GREENVILLE — Greenville native Timothy W. Carroll’s book “NOMAD” is a tool to bring people into the light.
“Nomad”, published in 2017, by Author Academy Elite is a tool for people to have a more fulfilling Christ-centered life. The purpose of the book, according to Carroll, is a calling and a ministry from God.
“This is a book about coming out of a dark place – a life of confusion, of being lost and finding hope and healing,” Carroll said. “I suffered for years this way and God has shown me so many things that I want to share with people. You can live a fulfilling life and not be so broken. “
Carroll lived as a restless spirit in what he refers to as nomadic wandering – a lifestyle in which one is never grounded or satisfied.
“Most people I have met throughout my life are in that category, and they are drawn to me or I am drawn to them. They make poor decisions, over and over again. They can’t get focused on going the right way. Some of it is owning your junk and realizing there is no blame – get over your bad stuff and move on. Nobody can move forward if you’re filled with shame. I lived in shame and I never felt good enough. It is a process and it takes hard work to pull out of that.”
Since a young age, Carroll has written very personal and private journals that are pretty raw and very real, he said.
“It is how I am feeling at the time,” he said. “I experience what I am writing about – that is how I am wired. I didn’t do a very good job at dealing with my own struggles with anxiety, and found writing to be a very good outlet.”
According to Carroll, most people that suffer from anxiety and depression and or experience different addictions develop behaviors to cover up things. For Carroll, he had a real breakdown in 1988, at the young age of 19, when his mother, Judy, died in a car accident. That resulted in a clinical diagnosis of Depression for him.
“I snapped, had a real breakdown and had to be hospitalized for a few days,” he said.
In addition, after his first year of marriage to his wife, Tina, Carroll decided to quit his great, steady, full-time job and move them to Florida to take a position that was paid on 100 percent commission. He fell on his face and they lost all of their life savings, he said. They returned to Ohio, regrouped, prayed and tried getting close to the Lord, he said. Now they are back in the sunshine state, living in Cocoa, Florida and enjoying their sixth year of marriage.
“It all feels right,” he said. “We live in a simple home that I love, I am working and no longer making crazy, irrational decisions,” he said.
Meanwhile, Carroll continued writing. He shared it with a friend and with his wife, who were impressed and both encouraged him to write a book.
“It has always been a secret of me that I want to write a book, but I never thought it would be this,” he said.
The book began as a simple book of prose and poetry but as Carroll prayed, his writing evolved into something completely different than he imagined. “NOMAD” is a study guide that is divided into categories of where Carroll was when he wrote specific entries. At the end of each writing is a relevant Bible scripture. The end of each chapter challenges the reader with questions and removes them from their comfort zones, Carroll said.
“It will mean something different to everyone who reads it. The book makes a fantastic study guide for individual or group study,” he said.
Carroll said he has been receiving fantastic feedback from people, and he is happy to have been a part of giving them hope and encouragement.
“To me, this is a ministry,” he said. “I feel like God lasered this calling onto my heart – to teach people that are in dark paces, which are so often self-inflicted, and how to teach them to pull themselves out of that and live a more stable, Christ-centered life. Everyone has their stories and that is part of our journey. I want to encourage you to get a copy and then share it with others who you know can benefit from this short read.”
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