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The Fallen Pastor

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Yesterday I received the book, “Fallen Pastor” in the mail.  I got my copy early because I did a pre-order on the book and knew about it from the inception.  The reason?  I’m privileged to know Ray Carroll personally.  We met through the wonderful blogging community about 2 years ago, and have been great friends since then.  He is a former Southern Baptist Pastor who had a fall from grace, and lived to tell about it – but more than that, He lived to write about it, help others, speak, minister and be a living breathing reminder of God’s amazing grace.  His journey has taken him to hell and back again – and he is able to help others with what mistakes he made, and what mistakes others made in dealing with the prevalent problem of moral failure in the church today – especially among pastors.

Ray is happily married to Allison and provides hope, help, advice and counsel for those who are suffering with secrets, pride, or failure of any kind.  Ray is down to earth, funny, practical and has found a ministry through the written word.  This experience has broken his heart, humbled him and made him a human being again after years of being full of pride and arrogance.  I deeply respect him, his great love for people, his beautiful wife and children.

If you would like to read this great book of hope and inspiration, you can order it from Amazon.com right here: Fallen Pastor

You can also follow him on his blog The Fallen Pastor as he journeys through life on the other side of failure – where grace and forgiveness are waiting.

I’m proud of you, Ray.  You are an inspiration to others who are hurting.  Thank you.

God Bless

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Comments on: "The Fallen Pastor" (14)

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I hadn’t heard of this book. I love stories of redemption. It’s so…Biblical. Thanks again.

  2. I think it’s great that he is sharing this with the world – so others will know that just because we are Christians (especially those in leadership roles), we are not perfect. It also helps those who have fallen know they can rise again with help and forgiveness from the Lord.

    Happy new year to you and your family!

  3. Thanks for sharing about this book, Cindy. It’s just the kind resource I like to know about for my blog, http://www.WoundedChristians.com. Bless you for being an encourager to Ray Carroll as he ministers to imperfect Christians–which would include all of us in one way or another.

    • Thanks Diana! I love reading your blog and know others are receiving comfort from your healing words of wisdom and insight 🙂 Yes – we are all “fallen” – and need much grace!

    • Thanks Diana. You’re absolutely right. You have a great looking blog – I’d love to swap guest posts with you sometime. Keep up the good work!

  4. It’s comforting to know that God can take someone who has fallen on hard times spiritually and bring him back even stronger. Thank you for sharing, God bless.

  5. Cindy,

    You almost made me cry. That was very sweet of you to write that. It’s been great to get to know you and have you and Greg as friends. You’ve both been an inspiration to us.

    However, the Captain and Tennille post is a really hard one to follow.

    Happy New Year!

    Ray

    • Only ALMOST made you cry?! Man – I’m slipping. Hey – the Captain and Tennille were very popular when I was growing up! And if you listen to the song above – you can’t help but love the “cover” of that great wedding song! I love the other 70’s stuff too – so it’s all good 🙂 We appreciate your friendship and support too! Hugs to you and Allison 🙂

      • I won’t tell you what I was doing in the 70’s, Cindy. But I was in diapers for most of it. I do remember I did like “Funkytown” a lot. It was on the “B” side of my YMCA vinyl single.

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