Title of your most recent book?
Who is the book primarily for?
The book has three themes: forgiveness, perseverance, and redemption. I think everyone can relate to at least one of those themes. Any human being can read this book and take away impactful thoughts.
What do you love to write and what inspired you to start?
After dealing with a traumatic brain injury in 2009 and then being responsible for a tragedy that left me dealing with shame and guilt, I was encouraged to journal as a form of therapy. After a couple of years God presented an opportunity to put my experiences in a book, and I ran with it. I love being able to encourage other people and show them life doesn’t end when we make a mistake.
How and where do you write?
I remember getting started on the book and realizing I was going to have to write in the evenings due to parenting and work responsibilities. Each night for several months, my wife and I would get our kids in bed and around 8 p.m. I would start writing on my computer in our kitchen for several hours.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in life from God and my family. What keeps me going in life, even in the hard times, is the reality that people are depending on me, and I can’t give up. If I give up, people’s lives will be affected. God has called me to be a husband and father and that is an awesome responsibility! I get up each day and I try to use my experiences to show others how to deal with tragedies and difficult times. As my kids get older, I want them to be proud of how their dad pushed through low points. I don’t want them to see me as a quitter.
What are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell. I read pretty much exclusively non-fiction books. I like to read a variety of subjects: business, marriage, personal finance, leadership, Christina living, parenting, politics, and history. I think it is so important for us as people to read continually and stretch out minds.
What was the last book that kept you up all night reading?
Some of the most fascinating books that I’ve read are the five books written by Malcomb Gladwell. I can’t describe the way he writes . . . it’s a different way of looking at life. He takes situations that are seemingly normal and then analyzes them from an unexpected angle.
What got you interested in your particular genre? How older were you?
I was 19 when my crazy journey began. I was in an automobile accident, and I was kind of forced into the genres of forgiveness and perseverance. Another major automobile accident a couple years later showed me God wanted me to learn about those genres, and he wasn’t leaving me a lot of wiggle room. I really studied scripture and found ways to grow in those areas.
What fills your tank and what wears you out?
I get really excited when I have big events to speak at, but those same events drain me! It’s crazy, but doing public speaking is completely exhausting, even though there is nothing physically demanding about it.
Tim Tebow is a really inspiring guy. The man has dealt with horrible attacks in the media but has kept an amazing attitude. He always shows people his faith and he always keeps showing his faith even when he is ridiculed for it. It’s a great example to me of perseverance and dealing with adversity in a Christ-honoring way.
What’s one of the more interesting things you’ve done in your life?
Having the opportunities to be on the Today show, interviewed by Katie Couric, and appear in the film, From One Second to the Next, on Netflix and YouTube. I look back on the last five years and it feels like a nightmare and a dream all at once. Really surreal!
What in your growing up years fed your desire to write?
I was not good at math, and I didn’t enjoy science. I found that I enjoyed English classes and writing projects. We all tend to gravitate towards our strengths and abilities to I naturally found myself spending more time doing things involving writing.
How would you describe yourself as a kid, teen, and young adult?
I’ve always liked laughing and joking around, so it always amazes me that God chose to use me in and through such tragic and devastating events. I’ve always been a light-hearted guy, so it’s definitely been unusual spending so much time being serious when I am speaking at events and things. I was shy when I was young and fortunately grew out of that!
What legacy would you like to leave?
I would like my legacy to be that I dealt with adversity in a positive way, I forgave others, and I always gave God the glory for anything I’ve done of value throughout my life. It’s easy to get discouraged and down when hard times come around, it’s easy to think you are a big deal when times are good, and it’s easy to think you have the magic touch when you do unique things. I want to stay grounded in reality and stay thankful.
What form of social media do you use?
I’m on Facebook all the time! I have an “Author” page and a personal page. I love it when readers message me and contact me! I feel great when I find out from people that my book has helped them deal with certain issues.
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Chandler Gerber, a husband and father, resides with his family near Bluffton, Indiana, where he was born and raised. He speaks throughout the country on the topics of driving safety, forgiveness, overcoming obstacles, and a variety of similar themes. His life plans never included speaking or being involved in the public eye, but God has a way of using each of us as He sees fit. Chandler appears in “From One Second to the Next”, a short film on texting while driving that can be viewed on Netflix and YouTube. He is part of the “It Can Wait” program, a national crusade that raises distracted driving awareness.
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