JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - Carlos Wallace was born in Jacksonville, TX. He says his East Texas upbringing shaped his lifelong values under the guidance of his loving parents.
"I wanted their names to last forever and their legacy and the things that they taught and what they stood for. What better way to do that than a book?" said Wallace.
Wallace wrote the book "Life is not Complicated, You Are." Wallace had encountered a few bumps and bruises throughout different obstacles in his life, but his optimism was infectious, often spilling over onto social media.
That's where his message was discovered.
"A publishing company approached me about writing a book based on that. I was like, a status update is one thing, but a whole book is a different story," he said.
After some consideration, he knew what his core message would be.
"The people have changed but the principles are still there. I think we ignore that and we know what's right but it's not popular. So we have a tendency to want to do what's popular instead of what's right," Carlos explains.
The book is divided into several chapters dealing with issues that are close to Wallace's heart. One is entitled legacy.
"It talks about being a better father and what we need to do more of in respect to our children today. There's a couple that are tough. Fearless is a good one." He adds, "It talks about when I lost my job and the obstacles that I had to overcome with continuing to provide for my family and maintain a household."
Throughout each page, the heartbeat of his faith sounds strongly. "Life is Not Complicated, You Are" is the first of three books and Wallace says he's proud at its reception.
"To read reviews from people that I don't know or receive emails and texts from people saying how much it inspired them and how much it means to them to read it and how they felt when they finished. I was like, 'Wow.' Now I know I did the right thing."
He gave all praise to the God who helped him overcome every challenge and have a voice to share the secret to his success.
"When you reach that place where you feel like there's just nowhere else to go, go up. Sometimes that's getting on your knees and giving Him your problems just for a second. Wallace adds, "He'll always listen."