Jim Carroll has taught as a physician in medical schools for more than forty years. Now partially retired, but still continuing his research in stem cell therapy and clinical work in child neurology, Jim has taken up writing outside the medical realm. Based on his wide-ranging experience in the Middle East, he focuses on the culture, politics and religions of the area (see his other website: http://www.allfaithsoil.com).
Jim and Shirley, his wife of fifty years, recently published a memoir (Faith in Crisis – How God Shows Up When You Need Him Most, Crosslink Publishing, 1917) describing their experiences during the 1991 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Jim and Shirley found themselves in this predicament when they were tent-making missionaries in Kuwait. Jim worked for Kuwait University in their medical school. In the summer of 1990 during the Iraqi attack on the little Gulf country of Kuwait, Jim was trapped by the invading army. In this trying period God answered many questions for the Carrolls. For Jim, the Lord brought continuing confidence in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose,” even in the face of a what looked like a bad outcome.
Since the Kuwait episode, Jim has worked and traveled widely in the Middle East including Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen. Jim spent several weeks on six occasions working in Yemen with an NGO. He is aghast at the war the Saudis are waging against the defenseless Yemeni population.
Jim plans a series of novels dealing with Christianity and the Middle East, the first of which is Kuwaiti Seeker, which deals with the Lord’s graceful forgiveness and conversion of Yacoub, a former Muslim. Subsequent novels will explore the work of Jesus in the lives of converted Arabs.