Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Lee Carver

Is there a story behind your book, Flying for Jesus?
The book is completely autobiographical. As my husband recuperated from a near-death illness, he spent weeks in prayer, asking for what purpose he was miraculously saved. For ten years we followed God’s leadership blindly while he revealed that answer: to be a missionary pilot in the Brazilian Amazon. Part One tells how we got to that point, and Part Two shares stories of our life and missions into the watery world of Amazonas.

What started you on your writing journey?
Traveling and living in foreign countries, I collected some fun stories, the kind you swap with friends after dinner. I began to type them out so I wouldn’t forget the details. In Brazil, a woman who had been a creative writing teacher at UCLA began home classes for fun, and those experiences became the book The Most Excellent Adventure, now self-published in print and Kindle on

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
As a teenager, I once pretended to be a French exchange student and was interviewed on the local television station. When I returned home, Mother had already heard about it.

What is your strangest habit?
I don’t know if you’d call it strange or not, but I usually have something with me to crochet if there’s any possibility of having to wait. I make shawls and lap blankets for the Prayer Shawl Ministry, a caring, supportive ministry for people going through a difficult experience. I wish I could crochet during sermons, but I couldn’t get away with that from the choir seating.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Accidental humor, the kind of incidents in The Most Excellent Adventure, are the funniest to me. Take a look. The eBook is only 99 cents.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
I’ve lived in seven countries and traveled to about forty-five countries and studied nine languages. Travel is still a way of life for us, even after retirement from my husband’s international job. Europe is so expensive now, but I do have favorite places in France and Germany. For beauty, Maui and Kauai, Hawaii, cannot be excelled.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
In the fall of 2011, my husband and I traveled in Europe over the same roads where his father had fought in World War II. Within a year, I was writing a novel which has just received a contract and will be published in 2015. The main character is a German young man with dual citizenship because his mother is American—and secretly a Jewish Christian.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
 Many modern Christians don’t see how God continues to lead, advise, and give meaning to life. He’s still offering an intimate relationship if we’re open to that possibility.

 Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.

   Isaiah 40:30-31

New International Version (NIV)
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

This was practically our motto during our mission years, because we began at age fifty-five. We did have amazing strength and health and still do. Poor villagers in the Amazon were amazed to see the pilot with gray hair hauling medical supplies and working like a young man. Back in the city of Manaus, I did and learned things beyond my capacity to that point. God supplied our needs, especially for strength.

Whatever possessed you to make this a nonprofit book?
Darrel and I feel this is God’s story. It’s the marvelous, scary, out-on-a-limb adventure He took us on. We wanted it spread far and wide, especially to other missionaries and people who might be willing-to-be-willing to take a holy commission like this. We wanted to show one way He works, inspires, and directs ordinary people into an extraordinary experience.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I’ve just received a contract to publish a novel based on our life in Brazil, but with a fictional plot and romantic thread. I not only don’t have a release date yet—sometime later in 2014—but the title is going to be changed. I promise I’ll let you know when the details are set!

Back Cover

Why would an international banker retire early, at the peak of his career, to fly as a volunteer missionary over the Brazilian Amazon?

And where did he get the money to donate a two million dollar airplane?

He might be running drugs from Colombia or smuggling gems from the rich rocks of Minas Gerais. Many Brazilians believed the American missionaries were all CIA spies.

There had to be a reason.

Available as a free PDF download from 2 web sites:

To buy her book without profit added:

About Lee:
For six years in retirement, Lee and her husband Darrel served as volunteer missionaries with a Brazilian organization, Asas de Socorro (Wings of Help), formerly MAF-Brazil. Darrel flew the amphibious ten-seat Cessna Caravan over jungle area half the size of the United States. Their home in Manaus—the largest city in the world with no road to it—was a free guesthouse for missionaries, pilots, mechanics, and medical volunteers. She went on missions, speaks the language, and knows the people whose story she tells.
Lee lived in Brazil a total of twelve years, including two transfers to São Paulo while her husband worked for Citibank. Other foreign postings were Greece, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Indonesia, and Spain. She studied nine languages and visited over forty-five countries. The Carvers now reside in Texas but are still active in Brazilian aviation missions.
Lee is a member of ACFW and president of its local chapter, DFW Ready Writers. She freelances as a grammar/punctuation editor and formats manuscripts for e-book and POD uploads.

