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A while back I had shared a ‘Author Spotlight’ of Author, Jack Barr, and his wife and daughter, Jana & Marley Barr.
Jack’s book had just released on Barnes & Noble, and on Amazon. This is a very special family, and close to my heart as well. Jack & Jana’s little girl was born with Down Syndrome. And Jack’s book is about sharing his feelings when he came to find that little Marley had this disease. Here is how Jack describes the feelings he felt a few days later when their Doctor told them Marley may have Down Syndrome ….
About The Book:
“The day my daughter Marley was born, I went straight to the nursery and held her for well over two hours. I just held her and cried because I had never experienced such a love for anyone or anything in my life. I think the nurses thought I was crazy because eventually they told me I needed to go be with my wife. Three days later, before we left the hospital, the pediatric doctor told us she thought Marley might have Down syndrome. My reaction: Are you freaking kidding me? I immediately had a panic attack.”
Thus begins the brutally honest account of a new father who struggles with his faith, his family, and mostly himself as he comes to grips with the prospect of raising a child with a disability.
The author, Jack Barr, does not hold anything back as he shares his questions and his pain. Through a process of understanding, love, prayer, faith, and support from others, the author’s perspective changes and he comes to realize the beautiful blessing that has been given to him and the privilege it is to be a father.
“Failing at Fatherhood” is indeed a book for the imperfect father and it will help any parent who may be struggling through a crisis of faith. By sharing Jack’s story, one will grow in their perspective on life and God so that they may better understand their own role as a parent and spouse”.
Now, through his new book, Jack has been able to help, mentor, and share his story as a fathers point of view when getting such devastating news of a child, his child with a life threatening illness. I know what it is like getting that type of news myself. My husband Tom and I have a niece on his side that was born with Down Syndrome. And she has had a pretty tough life with surgery’s and leukemia. But today, she is doing well and brings all of us such joy!
So I know how difficult it is for the Barr family. They have done a such an awesome job Raising Awareness of this disease, and have helped many families that to have kids with down syndrome. So I wanted to share some important updates on what they have been up to, and some really wonderful things have been happening since the release of the book as well. Here first is a little about the Barr family. And if you have not yet read Jack’s book titled; Failing at Fatherhood, A book for the imperfect father … I urge you to order yours today and be inspired how a tragic illness can bring Faith and Blessings to a family like the Barr’s …
About The Barr Family ~ Jack, Jana, and Sweet Marley …
Three years ago, Jack and Jana did not know God would use their daughter Marley, to forever alter their life plan. Marley was born with Down syndrome and that event sent Jack crashing into a sea of depression. “I could not overcome the question of, Why us God”? Since that day, Jack and Jana have rerouted their plan to align with God’s plan. They started, If They Had A Voice, an awareness campaign that focuses on Down syndrome abortions. Their story has been featured on CNN, CNN Mexico, Life Action News, and The Insight Channel. Jack has also released his first book, Failing at Fatherhood, which has been endorsed by Bob Russell, S.A. Bodeen, and Woodroll Kroll. Jack & Jana had a simple plan for their future, but God has forced them to trust in HIS plan.
Jack and Jana Barr are missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand. Before their first date, they both knew God was calling them to serve overseas. After completing their undergraduate degrees at Johnson University, and their graduate degrees (Jack M.Ed. Regent University, M.Sc. Canisius College/ Jana M.A. Lee University) they flew to Bangkok for the first time. For the past nine years they have served God by teaching at the International Community School in Bangkok, Thailand.
“Jana and I wanted to be self-supportive and earning our graduate degrees provided us with that opportunity. But beyond that, the graduate degrees we earned prepared us to teach and live cross culturally. Our college courses forced us to step outside our comfortable environment of teaching first language learners and embrace second language teaching. Most importantly, our professors prepared us for a chaotic life of change that accompanies living overseas.”
Three years ago, Jack and Jana did not know God would use their daughter Marley, to forever alter their life plan. Marley was born with Down syndrome and that event sent Jack crashing into a sea of depression. “I could not overcome the question of, Why us God”? Since that day, Jack and Jana have rerouted their plan to align with God’s plan. They started, If They Had A Voice, an awareness campaign that focuses on Down syndrome abortions. Their story has been featured on CNN, CNN Mexico, Life Action News, and The Insight Channel. Jack is also releasing his first book November 10th, Failing at Fatherhood, which has been endorsed by Bob Russell, S.A. Bodeen, and Woodroll Kroll. Jack & Jana had a simple plan for their future, but God has forced them to trust in HIS plan.
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AND…He was just a Author Guest on The Author Chat Show of Lynda Brown! Take a Listen!
