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About the Author
Although he was deeply concerned with the spiritual advancement of the church and with the Scriptural doctrines and teachings taught by the Mennonite Church he always was ready to adopt new methods. He was a pioneer in the organization of Sunday-school work in his own and other congregations even at the expense of losing friends or offending certain members of his congregation. He was inclined to look on the darker side of life. A section in one of his books is entitled "Why a Christian Should Not Laugh." He himself was said never to have laughed aloud. During his later years shaking palsy made him inactive in the ministry.
He had little formal education but attended elementary school with his own children after some of them were ten or twelve years old. He was a prolific writer for the Herald of Truth, but J. F. Funk once said that all of Brenneman's material needed complete editing. Even with this handicap he was a vigorous thinker and powerful preacher and evangelist. His first pamphlet, Christianity and War, edited and printed in 1863 by John F. Funk, probably the first American Mennonite publication on war, ran through several editions. He was the author of the following pamphlets, which appeared in both German and English editions: Pride and Humility (1867), Plain Teaching (1876); also Aufmunterung der bussfertigen Sünder (1877), and Hope, Sanctification and a Noble Determination (1893).