All That the Locusts Have Eaten Kick-Off Package
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.
Many of us have experienced loss and seek comfort from others. The author says, “Sometimes Christians can be the most difficult people to be around when you are really hurting .” It could be that we as Christians can be judgmental when we should be showing compassion. Sometimes what a person who is grieving or having a hard time needs is a hug and a listening ear. Guilt is a big part of what people go through and we need to be careful that we are not making people feel guilty for their struggles.
The author gives us an overview of his life growing up. He has a stable family life and a good relationship with God. While he was in college he fell in love with Becca. Their life together was nice and happy as they welcomed two boys into their family. The couple was very involved at church and respected by others. Sounds like a great life doesn’t it? In a blink of an eye everything started to change. Slowly Becca began to have symptoms that could not be explained. When the diagnosis did arrive it was shattering to both of them. I do not like the C word and it is hard to read what Becca went through. The author explains the treatment his wife went through along with the rising faith they had. We want to believe that God will heal us and try to not let our faith waver. It can be hard when you are faced with a diagnosis that can be cruel and unforgiving.
One of the hardest challenges is praying and waiting for God to answer. We learn that He does answer them in His own time and in His own way. I have heard people say that someone either was holding on to sin or didn’t have enough faith and that is the reason God didn’t heal them. How sad that we have placed blame on the sick when they are suffering. We need to search our hearts and remember God is in control. The incident the author talks about when he and his wife went to a healing service gave me chills. I have seen the services where healing is being prayed for and the sincerity those people praying have. I have also witnessed the false prophets who seek recognition and money. I don’t know what happened that night but I do know that God warns us about false prophets. If you feel uncomfortable about something, the best thing to do is ask God for guidance.
I liked the different topics the author shared and found encouragement from His faith and hope. One topic that grabbed my attention was divorce. God hates divorce and desires for marriage to be a lifetime commitment. There are incidences when divorce happens and I have always been the type to not judge those who follow through with divorce. Everyone’s circumstances are different and it is important to never make someone feel shame about a decision they have made.
My favorite chapter was about depression. It is not uncommon to have depression these days and many of us including me deal with it daily. It can be debilitating and cause people to shut off the world. We become untrusting and often don’t seek help for fear of rejection. The author points out that in the Bible there were men and women who were depressed. I didn’t know that fact and was glad that he included passages to reference.
The book is filled with references about Job’s life as well as others from the Bible. The author shared his story with clarity and honesty. His transparency is refreshing and speaks of his faith to continue to trust God. We all have been in a place where life can become overwhelming, “Sometimes the enemy might be trying to discourage us from following through with what the Lord has in store.” Sometimes you have to go with what God is whispering to you, the thing that you can feel in your spirit.”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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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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Thank you for sharing your review of this book, it sounds like it covers more than one type of loss and the various stages of grief that we experience as we struggle to cope with our changed reality. In which case I think that it is a must read for everyoneReplyDelete
So many times in our lives the road of suffering attempts to shut us down, steal our joy, and silence our purpose. Yet the Lord is always faithful, and he is right beside us through it all. Hope always abides, even when we cannot see it. For you. For me. For the one struggling to make sense of it all. My heart and prayer is for that exact person. You, my friend, are still in the Lords hands. I hope this book can illustrate that. Blessings.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the review. Sounds like a good book.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Deana, for your wonderful review. This book sounds like one that would be a great blessing to myself and others that I know.ReplyDelete
Hello, Chuck! All That the Locusts Have Eaten sounds like an interesting and inspirational read! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review! Have a terrific week!ReplyDelete
Thank you! Blessings.Delete
Looks like an interesting book.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the contest.