Jack & Marley’s Story on CNN.com It’s a wonderful Story!
Now here are more exciting things that recently have everyone buzzing about Jack Barr’s book!
Mom’s Choice Awards
Lets start with Jack Barr’s book has won a “Mom’s Choice Award” …
This is a big honor to be chosen by this popular organization who shares many brands, products, and services. So now he is a ‘Award Winning Author’! In The Book Family Friendly Media, Products and Services category … Kudos!
Now, … A New Publisher Press Release For “Failing at Fatherhood” Author, Jack Barr …
F o r I m m e d i a t e R e l e a s e —- …
Failing at Fatherhood: a book for the imperfect father to be released by Trinity Grace Press in November
Orlando, FL / October 13, 2014 – Trinity Grace Press is proud to announce the forthcoming release in paperback and as an e-book for the Amazon Kindle, the Apple iBookstore, and the Barnes & Noble Nook, of Failing at Fatherhood: a book for the imperfect father by Jack Barr of King, North Carolina. The release is scheduled for November 10th.
Starting with an article on CNN, the author, Jack Barr, tells his deeply personal story as a new father who learns that his child has Down syndrome. The resulting fear and anxiety quickly overwhelms him to the point where he takes drastic actions that are vividly recounted in his book Failing at Fatherhood. His calling to be a missionary in Thailand alongside his wife serves as the backdrop to this story of failure—but also one of redemption because the glowing embers of his faith compel him to change his path and become the father that he is meant to be.
Dr. Woodrow Kroll, former president and senior bible teacher of Back to the Bible International had this to say:
Raw. Emotional. Honest. That’s Jack Barr, wearing his emotions on his sleeve, in his book Failing at Fatherhood. If you’ve ever been traumatized by the birth of an imperfect baby, if you’ve ever found yourself in the pit of despair questioning God and wondering how you will cope, the story of Jack, his wife Jana, and their precious little Marley will not only touch your heart, it will wrench it. But there is hope in their story—the hope that only a good God can bring. Read Failing at Fatherhood and prepare to be changed.
John McClure, senior editor of Trinity Grace Press, states, “When I first read about Jack’s story on CNN, I knew that we had to help get his story out –one of redemption through God’s grace. For we have all failed but Jack is just more honest about it than most of us. The key is not giving up and to accept God’s mercy and to go forward with our mission in life. Jack’s book helps us all see that and understand it better.”
Failing at Fatherhood (ISBN: 978-1-940145-30-3, Trade Paper, 164 pages, $13.99, Non-Fiction/Christian Life/Family) from Trinity Grace Press, will be released November 10, 2014 but is available now for pre-order.
About Jack Barr Jack and Jana Barr started the If They Had A Voice awareness campaign that focuses on the beauty of Down syndrome children. Their story has been featured on CNN, National Down Syndrome Society, and The Miracle Channel. They had a simple plan for their lives, but God guided them towards a different path. Find out more at: http://www. iftheyhadavoice.org
About Trinity Grace Press The Publisher ~ Trinity Grace Press is a unit of Signalman Publishing, an independent Christian book publisher based in Kissimmee, Florida. Signalman is a member of the Christian Small Publishers Association.
Then more wonderful news, you can now also purchase Jack’s book here at, Send The Light Distribution!
Here is the info!
Send The Light is a ministry that attempts to serve the reading, listening and teaching needs of the diverse Body of Christ.
There is but one Body, there are also many members with varying needs and Biblical interpretations. Therefore, not always knowing what may benefit a believer or further the Kingdom, we seek to carry a wide variety of religious, inspirational and even theologically neutral products (e.g., many children’s titles and reference works).
Some members of the Body (including our own employees) may strongly disagree with some of the items we carry, but we will not intentionally carry any item that is patently anti-Christian in its authorship or its message. We agree with the often quoted 17th century tract written by theologian Rupertus Meldenius which says, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.”
AND … even more news! Jack is an Alumni of Regent University, and they did an awesome story about his new book, as an author, and *Sweet Marley* on there Alumni’s Assc. website. Here is the link so You can visit and read the whole article in full. What an honor!
So there is all the exciting news about Author, Jack Barr and his wife Jana, and daughter Marley. I hope you’ll take the time to go by their wonderful website and visit the blog there often. They will also be sharing news about the book, and what Jack and the family is up to. www.iftheyhadavoice.org You can also find and follow them on Twitter @jackjanamarley
And on GoodReads too! http://www.goodreads.com/jackandjana
Please support The National Association for Down Syndrome Today in Honor of *Marley Barr*