WHY...

Barb Enjoys
Writing at IHOP

I love God, and I love telling others about Him. That’s why I write. Well, that, and I absolutely love to create characters and story worlds.

HOW...

Barb Chooses
Writing Topics

Ideas … ideas … ideas. Someday I seriously intend to settle down and write in one genre and only one genre … if God so leads.

WHAT...

Barb Loves to
Teach & Share

Novel writing is so relevant to our walks with God. Our stories begin with wounded, flawed characters who desperately need help.

Biz On the Go Now Available!
6/10/2018 10:35:00 PM BY Barb Haley

What a wonderful day!  After more than 10 years, my first novel is finally available for purchase.

I’ve learned so much over the years about the craft of writing and how to make my book entertaining and worth your time. Biz is a unique character who has become one of my closest friends. Sounds weird, right? But it’s not. As I discovered many of Biz’s quirks and prayed to give her the right directions and answers, I found myself growing in the knowledge and love of the Lord.

Many say that an author’s first novel can be very similar to an autobiography. I think that’s probably accurate. Although I didn’t experience anything Biz did in her past or present life, I found much of my heart in Biz.

There have been so many times that publishers have expressed interest in publishing the book. They told me I was a strong writer and that the story idea was great. But the publishing world has changed drastically in the last few years. In order to be traditionally published today, an author is expected to build a huge platform—a list of at least 50,000 names and provide multiple opportunities in which to promote and sell the book. The author must be visible on all kinds of social media. No longer can we just write.

Last year, as I continued to work toward this goal, I began to wonder if I should really be spending such a tremendous hunk of my life pursuing my goal to be published. Was my writing touching anyone’s life as it remained, year after year, on my computer? Would God rather I spent this time involved in actual ministry to others through the church, Bible studies, etc.? 

I asked Him and as He so often did in the Bible, He turned the question back to me? “Barbie, if your book touches only one life in the whole scheme of things, do you think that would be enough for Me to have you spend all this time writing it?”


Of course. Jesus left the 99 sheep to save the one who had strayed. He was all about one-on-one relationships when He lived here on earth. 

The thought of Christ asking me to spend years for one soul brought me to tears of humility and gratitude. He filled me with peace and excitement as I returned to finish my book. But He wasn’t finished with the conversation.

He asked me again, “Would your time be worth it if your book touches and ministers to only ONE person?”

“Yes, Lord. Definitely.”

“Good,” He said. “Because that one person is YOU.”

Okay. A few tears turned to an anointed stream as the Holy Spirit revealed the depths of God’s love for me in that moment. Me. 

And as God’s love filled me to overflowing, all I could think of was how I could share His love with others … with you! 

I pray that Biz On the Gowill do just that. In this first book in the series “A Second Wind,” Biz struggles to trust God, especially when He seems silent so much of the time. But she opens her heart just a crack to test God’s love and the love of others. She risks being hurt as in the past. Life is tough, but through it all, Biz begins to understand how God can use her pain to help others … if she’s willing to take down her walls of protection in order to do so.

Can you identify with Biz? Do you know someone who is struggling with repressed pain? Deep sorrow buried since childhood? Drowning in a sea of hopeless disgust and self-hatred. Overwhelmed with questions about how and why a God who claims to be LOVE can even allow such horrendous situations to come about.

If so, I promise you this story will minister in a mighty way. Please read and share it with as many as possible.

Biz and I would love to have our second and third books traditionally published so many others can discover God’s unconditional and never-failing love, but in order to do that, we need your help. Would you consider becoming one of my team—praying for me and supporting me in the following ways as we work together to further God’s message?

  • Read Biz On the Go. 
  • Review the book on Amazon and on your Facebook page.
  • Recommend the book to everyone you can. Consider buying the book for others as a gift.
  • Go to my website at www.barbarahaleybooks.comto add your name to my email list. Ask others to sign up, too. I’ll send you occasional newsletters and updates on future books. And I will never pester you or give your information to anyone else.

So, I’m a bit embarrassed promoting my own work, here. But, NO! I’m not going there. It’s about the heart. I’m not in this to make money, but to use story (as Jesus did) to reveal God’s love. 

Thanks for listening and prayerfully considering signing on to support this ministry!

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:18-19).                                                    

In His love,

Barbie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing Compares!
4/5/2018 2:26:00 AM BY Barb Haley

It’s after midnight and I felt drawn to sit at my piano and worship. What a sweet time of fellowship with the Lord.

As I sang and played and just soaked up God’s presence, I remembered all the times in Mascoutah and Rantoul that we waited around the altars for a visit from the Holy Spirit. And He never let us down, did He?

God would give me one song after another at the piano. I remember the folks (especially the youth) who were anxious to get going after the services headed to Hardees while a good-sized group of us just lingered and worshipped and prayed. We saw God’s hand touch so many lives in those times. I miss them.

I haven’t had the opportunity to lead worship from the piano since I moved to Texas in 1997. Tonight, I realized what a huge part of the real me I left behind in Illinois. How I wish we could all gather again and sing praises as one to God. To pray for one another like we did so often at Vic and Carol’s house on Thursday nights. To study the Bible together.

Does anyone else remember those precious, anointed times together? Songs like: Here’s My Cup, Lord; Set My Spirit Free to Worship Thee; Thou Art Worthy; Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. So, so many beautiful and intimate songs. As we sang, we communicated with God in spirit and truth.

I’m hoping we’ll get to do this again in Heaven. Kind of like the reunions in Mascoutah. So, so sweet.

Not sure why I feel led to share this tonight. I guess I want to encourage you to find some time to get alone with God and just worship with the oldies. Allow the Holy Spirit to bathe you with joy and peace in His presence. It’s so worth the time.

Tonight, I kept going back to the song “Lord, You Are More Beautiful than Diamonds.” I mean … I would have another song in my mind and intend to sing it, but my fingers would play this song again. After about the fifth time this happened, I realized God was speaking to me about my priorities in my daily life. About purposely carving time to spend with Him. About how sitting in His presence is the most precious gift in the world. And I can enjoy it anytime … IF I stop all the other activity that keeps my mind so busy.

There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place. I’m glowing with God’s holy presence tonight and know how very much He loves me. Truly, nothing in this world compares to Him!