Kelly Carpo - God's Gardner (Author Interview)
Thank you Kelly so much for doing this interview with me (and it's your first, so exciting!). I was delighted to find out that you have published a book, God’s Gardener, which is available for free on Smashwords for e-readers and CreateSpace in paperback. The royalties of which will go towards donation copies of the book for hand out to those dealing with homelessness. As someone who has spent countless hours reading others works (for review on Tuannasgifts.weebly.com), how does it feel to be on the other side?
Very humbling. If someone had ask me if I would ever write a book, let alone about my feelings toward God, I would have laughed at them and said ‘I’m no writer’.
Starting out with the introduction, “God’s Gardener” has very strong language towards the principals of being a Christ-follower, as well as, the traits and truths of God. What would you say is the primary message of the book? What is one thing that you hope each reader comes away with?
I hope to inspire people to at least see what God has to say by reading his word. I know many people will say that the book was written by men, but like me, I believe they were inspired by God to write what he was telling them in their heart.
Also, I hope my life’s struggles will show people that no matter who you are or what you have done you can receive forgiveness. God’s promise is constant through out the Bible. Jesus said it many times in his ministries to people of his day. This can be found in the bible, written by eye witnesses.
I, for one, thank you for your bold honesty in reference to your past circumstances. Did you find it easy for you to pen down the words knowing they would be readily available for any and everyone to examine them?
I did have some concern, more for people who know me. Most family and friends don’t know some of the things that happened to me. I didn’t want to hurt any one, but I felt I could reach more people if I was honest about my own life, something they could relate to.
In God’s Gardener you are very open about your mental afflictions; some people say that the church says too little about this type of disease. What would you say to someone of faith who is struggling with depression, anxiety, bi-polar, etc?
I would tell them that pills are fine, but having God in my life has made me less worried about what other people think and more about what God thinks. He made me as I am for a reason.
I know from the Bible that Jesus will return after the gospel is preached to the whole world, maybe my book is helping to do just that. Maybe that’s why I am here the way I am. I have no regrets for the way I am, I feel it makes me more sensitive to how others must feel.
In Chapter 6, the importance of gifts from God is delved into by showing examples of your own. What would be one of your favorite “gifts” that you have been blessed with? What would you say to people who say they are talent-less? How would recommend them to search out/find their God given gifts/talents?
I think my favorite gift is the ability to make something from what ever I have. My motto is ‘do the best you can with what you have’.
NO one is without talent. Whether it be singing, writing, playing chess, cards, making people laugh, helping other with their homework, cleaning motel rooms, or skate boarding. We all have something we are good at. That is a talent. My husband can’t change the oil but he can really bring model ships to life, detail a car to make it look like new, and he takes great photo’s.
To know what your talent is just look around you. Do you love to decorate your home, sew, doodle, garden, make flower arrangements, help your neighbors, donate your time to charity? All of these things are gifts from God. Talent isn’t limited to painting or sculpting. It’s anything your good at, that you like to do, and not what other people think, but what you think about it that counts.
Scriptures are used through-out your publication as a tool to meaning, and you explore their importance to your happiness in low times and as a guided example of who you are to become. In other parts of the world right now, people are at risk to be killed just for having the Bible in their space – to where as some of our fellow believers write scripture down on tiny fragments of paper and consume them due to fear of persecution. What would you say to people who may look at the Bible as something outdated and no longer needed? How do you think your life would have been different if you didn’t have the scriptures to turn to?
For those who think the Bible doesn’t pertain to our day then I would say they have never read it. There are so many things in there that pertain to any situation you can imagine. God tells us exactly what we should do when we don’t know what to do. As to those in fear for their lives, remember God is in your heart, mind and soul. If God is for you then who can be against you. People may kill the body but they can’t kill your faith and belief in God. If you love God more then your own life then you have nothing to worry about.
Even without the scriptures to read I still have God’s wonders around me. NO one can do what God has done. No scientist can recreate what God has made. Oh, they can clone things but they can’t make something out of thin air, they can’t speak anything in existence. Just the other day I discovered some itty bitty white flowers growing all over this field. The flowers were so tiny I couldn’t see them without getting up real close. I could just see white. Up close they are so delicate and perfect. What beauty. The birds wake me up in the morning with their singing and I love to watch the crocus come up knowing spring isn’t far behind. I could write my own words about such things knowing they had to come from someone who is mighty and very loving to give us such wonders, so I don’t have to have the bible to know what God has to say or done for all of us.
Lastly, admittedly I am a fan of end-times study myself, as you declare for us in your book, you are an amateur eschatologist. There is without a doubt prophecy being fulfilled in the world around us today, and people may be blind to it. What word of advice would you give believers and non-believers alike regarding to the ‘end of this age’?
I know it’s scary to think that things will change and there is nothing you can do about it, but there is a better place for all of us. Right now people are suffering, hurting, scared, alone and afraid for their lives, but just imagine what it will be like when Jesus comes down to be King of Kings. There will be no more anger, tears, hurting, suffering, loneliness, pain. No more worrying about where your next meal is coming from, how will you keep warm, what you will wear. No more fear. You will be loved beyond belief, happy like never before, young again, all your sinful past will have been wiped away. You just have to ask Jesus to come into your heart and make you a new person. Like Jesus told Mary Magdalena, “Go, and sin now more”. It will surprise you as to how much happier you will be. You’ll feel free for your burdens will be lifted, all you have to do is ask and have faith and belief that God will be there for you. Because HE IS.
Do you have anything else you would like to share?
As I said in my book, I don’t want to see God loose even one soul to Satan. God is love. Satan is not. He will make you think that God wants you to be happy getting high, having all the sex you want with whom ever you want, but in the long run you will only be letting Satan tell you what to do. Is that what you really want? Wouldn’t you rather have true love, caring, being blessed by the Lord with all kinds of wonderful gifts, both physical and mental? Remember, Satan is jealous of God’s power and he will do anything to make you hate him. Don’t let him. God is beauty and love, Satan is desolation and despair.
Again, thank you very much for taking the time for this interview. It was a true delight reading your book, and seeing the scriptures through your point-of-view via your story, past – present and future. I hope that your book and its truths reaches people far and wide, and that more and more are added into the court of believers with each person who reads it.
Thank you for such wonderful questions. I was very pleased to answer them. Also, I thank you for reading the book. I was happy to be God’s pupil and thankful for His inspiration. I couldn’t have written it without Him.
Many Blessings to all,