Carol Barnier

Carol Barnier


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Delightful Speaker, Entertaining Author, Adequate Wife, Pitiful Housekeeper

Bio: Carol Barnier is a fresh, fun and popular conference speaker unlike any you’ve heard before. Her objective is to have the wit of Erma Bombeck crossed wih the depth of C.S. Lewis, but admits that most days, she only achieves a solid Lucy Ricardo with a bit of Bob the Tomato. She is a frequent guest commentator on Focus on the Family’s Weekend Magazine broadcast, where she’s spoken on a variety of humorous topics ranging from not being ready to be a Titus woman to why angels need a new public relations manager. She has been a guest on many radio programs and is a speaker to conferences nationwide.

While her humor will have you leaning sideways, her faith is solid stuff. Whether speaking about her first born son’s 13 surgeries, her family’s many ADHD challenges, or her own walk from being a God-denying atheist to the most grateful recipient of God’s amazing grace, this woman speaks from the heart. She knows why she knows what she knows

Carol’s most recent book, Engaging Today’s Prodigal—Clear Thinking, New Approaches, and Reasons for Hope, (Moody Publishers, April 2012) shares insight, strategy and hope from her own experiences. She left the faith of her pastor father, became an active atheist, debated Christians, and explored a variety of worldviews before she found the truth in a relationship with Jesus.

Many families today experience the profound guilt and shame-filled pain of seeing a child walk away from their faith and values. Churches and parents feel powerless to change the relationship and engage the prodigal in positive ways. Engaging Today’s Prodigal equips readers by giving them a better understanding of a prodigal’s motivation, useful responses that won’t prevent reconciliation, clear boundaries to protect themselves and other children, and the value of realistic expectations. With effective wit and humor, coupled with transparent and useful insight, Carol provides material relevant for churches, parents and even the prodigals themselves.

In addition, she’s the author of three books about dealing with (or possessing) a non-linear mind in a linear world. Her first book, How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On To Learning, gives the reader understanding into the mind of the highly distractible child. It answers the imponderable question, “Why does this child constantly fall out of his chair?” (hear the kathunk) It also provides idea after idea on how to teach a child who simply can’t sit still.

Carol’s second book, If I’m Diapering a Watermelon, Then Where’d I Leave the Baby?, was born of the realization that her highly distractible son had not fallen very far from the tree. (hear the next kathunk) This book celebrates women who are non-linear thinkers, women who are the Mary’s in this very Martha world. It also provides strategies on how to keep the distractible mind on track while taking advantage of the gifts that come with being gloriously unregimented.

Her third book, The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles, takes all the mystery and complexity OUT of learning styles. This book keeps it simple, and puts its emphasis on the “What do we do now?” It takes each academic subject and then provides dozens of ideas on how to teach it from a variety of angles to a variety of learning styles. It makes teaching the atypical learner not only easy, but fun. No really, it does.

These three books are published by Emerald Publishing (a group within the YWAM Publishing Company).

Carol has also been running a free on-line coaching community for families with a highly distractible child for many years. Give them a visit at www.SizzleBop.com

You can learn more about Carol’s speaking activities by visiting her site at www.carolbarnier.com