Attorney, Author, Filmmaker and Keynote Speaker
Hal Carter’s

TRIALS by FIRE

My Improbable Journey to

Happiness

Health and Wellness Book and Motivational Talk

What They Are Saying About the Talk

"Riveting and inspiring!"

Mickey Fears
United Methodist Church of Linden, TX

“A powerful blend of story, analysis and emotion!”

James Evans
Assoc. Professor of Psychology LSU Shreveport

“Hal, since your talk, I have heard so many compliments on you and your presentation that your talk has been dubbed ‘the best’!”

Carol Connor
Kiwanis Club of Texarkana, TX

“Hal Carter, there are many who suffer from adversity and injustice. When one of us rises above it, it inspires all of us. I read the ‘Free to Live’ story about you and write to thank you for sharing your story of overcoming adversity and injustice. It takes courage to share it but your story has helped more people than you will ever know.”

Michaela Devivo

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Reader

My Speaker One Sheet

Hal Carter

Keynote Health and Wellness Motivational Speaker

TRIALS by FIRE
My Improbable Journey to
Happiness

I know how to go through Hell on Earth and still live a long, healthy, happy life!



What you want to know - and what you may not want to know...but need to.

“You’ll never be anything but a bum!” is what I was told throughout my teenage years. “You’re permanently disabled now - and will never lead a normal life again,” is what my neurosurgeon told me at age 24 following my roughnecking spinal injury. “You’re the prime suspect in three horrific murders...and your life is ruined!” is what I heard over and over after someone I love, her father and 8-year-old nephew were murdered.

These dire predictions about my life - and how I responded to them – have defined my life and moved me to share what I’ve learned from them about our Mind, Body and Spirit. After becoming disabled for life, HOW DID I overcome my spinal injury and go on to lead a very active life - including playing many sports? After intentionally flunking out of college in an act of self-sabotage so I could become the bum I’d been told for so many years I was going to be, HOW DID I become a lawyer - a trial lawyer who was the subject of various news media stories, including being interviewed by Diane Sawyer on the acclaimed 60 Minutes news program? And, after becoming the prime suspect in three brutal murders, losing my law practice and almost everything I had to lose, being told I’d flunked a polygraph test about the murders, and going up into nearby mountains to drive of a mountain road to end it all, HOW DID I avoid taking my life that day, ultimately find the killer then orchestrate the killer’s confession on the day of his execution for the infamous University of FL “Gainesville Murders” – clearing myself after 17 long years – and today am turning Tragedy into Good through my book, movie and inspirational speaking?

SURVIVING these Mind, Body and Spirit challenges FORCED ME to become the best I can be! And, what I learned from these challenges, can EMPOWER YOU to overcome YOUR OWN life challenges and become the best YOU can be!

Like other inspirational talks I’ve heard, mine includes the message that, if I can overcome what I have, then, you can overcome your own life challenges, too. But my talk is about much more than that! I KNOW how to go through Hell on Earth and still live a healthy, happy life...because I HAVE - AND AM! And I want to share with you HOW I OVERCAME my life challenges, WHAT I LEARNED from them about OUR MIND, BODY and SPIRIT and, most importantly, HOW WE CAN ALL OVERCOME our life challenges and become the best we can be!

I hope you’ll book me to deliver my health and wellness motivational talk TRIALS by FIRE, My Improbable Journey to Happiness.

Let’s Start the Conversation

Whether you’re a corporation, association, church, college or school, I’d love to work with you to help make your next convention, conference, seminar, workshop or meeting the best it can be! Start the conversation about booking me by e-mailing me at Hal@HalCarterSpeaking.com, calling me at (318) 861-8604 or (318) 518-8870 or clicking on this link.

A Few More Things I Want You to Know...

Almost everyone who learns about my life asks how I have overcome what I have and how I am healthy, “normal” and happy today - then frequently urge me to speak or write a book about it. So, I have.

