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.
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 Carr
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.
Author Interview with Chuck Carr
What prompted you to write about your topic?
I suppose that I’ve always wanted to help other people. I used to be a youth pastor. I love
teaching and ministering to other people. After things turned around for me in my life, I wanted
my journey to help bring someone else hope. It felt natural to use what God had done in my life
and take it beyond myself in a way that could bless someone else. I hope this book reflects the
extension of passion I have to minister God’s word in a way that is down to earth, real, and
relevant in the lives of others.
Who influenced you to write a book (or books)?
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 was corrected 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.
What is one thing in your life that you would say has had the greatest impact on your writing? Or in your life in general?
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
How do you research for your book(s)?
Most of the research for this book was done by reading my own journals. I took a walk back in
time and listened to my own voice. I had started journaling in 2006 when my first wife was
diagnosed with cancer. It was an outlet for me, a place that I could take my thoughts, emotions,
and the internal wrestling matches of the mind that didn’t make sense anywhere other than on
paper. A safe place, I could pour my heart out in frustration, and nobody would criticize what I
needed to say. And so, it began. Several years of recordings so much of what God had taught
me was written down through the hard times of trials. I’m grateful for it. It is a place of great
wealth and value as I go there to revisit such important truths God showed me as we walked
through the desert wanderings together.
Which one do you prefer, Coffee or Tea? What type of Coffee or Tea is your favorite? Or do you prefer another type of drink?
Definitely coffee. It’s one of the main food groups, right? Almost a requirement, it takes two
cups from my favorite mug in the morning to get me going. Sometimes I’ll need another cup for
dessert in the evening to top off a nice meal. I like it medium roast, cream, but no sugar.
Thanks so much for sharing your story and letting us get to know you a bit better Chuck Carr!
To celebrate his tour, Chuck is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card & signed copy of the book!!
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Be Sure to Visit the Other Tour Stops
Texas Book-aholic, May 23
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 24
Simple Harvest Reads, May 25 (Author Interview)
Inklings and notions, May 26
For the Love of Literature, May 27 (Author Interview)
For Him and My Family, May 27
deb’s Book Review, May 28
Locks, Hooks and Books, May 29
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 31
Beauty in the Binding, June 2 (Author Interview)
Splashes of Joy, June 4
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, June 5 (Author Interview)
Miriam Jacob, June 5