Knoxville author's inspirational books reach around the world
"I have had people in my life that have meant so much to me, and it is just me wanting to express back all the appreciation and admiration to all the people and everything I have experienced in life," Randall Carpenter explained.
These are his first four books and he's working on more.
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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville author Randall Carpenter uses his love of writing in hopes of inspiring others, making them feel special and helping them learn life lessons.
Carpenter's self-published books are being featured at a conference halfway around the world from Knoxville.
Made in Tennessee caught up with Carpenter at the Davis Family YMCA in West Knox County. The furniture salesman and former personal trainer is now using his words to impact others.
"I have had people in my life that have meant so much to me, and it is just me wanting to express back all the appreciation and admiration to all the people and everything I have experienced in life," Carpenter explained.
In the last two years, he has published four books: "Lessons for Life," "Let's Talk...There are Some Things You Need to Know," "For all Those Who Fall In Love," and "Living with the Son in Your Eyes."
Carpenter explained why he decided to write his first book. "My inspiration was my daughter, Catherine, and what she was going through in high school."
For the father of three, writing down his thoughts at first was just a simple gesture. "What I would do is write this lesson for life on a napkin and put it in her lunch."
But when his words started making a difference to his daughter and her friends, Carpenter realized maybe he could do more. "What I really wanted to do was to try to help middle and high school kids build self esteem and confidence."
His first book is a compilation of 120 life lessons. His second book is a continuation of sorts.
But his third book is quite different. "My third book was 'For All Who Fall in Love' and it's for my wife, Cathy. We have been married 27 years and have a wonderful marriage."
Carpenter says this book might help those who get a little tongue tied when it comes to expressing their emotions. "It gives you those words you want to say, but never have been able to come out with."
For his fourth book, he shifts away from his family and talks more about his faith and living life with a Christian perspective.
If you think the set of books seems complete, think again. Carpenter is working on more.
After two coronary bypass surgeries this past fall, he says he feels more inspired than ever to share his thoughts and life lessons with others.
As he showed us the scar across his chest, he said, "It reminds me every day how lucky I am to be alive. I like having this scar."
This weekend, Carpenter's high school friend, who he recently re-connected with on Facebook, is using his books at a fellowship conference in Australia.
You can buy Randall Carpenter's books on Lulu.com.