In his new book The Executioner’s Redemption, Rev. Tim Carter takes readers on an emotional journey that explores the depths of death row and the heights of God’s redeeming love and grace. We caught up with Rev. Carter to learn more about his mentors, his writing style, and how he reflects on past regrets.
What encouraged you to write The Executioner’s Redemption at this time in your life?
The experience of going through Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, helped me to better recognize and articulate each of the different stages of God’s work in molding and shaping my heart. God used my seminary life stage to put all of this together in a proper form.
Who was the biggest influence in your life as far as getting into the ministry?
My senior pastor at that time was Wayne Graumann. He urged me to take the leap that I had been contemplating about going into public ministry. Dr. George Beto was the huge influence that set those thoughts into motion by helping me believe that I could realistically be effective both as a criminal justice professional and a servant of Christ.
Describe your approach to writing. Do you have a favorite place or time to write?
I take short breaks to do little pieces of writing every time I recognize God speaking to me through His Word while I am sharing that Word in the trenches of care ministry. The biggest bulk of my writing is accomplished on quiet weekends away or quiet vacations somewhere in the mountains.
What advice would you give to someone who is struggling with their faith?
Seek counsel from some godly person you respect.
Read the Psalms.
Go for long, quiet walks with God in prayer.
How do you enjoy spending your time when you aren’t working or writing?
I love long walks with God, holding His hand, and long walks with my wife, holding her hand.
Many people regret things that have happened in their past. How would you explain to them about the confidence you’ve found in God’s grace?
I have learned to let my regrets drive me closer to Christ rather than distract me from Him. I have found that believers with the darkest regrets appreciate grace the most (Luke 7:47)!
If you could go back and talk to yourself when you were in your twenties, what would you say?
All things really do work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Therefore, what matters more than anything I worried about was to love God more each day and to get close enough to Him to learn His calling and purposes.