Featured Interview With Lynn Baber
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? That you want something different than what you have, or a magic pill to transform you into someone new? Do relationships confuse or frustrate you.
If you answered yes to any of those questions, we share some common history. I write non-fiction books for people who know that there’s more and better somewhere out there. But they don’t know how to get it.
I was the geeky kid from a dysfunctional family and no hometown. My favorite companions were animals and books. Animals weren’t judgmental, and books offered escape, intrigue, inspiration, and companionship.
After decades of learning the hard way (is there any other?) I figured out where all the wonderful stuff is hidden and how to access it. By the grace of God, I survived experiences many don’t, and enjoyed a successful career as a business consultant and motivational speaker. Then the dream of a lifetime became reality – I jumped head first into the horse business as a trainer and breeder.
Mind you, I had to start at the bottom. Over the next 25 years, I learned to be simple, communicate efficiently, earn focus and respect, and enjoyed great horses, wonderful clients, and blessings I never expected. I judged shows in the US and Europe, earned World and National Champion trophies as a trainer and breeder, and served as an expert witness.
God wastes nothing and has a sense of humor. Seven years of equine-related ministry followed my years in the industry. Today, I enjoy living in a Texas barn with my husband, five horses, dogs, and cats.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Books have been an important part of my life since first grade. The library in our little suburb held two-stories of fascinating opportunity. I was a regular visitor, never leaving without an armload of new books to replace the ones just returned.
I tried writing stories in grade school, but wasn’t any good at it. As a young adult, I dabbled in poetry. Being somewhat autobiographical, they were better than my failed stories. Sometimes a touch psychedelic (I’m a product of the 60s and 70s), I still like the poems I wrote.
As a business consultant, I wrote books on management and customer service. If I’d stayed in that line of work and not done the horse thing, one of them would still be in print. The content is evergreen and relevant to every business and organization today. But I didn’t, and the story goes on.
My husband and I sold the big ranch and downsized. Every morning I recorded training notes for two gray quarter horses I worked with. They knew something was up before I did. After a few months, I discovered I was writing a book. The lessons I thought I taught the horses, were really lessons God intended for me. That was a twist I didn’t expect.
I was a horse pro who authored a book, not a writer who happened to do horses. There’s a big difference. While the first book, “Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace” was in production at the publisher, I was led into ministry and started the next book. Ministry was never something I’d considered. Far from it. But, if you know God at all, telling Him “No” isn’t the right response.
Over the next seven-plus years I wrote more books, licensing them to the ministry. We purposefully didn’t market or promote. Our goal was offering something positive to people who needed it. The books were used more offline that online, and I enjoyed years of rich experiences and blessings. With practice, I became a better writer.
In 2017, I transitioned from full-time ministry to serving in a new capacity. I write, teach, coach, and do all I can to help others find simplicity and security in relationships and faith.
As a Christian author, I write for horse lovers and readers looking for answers in a complex and changing world. The basics are the same. The truth is the truth. What works, works.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I love reading mysteries, courtroom drama, humor, and books that expand my knowledge base or perspectives. Most books I read are non-fiction, because that’s what I write. The more I know, the better and more relevant my writing is to my readers. I bring a new perspective of simplicity to issues, concerns, news of the day, and personal challenges.
My library includes everything Oswald Chambers and Dr. Francis Schaeffer wrote. I have many titles from and about Bonhoeffer, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Francine Rivers. My library is extensive, full of resource materials as well as just plain good books.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
“The Art of Getting to YES – How using Questions Correctly Inspires Action, Agreement, and Connection with Anyone” is my latest book. It’s a free short read ebook on Amazon and other online sources. It’s often more important to know the right questions than the right answers.
Readers, students, and audiences tell me that the information and illustrations I give about the 4 Types of Questions is particularly valuable. They see themselves in some of the goof-ups, and recognize the opportunity in using questions constructively.
Great communication enhances relationships and success, whether personal, professional, or with a horse. Misunderstandings and manipulation damage relationships. Using questions properly makes a huge difference when credibility and achieving goals is important.
My other most recent book is “Fifteen Minutes into Eternity – The War Between the Human Spirit and the Holy Spirit.” It picks up where “Rapture and Revelation” leaves off. The truth is fascinating stuff. This book is packed with it.
Evil is good. Tolerance is Intolerant. This book presents explosive evidence of wide-spread delusion among 21st-century Christians. From the scientific to social unmentionables, I guarantee every reader will finish the book and say, “I never knew!”
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