“I never set out to be an author,” Carol has said. “I just want to see people set free to pursue their God given purpose and destiny.” This is her passion, her heart, and it grows from roots deep in her own journey. She writes:
“Being a pastor’s wife, mother of two lively girls, and a college instructor can be a full plate. However, I experienced an exhaustion that my circumstances could not explain. That’s when I heard Mark Sandford teach about burden bearing. I was desperate. ―OK, God, if there is anything to this, let’s do it.‖ I began to pray through my life, period by period, cleaning out the residue of burdens I had accumulated through the years. When I finished, I felt 40 pounds lighter.”
“My learning curve began at that point. I began to pray first and then call people when I experienced a sudden severe headache, strange (to me) thoughts, chest pains, flashes of uncharacteristic anger or sensations, overwhelming sadness, etc. Time after time they confirmed that I was indeed sharing what they themselves were experiencing. My husband, David, affectionately called me his canary.‖ He could understand people dynamics by watching my reactions. I was drawn more and more into ministry with David. He was the counselor/teacher and I was the teacher/intercessor.”
“Then I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995 and my life changed dramatically. Life would be different, but not ruined! Previously, through the gift of knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:8), the Lord allowed me to feel powerfully what another person experienced—to give vocabulary and a voice to those who had no voice. It is my hope that my writing ..will give voice and vocabulary in ways I could never imagine, and can no longer do. My loving Father is not requiring my body to experience burden bearing in the same way since December 1995 because He knows my frame. Stress is not healthy for me, so He gives me another way to discharge my calling.”
“Five months after being diagnosed, I woke up to life well enough to do something but not well enough to do anything. I had to do something or go mad. I could not teach or speak before an audience now…my thoughts were disjointed fragments. I could not be on my feet for more than a moment. Visual images didn’t stand still, and reading is still difficult. I had no endurance.”
“The enemy of my soul tried to remove every reference that told me who I was. I think he hoped I would be so depressed I’d forget to pray. All I could do was sit.”
“I taught myself to knit and began to write, sometimes for only five minutes, then ten, then maybe half an hour. The fog in my brain would clear and a thought would stand out so I wrote it down, phrase at a time, story at a time. But always the thoughts and stories were about burden bearing and the mystery of spiritual sensitivity. I can’t remember for how many years that went on, but at some point I realized I had a pile of incoherent, disjointed pieces that could become a book…”
“The Lord is redeeming the time the enemy thought he could steal! Scripture says, ―all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord.”
Carol Brown spent most of her growing up years in a farming community in Iowa. While she may not have become and “author” until later in life, by her own account she began early as a storyteller. “As regards the children’s books…growing up I used storytelling as crowd control for three rowdy and energetic younger brothers! Story telling has been a feature of my life all along so it was very natural to launch into story when my daughters asked, “Mom could you tell us what it was like in the old days, when you were a kid?”
“Again, when my elderly mother began to have one stroke after another, she would tell one pig story after another…f.o.r.e.v.e.r! Rather than pull out my hair, I pulled out my pen and wove together the first of Sassy Pants series. Miraculously, the pig stories stopped. I had captured them so Mom no longer felt the pressure to repeat them over and over again to help us all remember.”
“When I finished the books on sensitivity I told the Lord, “That was hard. I don’t want to write any more hard books.” Evidently He agreed that my mind needed a rest. After about five seconds He gave me the titles of the next four books in the Sassy Pants series! I sat at my computer in wonder as I read the stories for the first time as they flowed onto the screen.”
When she was sixteen, Carol’s family moved to Minnesota where she finished high school and then pursued academics. She met her husband, David, during his internship with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They married in 1969. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. While her children were small, she substituted in the local elementary school, helped out at church, and was a stay-at-home Mom.
Carol has a B.A. in Anthropology and Languages from Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, and elementary education teaching certification from Boise State College, Boise, Idaho. She recieved her M.A. in College Instruction with special emphasis in English as a Second Language from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA. She taught English language for foreign students at North Idaho Jr. College where she was also the foreign student advisor. She has also held teaching posts at Gonzaga University, and Whitworth College. In addition, Carol also served for six years as Education Director for Elijah House Ministries, Post Falls, ID. As representatives of Elijah House, she and David ministered in Australia, Germany, Finland and extensively across the U.S. Later, they spent 8 years in Victoria, B.C. where David supervised the internship program for Elijah House Canada. It was in Canada that Carol began writing as a ministry.