To connect with Lee:
FaceBook:  Lee Carver

Lee Carver is giving away a copy of Flying for Jesus. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Anonymous said...

WOW! What a life. I have real respect for those who follow the Lord as missionaries. They have to be real followers of HIS and trust that he will take care of them. To me would be so scary to be in so many of those places. I know some missionaries. I can't imagine being so far from family for such long periods. Bet this is a good book. Please put my name in. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Sharon A Lavy said...

This is a situation where everyone is a winner because Lee is giving away a PDF copy of the book to everyone. Just follow the links mentioned in the article.

Lisa Lickel said...

HI, Lee,
Wow, what an amazing, inspirational story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Lee Carver said...

Maxie, your journey will be quite different. If you're willing to be used by God, he will make you an offer. Our own country desperately needs Christian missionaries, and you can be one of them.

Lee Carver said...

Thank you, Lisa. The purpose is to share that inspiration. It took me years to write the book, because I feared putting my husband on a pedestal or drawing attention to ourselves. This is God's story. That's why it's given as a free PDF and nonprofit print.

Kellie Coates Gilbert said...

I've known you for awhile now, Lee - but never knew how extensively you've traveled. Remarkable!

Ginger Solomon said...

A good interview Lee. You're an inspiration. :)

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Good interview! What an interesting life. Can't wait for your other books to come out. Keep us informed.

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Good interview! What an interesting life. Can't wait for your other books to come out. Keep us informed.

Margo Carmichael said...

Lee, you are amazing and I'm proud to call you my friend. God bless you in all your endeavors.

Carlene Havel said...

Totally amazing! "For I know the plans I have for you..."

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

I enjoyed watching this book develop as Lee shared it chapter by chapter with our critique group. The story will be a blessing to a lot of people, just as Lee has been a blessing in my life.

Please, don't put me in the drawing.

Quinn said...


Lee Carver said...

Thanks for pointing that out, Lena. I've been concerned that people might think this is a sub-standard book because it's free and self-published. You and others can attest to the fact that we used all our novel-writing skills to make it read like a novel.

Nancy Smith said...

Loved reading the interview and having more insight into your lives . I am blessed to know the 2 of you and to share in your lives joys and sorrows. God is still using you both.

Anne Greene said...

Lee, I learned some interesting things about you. Good interview.

Anne Greene said...

Lee, I learned some interesting things about you. Good interview.

Anne Greene said...

Lee, I learned some interesting things about you. Good interview!

Patricia Bradley said...

Sometimes I think about knitting in church, but not sure how well it would be received. And I don't sing in the choir...they would definitely ask me to leave. :-)
Would love to win the book. pat at ptbradley dot com

Lee Carver said...

Pat, if I could crochet in church I would stay awake more easily and actually comprehend the sermon better. There's one lady who knits in church. I'm not above doing needlework during committee meetings, though.

Library Lady said...

I would very much like to win a copy of Lee's book for my Church Library.
We have a wonderful collection of books about Missions & Missionaries and this book would be "the icing on the cake".
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Janet E.

Lana Halpin said...

It has been one of my greatest blessings these past years to know Lee and her husband as friends. Lee is such a gifted author. Her husband is so devoted and supportive of Lee's writing. They both are such amazing examples of those who "walk the walk and talk and talk" with sincere belief and conviction.
Postscript: Lee "writes" her walk and talk with love, a caring spirit, and tremendous talent.

Sharon A Lavy said...

Thank you Lee for sharing with us.

Leanna Ellis said...

Thanks, Lee! Your journey with God is amazing and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Lee Carver said...

You have all left such sweet comments. This is God's story. He took us on such a ride! And Library Lady, I'll send you a copy for your church library. I've emailed you privately.

Janice Olson said...

Enjoyed the interview, Lee. Learned a little I didn't know about you. You and and your husband are special people. Don't put me in the drawing, I already have the book. Bless someone else. Blessings on your writing, friend.

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