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Randall has been writing since he was young teenager. He has written over 1700 separate writings, nationally published four books and writes a daily inspirational writing read by several thousand people every day. Most of his writings are on deposit in the Library of Congress. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

He became a Stephen Minister several years ago and his insights have helped many people better understand themselves and the world around them. Lastly, he served for over 10 years as the Senior Lay Leader for one of the largest Methodist churches in the United States. His words, observations and insights will open your heart to the love of God.  

Books by Randall L. Carpenter

What Readers say.. On Lessons for Life

  • Created on 07 March 2018

    The cover of this slim volume picturing a sullen teen-aged girl scrunching her face with one fist, her lips extended in a pout, indicates the target recipient for these life lessons. The quotes surrounding her like, “I’m sooo bored,” “I’m too fat,” “I’m always being picked on,” and the hyperbolic “This is the worst day ever!” indicate the incentives for giving the advice.

    Inside, on each of the 122 pages, is an original maxim the author has written to his daughter to help her be successful in life and achieve personal growth. While some target specific teenage concerns like popularity, and standing up to bullies, I marked my copy with over a dozen post-it arrows on pages that spoke to me. Here are a few:

    “You are here now. What you do today will determine where you will be tomorrow.”

    “Allowing someone to abuse you mentally or physically is not a sign you care about them. It’s a sign you don’t care about yourself.”

    “A leader is not always the one in charge. It is the one who is consistent in everything they do, no matter who is watching.”

    “Never argue with someone who has no idea what they are talking about.”

    “Your heart may be broken many times in life. One day someone will steal it and mend all the cracks with love.”

    The author’s daughter has been privileged to have such a wise and caring father who gave her these life-changing lessons. Fortunately, he has published them in this book to make them available to all teenagers (and their parents).

    Cheryl Peyton ~ Author & Member AGT

     

What Readers say.. A Promise Fullfilled

  • Created on 10 March 2018

    This is the second collection of ‘words of advice’ I’ve read by this author that has inspired me. The first, Lessons for Life, was written primarily for teenagers. In this book, the author offers wisdom to adults on how to increase their faith in God, raise their hopes for a better life, and accept and treasure love to find fulfillment and greater happiness. As in Lessons, there’s a different truism on every page, but in this book the author expounds on each saying.

    As Mr. Carpenter explains in the introduction, his writings are based in his Christian faith. Indeed, there are scripture verses and references to his beliefs sprinkled throughout the book. However, as a non-religious person, I found encouragement and solid guidance on every page.

    The author is gifted in poetically expressing his advice without sounding preachy or all-knowing. I felt that he came to many of his conclusions and recommendations after experiencing disappointments of his own. His ability to write aphorisms may have come from his father whom he quotes in several places. One favorite of his father’s pithy sayings: “Everyone is ignorant…just on different subjects.” One other: “You can’t put a forty-year old head on a sixteen-year old body. That’s why we make so many mistakes as we are growing up.”

    Here are some of my favorite sayings by the author from each section:

    In the chapter on Faith:

    “In life, we cannot help but be sad at times. This is why we must always have a blessing in our pocket that we can take out to lift us up.”

    In the chapter on Hope:

    “Hope is the one thing in our life that we cannot lose. If we lose hope, we lose our ability to dream. If we cannot dream, we have no future to work toward.”

    “Sometimes, a single word of hope or a few notes of music can change a heart completely. Listen for your song today and let the words lead you.”

    In the chapter on Love:
    “True wealth is not how much you have in investments, but how much you’ve invested in others. Love is an appreciating asset that grows daily.”

    Mending a broken heart is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. You find a piece of your heart you recognize, and you build slowly around it.”

    “No one who ever left a memory in your heart is ever forgotten.”

    This is a book I’d recommend to anyone to keep handy as a reference, particularly for when you’re experiencing a hard patch and need some inspiration. There are truths and good advice on every page.

    Cheryl Peyton ~ Author & Member AGT

     

     

Interview with Author

What message do you hope to convey to your readers?

All of my books look at life through eyes of honesty and a heart of belief. I hope that what I write makes people think more deeply, believe more fully, and open their heart wider to all that surrounds us.

What was your background that prepared you for writing your books?

I am a commissioned Stephen Minister. I have been educated in how to deal with the problems we all go through. I had a father with a serious illness, a mother who survived cancer, open heart surgery and a stroke myself, and a life of appreciating what it means to be a Christian man. My greatest assets are compassion and empathy. I care for people deeply.

What inspired you to write your book?

I have been writing all my life and decided through the encouragement of my wife to finally publish some of my writings. I have always been aware of the beauty in life that surrounds me and this is what inspires me.

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