About the Book
Book: All That the Locusts Have Eaten: God’s Redemption Through Loss and Heartache
Author: Chuck Carr
Genre: Narrative Nonfiction, Christian Inspirational
Release date: August 22, 2020
Are you suffering from loss? Confused? Do you feel like the world is set against you? Inspiring, this dynamic narrative non-fiction read tells the true story of how one man journeyed from the pit of despair to the purpose filled life God intended him to live. Mingled with poetry, scripture, and literary allegories, this artistically crafted masterpiece is sure to breathe life into even those in the deepest struggles.
Chuck Carr was raised on a farm by Christian parents and attended church each Sunday. Right after graduation, he married his college sweetheart and lived a life of fulfilled dreams.
Until it all fell apart.
In the true story of All That the Locusts Have Eaten, Chuck recounts how tragedy after tragedy struck his life, nearly destroying him. Depressed, desolate, and devastated, Chuck leaned into his faith in God to find answers.
Interwoven in this raw and personal account, Chuck shares intimate journal thoughts and asks hard-hitting questions designed to make the reader think. In a hero’s journey applicable to us all, he reveals how he found restoration after years of heartbreak, and how God put his life back together.
All That the Locusts Have Eaten will encourage readers who have suffered any type of loss. If you have struggled with overwhelming difficulties, you are not alone. Like Chuck, you, too, can discover hope for the future once again.
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About the Author
As a former youth pastor, Chuck Carr has influenced hundreds of people throughout his life. Author of The Convergence, Navigating Grief, All That the Locusts Have Eaten, and Wonders In The Deep, he desires to help others live effectively despite hardships, as his testimony proves that sufferings can be changed into blessings. Losing a spouse in 2008, he strives to help those hurting from the same pain. While working on the family dairy farm, a life altering accident in 2018 left him with a traumatic brain injury, and his vision and life goal has been refocused to help others heal from devastating traumas. Now remarried to a woman of shared life goals, he has chosen to live with purpose despite his injuries, being an inspiration to others. He currently continues writing books and blogging and can be found at www.Chuck-Carr.com.
More from Chuck
Sometimes life hits you unexpected, and when it doesn’t let up, you might feel a bit bewildered. That was me, when time after time I kept getting up, only to get knocked right back down again. I couldn’t understand why bad things kept happening to me, a good person, a good man. I was doing things the right way, so I thought. I married a God-fearing woman. I was using my life for God’s purpose. I had devoted my life to teaching the next generation as a youth pastor. Everything should have been smooth and easy, right? Amid a dark storm, nothing seemed easy. Why hardship hit so relentlessly was a mystery to me. Things didn’t seem fair. And when nothing made sense, I was reeling, searching, and found myself on the backside of the wilderness screaming to a God who only seemed to have a deaf ear turned my way. Sound familiar? In this book, I take you on a great journey to find answers when most answers seemed bleak, if not non-existent. Take God’s hand with me, he’s there, I promise. I’ll show you how his voice is so clear and distinct, even when we have trouble seeing which way is up. All That the Locusts Have Eaten is a testament to how God can bring us through, and that, in unexpected ways.
When/how did you decide to become a writer?
Well . . . I wish I could tell you that I’ve always been an inspiring writer, but unfortunately, sometimes in life we need a bit of prodding. My writing journey began through injury. In 2018 I was in a severe accident in which I was confined to a chair nearly 24/7 with a traumatic brain injury. Being a very active individual prior to my accident, it was hard to handle the instant change to sitting still all the time. No more were the days of kayaking, bicycling on rails to trails, and adventuring through unknown territories. I had to sit in silence all day due to the inability to handle stimuli. I couldn’t handle visitors and became very lonely. To make a long story short, the change was severely hard to handle, taking a giant toll on me emotionally and psychologically. After about six months out my double vision stopped and my eyes adjusted enough that I started reading a little again. It was a big relief because it was something I could do and enjoy. I read a book by Joni Eareckson Tada, who also suffered an accident that left her disabled, and it started a new journey for me. I soaked up the words she spoke of. I saw how God could still use her, and it dawned on me: if God could still use her, then God could still use me! I was still confined to a chair almost all day, but what better time to do something with myself than the present. My mind began to think . . . what can I still do? And so began my writing journey. It was slow at first. I had to learn to type again. But I had a lot of time. And the journey was exciting. Over three years later, I’m writing books, doing a blog, and making every chance count to inspire people. That’s what God does best. He takes impossible situations and creates beauty out of things nobody thought possible. I’m just one living example of how true Romans 8:28 is.
Who was/is your biggest inspiration?
I already mentioned how and why I started writing, but I never would have gotten into that mindset if it wouldn’t have been for my wife. Her eyes saw possibilities when all I saw was hopelessness. When I was sitting on a couch in despair, she could see a dream budding in my heart. “You’ve always wanted to write a book,” she would say. “What better time to write it than now?” And she was right. There was no better time. Not only was it healthy for me to have a goal and a positive direction to point myself towards, but she could see beyond the now, and knew that there was something bigger in everything than just what I initially saw in an accident. Not only did God use her to accompany what he was doing with Joni Eareckson Tada’s message, my wife’s voice would be the support to get me off the ground and into the writing world. I will forever be grateful for what she did. A whole ton of hurting people are being blessed with books and words because of her persistence. Thanks, Faerie.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a plotter. I’m not sure how other author’s keep things straight when they are constructing their books in their heads, but with a disability involved, I am extra sensitive to my need for planning. It’s actually quite funny. I laugh at it when I do author talks at book signings. I am in a very distinguished group of people that get to enjoy his own book again over and over. “Sometimes I forget what’s in there,” I tell them. “And I’m like, woah! That’s good stuff!” It’s fun to have the ability to read a book over again and enjoy it multiple times. It is also frustrating for someone who tends to have trouble keeping all their notes together, so I’ve come up with a great system of book plotting to chart things out. It works great, and I use it all the time now.
Do you have a favorite or special place to write?
Definitely outside. It’s sort of funny, maybe, especially if you drive past me and wonder what I’m doing. When I was able to start driving again, I instantly took advantage of it. I spend a lot of time parked in my truck soaking up nature. It’s my source of refreshment and replenishment I guess, as God’s creation tends to restore my creative spark. You’ll find me parked in my pickup on a hilltop, beside a creek or river, in a field, or lost in a forest. Sometimes I drive to a state park and work on a picnic table. Sometimes I take a chair and enjoy the sunshine. I let the beauty of what God has made to inspire me for what I write, as a well to draw from when I need to be in touch with the creative side of myself. Yes, I have a desk at home . . . but I’ll take my coffee to go, please.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse, or is there a particular Bible story that really resonates with you?
Who doesn’t resonate with David, taken from the sheepfold but moved to places he never thought possible? A humble boy who had the ear of God in the lonely hills of Judah, a song, a pen, he spoke his heart with melody and prose. And one day, that faithful boy was called on. A giant was faced, a soul was faithful with what he had been trained and with. And with all quality facetime that David had spent with his Creator, Goliath wasn’t as big of a giant as one might think. So, my head injury. God is taking me places I never thought possible. He’s doing things I never thought doable. Other people are being blessed, healed, and strengthened with what God is doing in me, with me, and through me. I’ll take it. It’s all good. That’s what All That the Locusts Have Eaten is all about. I’m a living testament to what Romans 8:28 says when it defines truth plainly: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
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