we belong to it. We believe that preaching the Kingdom of God and rallying around the red, white, and blue are always compatible, but if you are like a growing number of Jesus followers, you’ve had this splinter in your mind for a while now that tells you there is something suspicious about attaching a national flag—any national flag—to the cross. With the Sermon on the Mount as the constant reference point, The Jesus Tribe fleshes out the implications, possibilities, contradictions, and complexities of what it means to live within the Jesus Tribe and in the shadow of the American Empire.

Read more and purchase The Jesus Tribe here.


Leaving Religion, Following Jesus

“Those who follow Jesus will find more adventure, freedom, and religion-bursting grace than they can stand, all the things that make traveling worth the effort. But they will also find that Jesus and institutional religion are on a collision course. After all, Jesus did not come to tinker with our ideas about God. He came to show us who God really is. Jesus did not come to build cathedrals or pulpits. He came to start a revolution.” – From Leaving Religion, Following Jesus

Read more and purchase Leaving Religion, Following Jesus here.


But God Meant It“I first met Joseph when he burst onto the flannel graph board of my Sunday school classroom, that infamous ‘coat of many colors’ flapping in the Palestinian breeze. But I’ve learned that his account is more than a quaint children’s story. It is a story of injustice, perseverance, and forgiveness. And it is a story that belongs to us all. For those wondering what God is doing in some far away heaven; for those who have been deeply wronged by those closest to them; and for those trying to bear up beneath a load of injustice: These will find Joseph’s story to be their very own.” – From But God Meant it for Good

Read more and purchase But God Meant it for Good here.