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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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