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About the Book

Book: The Orphan Carpenter: Orphaned at birth. Adopted by God. A tale of hope and a future.

Author: Kenneth Ian McQuarrie

Genre: Spiritual Growth/Memoir

Release Date: November 22, 2022

“Ok Lord, I sure hope you have this under control, because from where I sit things aren’t looking so good.”

When I came into this world, there were no baby showers, no celebrations, no father handing out big cigars, or first photo being passed around the office. Grandma, grandpa, aunts, and uncles would not be visiting, pinching my chubby cheeks and saying how cute I was. You see, I was an orphan. Unwanted, cold, hungry, and alone … or was I?

Have you ever wondered where God is? How can this be happening? What did I do to deserve this? Have your circumstances led you to question your faith? Does God care? Does he even exist?

My core beliefs had been shaken. To make sense of what just happened, I went back and examined my own life. So many times, the odds were heavily stacked against me, life and death situations. Yet, somehow, someway, God always showed up.

From orphan to carpenter and beyond, the pages of this book are my life stories. But the book is not about me or my story. It’s about God.

As you read these true stories of my life like parables, may they be a testament that God loves you and has a plan to give you hope and a future.

 

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About the Author

     An orphan from birth with serious medical complications, Kenneth went into foster care at three months old. Eventually adopted by his foster family, he grew up in a small northern Canadian city. Being raised by loving Christian parents and mentored by his carpenter grandfather, he dreamed of becoming a carpenter himself one day. The Lord had different plans for young Kenneth. Plans that would take him on an incredible life journey to the pinnacle of the North American construction industry.

Kenneth has always held firmly to his faith throughout the journey, trials, and tribulations. He’s served in church administration and hosted and led Bible studies throughout his adult life. He lives in Orange County, California, with his wife, Celine.

 

More from Kenneth

Back in early 2018, following a very harrowing experience, I found my marriage starting to crumble. My wife Celine and I were processing things very differently. I’m a builder, a fixer, and I couldn’t fix it. Jeepers, I didn’t even know what it was.

Suddenly, this random thought flooded into my brain, and I blurted out, “Would you be willing for us to go see a counselor to help us process all this?”

     Did I just say that? I thought as Celine said, “OK, yes, let’s do that.”

At one of our counseling sessions, the counselor said, “Your lives together began when you started dating. But, before that, both of you had lived separate lives for many years. So, for this week’s homework assignment, I want you to write each other a story from your life. The life you had before you met. Your memories from when you were growing up.”

“Me, write a story? I barely passed English class in school. I’m no writer,” I responded.

The counselor smiled. “I’m not saying write a novel. It’s more like a letter, just write down some memories of your life you can share. Just like our session today, this will help you to understand each other better.”

“OK, I’ll give it a try,” I said.

That night, Celine fell asleep as soon as her head hit the pillow, exhausted from the emotional roller coaster a few hours before. So, I pulled out a journal and pen and began to write. I scribbled notes down for about an hour then fell asleep.

In the morning, I handed Celine my journal. As she began to read, her brow wrinkled, followed by her face contorting as if in pain. Finally, after a couple of long minutes, she looked up.

“Is it that bad?” I asked.

“No, it’s not that it’s bad. It’s … you should write this.”

“I just did.”

“No, I mean you should write your story, your whole story.”

“You mean like a book? I can’t write a book. I barely passed English class.

“No, you can’t spell, and yes, your grammar is terrible, but you tell stories all the time, and people like your stories. People remember your stories.”

Celine was right about one thing, the fact that I tell a lot of stories. When I was young, Mom would tell me stories repeatedly of how I came to be a McQuarrie. I loved Bible stories about Moses, Joseph, and King David as a little guy. I guess not being good at English, I often used stories of my life to explain myself or try to relate to others.

“Stories are one thing, but to write a book, you have to have a point or a purpose, not just a bunch of stories,” I said to Celine.

“Well, you should pray about it,” Celine responded.

After almost a year of praying about it and three years of writing, in November 2022, The Orphan Carpenter was published. I know the Lord had his hand in writing this book because there is no way I could have pulled this off on my own.

I pray the Lord takes these stories to those they were meant to encourage.

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24

Interview with the Author

  1. How did writing this book grow you spiritually?

     This book began as an assignment my wife and I were given during a counseling session following a traumatic experience. The assignment was for each of us to write a story about our life before we met. So we could better understand how we react differently to situations based on our upbringing. Well, I just kept on writing. I always knew God was working in the background of my life, but it wasn’t until I finished this book and linked all the stories that I could see how much God is involved in our lives. Regardless of the events, big or small, life or death, God always showed up somehow. And he is working through the circumstances of life to guide us on a specific path. Nothing is random or by chance.

  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

     Well, I guess that would be my day job. You know, the one that pays the bills. I manage the preconstruction and estimating for a Southern California office of a large international general contractor. But I still stay close to my carpenter roots by doing projects around the house. My wife and I enjoy being auntie and uncle to our close friends, twin three-year-old girls and nine-month-old boy. When not babysitting, we enjoy traveling, athletic activities, and staying active.

  1. Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.

     Even though I started life as an orphan, I have never gone searching for my biological family. The Lord provided me with a wonderful forever family from a young age. I trust that he is in charge of my life; I just need to seek him out and not look back.

  1. When did you start writing?

     This is my first book. I didn’t start writing until late 2019. As I mentioned, it began as an assignment by a counselor after a traumatic experience. My whole life, I have been focused on the trades and technical aspects of construction. So, writing anything was not on my radar. But God put it on my radar in a big way.

  1. What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

     To write this book, I had to go back through my entire life and relive the good, the bad, and the ugly. There is a fair amount of spiritual warfare in the book, and I had many sleepless nights reliving the stories in it. The book is to glorify God and bring hope to people. I needed his constant guidance to strike the proper tone with the writing. If it were too light-hearted, it would diminish the seriousness of some circumstances. At the same time, if it were too heavy, it would distract from our victory in Jesus.

Thank you for letting us get to know you better!

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kenneth is giving away the grand prize package of a $150 Amazon gift card and a paperback and an eBook copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/297c9/the-orphan-carpenter-celebration-tour-giveaway