Stories, especially true stories, are the best way I know to inform, inspire and motivate. Many who have heard me speak and many who have read my book, tell me that my talk and book do just that. Like other true story motivational talks, I’ve heard and health and wellness books I’ve read, my talk and book include the message that, if I can overcome what I have, then, you can overcome your own life challenges, too. But my talk and book are about much more.

I know how to go through Hell on Earth and still live a healthy, happy lifebecause I have - and am! Through my story, I share with you how I overcame my life challenges and what I learned from them about ourmind, body and spirit. But, most importantly, I share with you how you can all overcome almost any of your life challenges, become the best you can be, live a long, healthy life and earn real happiness.

Along with my TRIALS by FIRE, My Improbable Journey to Happiness health and wellness motivational talk, I am sharing how I have overcome what I have in a way that I am healthy and happy today through my TRIALS by FIRE, My Improbable Journey to Happiness health and wellness book which you can purchase at ------. I hope you will check out Chapter 1 below and read my health and wellness book, as well as hear my health and wellness motivational talk based on it.

Hal Carter

TRIALS by FIRE

My Improbable Journey to Happiness

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About This Book for You

“We cannot force someone to hear a message they are not ready to receive, but we must never underestimate the power of planting a seed.”

The Contemplative Monk

In a world where many live in quiet desperation, seeking happiness in so many wrong ways and in so many wrong places, I have been asked many times how I am happy despite what I have experienced in my life. It’s a question that cannot be answered well in a few sentences, so some have encouraged me to write a book about overcoming tough times.

The truth is that I have a passion to write another book. Years ago, I began journaling to help me through a tragic crime that became a national news headline story. Years later, with book offers, movie offers, and encouragement from prominent best-selling authors, I was on my way to turn my journal entries into a book and movie screenplay. I was—until I began delivering health and wellness motivational talks.

As I delivered my talks, which included my true crime story, I became increasingly frustrated. I did not have enough time during even a ninety-minute talk to go into the depth I wanted to about what I had learned. Realizing that a book based on my talk could inform much more than I ever could through my

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About Me and My
TRIALS by FIRE
My Improbable Journey to
Happiness
Story

Polite and somewhat shy as a boy, I loved sports and never needed to be reminded to say my daily prayers.

Despite hearing throughout my teenage years that I would never become anything but a “bum,” I was known as “Mr. Nice Guy,” served in Student Government and was voted Senior Favorite at my nationally recognized high school.

But, in an act of pure self-sabotage, I walked away from college one semester without withdrawing - so I could make a 0.0 GPA that semester, flunk out and finally be the “bum” I had been told for years I was going to be.

I went to work roughnecking on oil drilling rigs where I ruptured several discs in my spine. Several surgeries later, my surgeon told me that me I was permanently disabled, would never lead a normal life again...and gave me a handful of pain prescriptions.

One Fourth of July there were romantic fireworks when I fell in love with Julie. I prayed every day for God to bless and protect Julie and her family.

But it wasn’t much more than a year later that Julie, her father and 8-year-old nephew were brutally stabbed to death one night in their peaceful neighborhood home.

When tomorrow never came for Julie, her father and nephew, I became headline news as the prime suspect in their gruesome murders - and faced the toughest challenge of my life. As Homicide Detectives pursued me trying to break me, I lost almost everything I had to lose and heard that my life had been “ruined.”

After descending into a dark depression, one day I drove up into nearby mountains and found a turn in a mountain road to drive off into the deep gorge below - and end it all. Despite my longing to die, though, I didn’t drive off that mountain road. But, because I didn’t, I was haunted by my past as the prime suspect in three brutal murders.

Despite hearing I would never be anything but a bum, that I was disabled for life and, that my life had been “ruined,” today I am healthy and happy delivering my TRIALS by FIRE health and wellness motivational talks and promoting my TRIALS by FIRE health and wellness book.

Today, I am also completing my upcoming WHEN TOMORROW NEVER COMES murder and spiritual mystery book and movie screenplay. I am determined to prove that my life has not been ruined and am determined toTurn Tragedy into Good by making this a little better world through sharing what I learned from my journey following Tom, Julie and Sean Grissom’s murders.

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