Trouble the Water
Stars of Wonder
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Rebecca Bruff

Rebecca Bruff earned her bachelor’s degree in education (Texas A&M) and Master and Doctorate degrees in theology (Southern Methodist University). An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she served several Dallas area congregations, focusing on spiritual formation and cross-cultural partnerships. 

In 2013, Bruff heard the story of Robert Smalls, an enslaved man who liberated himself and other during the American Civil War and eventually became a US Congressman. Surprised that she’d never heard his name, and so captivated by his story, she left her job and moved across the country to research and write Trouble the Water, based on Smalls’ life and legacy.

In 2017, she was a scholarship recipient for the prestigious Key West Literary Seminar. 

Bruff now serves part time at the Carteret Street United Methodist Church and volunteers at the Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, South Carolina. Her next book, Stars of Wonder, was inspired by some of the extraordinary children in her life and will be released in November 2020. Rebecca plays a little tennis, travels when she can, and loves life in the lowcountry with her husband and an exuberant golden retriever. 

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