PRINCETON — Princeton natives Pastor Denny Carr and his wife, Jan, are on a mission to share their story of how they found God and how He helped lead them through the worst time in their lives.
In a book Denny recently wrote and published, “Time After Time,” he tells about his oldest daughter’s diagnosis of leukemia in the ‘70s.
“Through her illness we came to know the Lord as our personal savior,” Jan said. “He brought us through the worst times.”
Denny tells about how before his daughter’s illness, he didn’t consider himself a religious man or hold a close relationship with God.
“I always believed there was a God, probably more in a general sense. I looked at God from a distance, from afar, as opposed to close up …” he said. “I never felt comfortable in church.”
With his daughter’s diagnosis, it came as a devastation. It was the first thing in his life he couldn’t fix.
“We would put her to bed, and I would just cry in her room because I couldn’t fix it. I couldn’t make her better. I couldn’t do anything,” he said. “And I was pretty much used to fixing things myself and making any achievements and goals we had.”
During this time, Jan joined Bible studies and prayer groups and grew a close relationship with God, which she claims gave her the strength to handle her daughter’s situation.
“Her faith and her demeanor just went to another level I did not understand.” Denny said. “At first I was a little resentful about that.”
Denny constantly questioned her strength, when he was barely hanging on. His life reached a point and time where he needed the strength Jan had so he asked her for her secret, and she pointed him to God.
In the book, Denny tells about his first encounter with God and how it changed his perspective on life and the situation with his daughter.
He tells about her illness and leading up to her death, which was something he refused to accept before he met God.
“We made a lot of mistakes. Sometimes we were naive; sometimes we were probably a little arrogant in the faith, but God was preparing us in so many ways. We didn’t know what was coming down the road.”
The Carrs believe their story will give others in the midst of tragedy the hope or answer for which they may be searching.
“We want people to see that no matter what they’re going through, and it doesn’t have to be the loss of a child, it can be any kind of turmoil that a family is going through … that God is always there and is faithful,” Denny said. “If you trust Him, you put your faith and trust into Jesus Christ, He will get you through every circumstance good or bad.”
After their daughter’s death, Denny said God led him to become a pastor. Today, he is currently serving as executive pastor at Park Place Baptist Church in Montgomery. For more information about his book, how to purchase the book or about the Carr’s story visit www.victoryandhope.com.
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