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.
Mindy’s Q&A with Chuck
What does success as an author look like to you?
In my writing journey, I have found that success is a never-ending reach for something just beyond the obtainable. I suppose that success comes in various forms to various people, but what I have found, is that just when one is on the cusp of taking hold of it, the form of success changes. Goals that I have had are a great example of this. A shifting sand, a moving target, one day’s huge achievement is only a momentary joy in the tomorrow. Success is always like that. It is a vapor in the wind.
One thing that has remained constant though, and that is the measurable effect my writing has on other people. It is a much more satisfying measuring stick to gauge my writing with. Instead of looking at Amazon reviews, sales data, and other fleeting pursuits or accolades, I’ve tried to look into the hearts and souls of the reader¾the real reason I write¾and make my words count on a personal level. When I hear from real people that what I write matters, when I have inspired someone else to keep going in the dead of night, when one more person has the courage to turn the page of life and take another step¾that is how I define success. In my estimation, writing is an incredibly satisfying profession, one that my passion is pouring into.
Which chapter was the most difficult to write?
That’s easy¾the chapter on divorce. Simply put, divorce is a stigma that is very difficult to tip-toe around in the Christian community. A difficult and hot topic, people are very emotionally charged to it, or already have negative and preconceived connotations about it, or will taint your character, image, and name with the stereotypes of it if you’ve gone through one. It’s a very touchy subject to handle. It was hard for me. Sometimes, it’s sad, because people make judgments about you without knowing your situation. In the days following divorce, you feel like a public outcast, or a misfit, or an undesirable¾making your situation worse. But the truth, sometimes¾as spoke to me by a good friend of mine¾is that things are not always like that. There are crazy situations out there, and sometimes there are very valid reasons for Christians to go through divorce. We shouldn’t be quick to judge. I hope that this book can help take the edge off the judgment that some of us have felt having gone through it.
What inspired this book?
Life can be hard. I know mine has not been easy. But the truth of the matter is that the Lord is with us through thick and thin, no matter what we face, and that he is never going to leave us. Through the hard trials of water and the intense furnace of fire¾even when I couldn’t see him¾the Lord was standing right there with me. When the Lord brought me through, and I stood on the other side of these hardships, I stood with so much good stuff in my heart and head that I felt the world needed to know as well. I wanted to share the things that I had learned, the things I stood on, and the things that made the difference to me. All That the Locusts Have Eaten is not really a book about me. I hope others can see that. In the end, I hope that readers see that it is a book about them. Internally, I hope it grips them. I hope they read the words and hear their own spirit speaking. I hope they hear their own voice calling in the night. I hope as the pages turn they see the candlelight of hope start to grow inside their own soul and spirit. That way, the same inspiration can be theirs as well. My inspiration for this book is to transfer that hope to each reader, someone who needs the same anchor to latch hold of as I did
What is your favorite Bible verse or life verse?
I love to visualize things on a deep level. Certainly, scripture is full of such illustrations. To me, one of the most powerful verses of the Bible is the short and simple challenge of Psalm 34:8 which says: “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” I love drinking deep of the good things of life. Taking walks through the forest after a rain when the sun has crept back out. Resting on a weathered dock in the flat calm of a shallow bay before the morning fog has lifted. Watching lightning strike in a coming storm cloud. I love to take the beauty of the world in, enjoy it, and wonder in its marvel. Yet sometimes, we treat the Lord different. How many of us know him but never enjoy him? Hear of him but never talk to him? To taste and see that the Lord is good is something that most never truly appreciate. I assure you, they are missing out. To taste, is to sample something that you will be yearning for more of. And that is where he and I are—if others only knew.
What would you like your readers to get out of this book?
If we still breathe the breath of life, there is still hope. No matter how bad and desperate things may look or seem, as long as air passes through our lungs and a heartbeat pumps in our chest, we still have the hope that God can do something significant in our lives. He always is working. I want readers to read the pages of this book and see the small candlelight of hope grow in their own life. As they see what God did with me may they see a hope reflected in themselves. Hope. That’s what it’s all about.
Thank you, Chuck, for letting us get to know you together!
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